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Old 12-27-2009, 02:02 PM   #1
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Low Testosterone

Hi all..
My boyfriend is 40 years old. We live in Eugene, Oregon. He has been tested for testosterone by our primary doctor and he found that his levels were extremely low. The doctor prescribed him with injections of testosterone but after doing that his levels are still in the low normal range- below 300. The doctor will not up the dosage and we are at a loss of what to do next. We have searched for doctors in the Eugene area to see if there's someone that specializes in this field. Is there anyone out there that can help??

He also takes Cymbalta for depression, which aren't really helping. He recently switched from Prozac to Cymbalta. He has problems with sleep apnea as well.

I love my boyfriend dearly and it breaks my heart that he is suffering the way he is. Please if there's anyone who can help out there, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks

 
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:44 PM   #2
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Re: Low Testosterone

I'm sorry to hear about your boyfriend's problem. However, he is not alone. Low T is much more common than many realize. I would highly recommend you seek the advice of a Urologist or Endocrinologist. Both are specialists in this area.

Low T treatment (often referred to as HRT or hormone replacement therapy), isn't a "one and done" thing. Your Doc's reluctance to tweak therapy unfortunately shows that he doesn't know what he's doing.

First of all, conventional protocol calls for the gel as first level of treatment. The gel provides a more even keeled response....Daily applications of T. Also, one can very easily change the amt of treatment by the amt they apply per day. Androgel comes in a pump, thus, one can change the # pumps. One never knows where the cut off or change between the # of applications, can make a big difference. The amt needed to raise one's T is not an exact science by any means.

Secondly, shots are usually reserved for those who either don't respond to the gel initially, or with those who the gel becomes ineffective after using for a while. The problem with shots is that they provide a lot of hormone at once, and then the patients levels decline over time. Thus, more likely to be peaks and valleys. Conversely, the gel is more consistent, given the daily application.

Lastly, regardess of the treatment, it can take a while for one's levels to stabilize. It's quite common for adjustments to be made in order to get the patient completely dialed in. This is why protocol recommends a follow up appointment 30 days after initial treatment and then at 6 months. Blood testing at both intervals is used to determine how the treatment is responding. Once a person gets dialed in, appointments are either every 6 months or yearly, depending on the preference of the Dr.

These periodic appointments are required because raising one's T level can be difficult. Not only is each person different re: how much they may need to raise T a certain amount, but more importantly, HRT treatment isn't about the "number" or T level, but about the symptoms. Good HRT Docs treat the symptoms and not the overall T level. Sure the particular # is a good general indicator, but two people many need completely different levels. For example, one person may do fine at 500, while the next may not.

I hope this gives you some basic information on HRT. Again, I highly recommend you get your boyfriend to either a urologist or a endocrinologist. It will be worth the effort.

Best of luck to you.

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Old 12-29-2009, 04:23 PM   #3
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Re: Low Testosterone

Is he overweight? Does he have other symptoms like hot/cold intolerance, dry skin, stomach problems or fatigue?

 
Old 12-30-2009, 11:30 AM   #4
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Re: Low Testosterone

Yes he is overweight. He has dealt with weight issues all his life. He has every symptom of both depression and low T.

We have since called a local Endocrinologist and made an appt with them. Hopefully we'll get some good news from him. If not - I have contacted Dr. Crisler (sp?) in Michigan to see about taking him to see him. His office sent me all the paperwork to fill out for a new patient information if we decide to go that route.

It would be a big expense for us both to fly out there, but it would be worth it to see him feeling happy and healthy again.

Wish us luck!

 
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Re: Low Testosterone

Can you spell out ALL the symptoms he has specifically. He may well have more than a testosterone problem if he suffers from things like hot/cold intolerance, deep fatigue, sore red tongue, digestion problems, etc.

 
Old 12-31-2009, 08:59 PM   #6
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Re: Low Testosterone

I can attest to that. I was on here at the end of last year with low testosterone issues. It wasn't until around the beginning of this year that I started developing hot/cold intolerance, feeling cold in the house, and other symptoms which are starting to look more like a thyroid issue. In the last 9 days I have developed what I believe is a goiter. My neck is swollen and painful at times. I also have hot flashes, cold spells, and nausea to the point of dry heaving and sometimes vomitting. If he has any of those symptoms it wouldn't be a bad idea to get this thyroid checked.

By the way, I did go and see Dr. Crisler last year. He was awesome, but I lost my insurance so I had to stop seeing him. I have found someone in Portland that deals with thyroid issues and testosterone. I see him on the 6th. PM me if you would like his info.

 
Old 01-06-2010, 11:26 PM   #7
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Re: Low Testosterone

Quote:
Originally Posted by crittbc View Post
Hi all..
My boyfriend is 40 years old. We live in Eugene, Oregon. He has been tested for testosterone by our primary doctor and he found that his levels were extremely low. The doctor prescribed him with injections of testosterone but after doing that his levels are still in the low normal range- below 300. The doctor will not up the dosage and we are at a loss of what to do next. We have searched for doctors in the Eugene area to see if there's someone that specializes in this field. Is there anyone out there that can help??

He also takes Cymbalta for depression, which aren't really helping. He recently switched from Prozac to Cymbalta. He has problems with sleep apnea as well.

I love my boyfriend dearly and it breaks my heart that he is suffering the way he is. Please if there's anyone who can help out there, I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks
Hi
I am having the same issues with my husband and low T. Could you share with me some of the symptoms you see. Is his mood different? My husband is VERY irritable, grumpy, sleeps all the time, I mean for the entire weekend. He has also put on a lot of weight in the belly area I have noted as well. He has erection issues which I know would be the cause of the low T. He sweats a lot, even in the cold. He just seems so different. My husband is a big man, he is 6'3 and built very large but he just seems weak now compared to how he used to be. I feel so bad for him and i am trying to learn all I can.
Thanks
Rhiannon

 
Old 01-08-2010, 01:26 PM   #8
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Re: Low Testosterone

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Hi
I am having the same issues with my husband and low T. Could you share with me some of the symptoms you see. Is his mood different? My husband is VERY irritable, grumpy, sleeps all the time, I mean for the entire weekend. He has also put on a lot of weight in the belly area I have noted as well. He has erection issues which I know would be the cause of the low T. He sweats a lot, even in the cold. He just seems so different. My husband is a big man, he is 6'3 and built very large but he just seems weak now compared to how he used to be. I feel so bad for him and i am trying to learn all I can.
Thanks
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Hi Rhiannon -

Yes I can share. Same symptoms that you are describing. He was irritable, sad, depressed, sleep all screwed up, no energy to do anything and generally not feeling well at all. It's actually all the same symptoms as depression, which he's been getting treated for - for years.

I love my boyfriend dearly and we have finally gotten him into see an endocrinologist. If you haven't taken your husband in - you should. My boyfriend is 6'3 and also a big guy - big shoulders. Because of depression and now we find out, low t, he has had problems with weight. The endocrinologist that we are seeing is having him stay off his shots for 2 weeks. He's going to do blood work and test for some causes of low t, pituitary and some other stuff, and see if that's why he has low t. If it is, then we can treat that. He is then going to do testing 3, 5, 7 and 9 days after he's back on the Testosterone shots.

I would recommend getting your husband in to see someone right away. I wish we had done this a year ago when we first found out about this, instead of going through our regular primary doctor and going straight to an endo doctor.

Good luck!

 
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