I'm sorry I've missed a large amount of activity again. I've picked up full-time employment and that's been kicking my butt lately.
It's good to see so many new people coming to this thread to express their concerns and find help, though I'm sorry you guys all have to deal with this, especially being so young. Just hang in there, keep pushing for answers, and we'll all find them.
In any case, I've done a LOT of research on this topic since starting this thread, and I believe many of the symptoms we've been experiencing can be narrowed down to at least the following diseases and disorders:
- hypogonadism (low T, primary or secondary)
- adrenal fatigue/insufficiency (low or high cortisol)
- Lyme disease
- estrogen dominance (marked by high E2)
- neurotransmitter imbalances (e.g. low dopamine, high noradrenaline)?
Everyone on this thread, please do a few things:
1. Request as much lab work to be done as you possibly can! Every single lab matters! Here are the important ones:
a. total testosterone
b. bio-available testosterone (or free testosterone if bio isn't available)
c. estradiol (sensitive or ultra-sensitive assays)
f. LH & FSH
h. Free T4
i. Free T3
j. TPO & other antibody tests
k. vitamin d
l. vitamin b12
m. CBCs, CMPs, urinalysis (these are good indicators of kidney/liver function)
2. Ask your family if any of the above diseases run in the family! You don't have to ask your mom or dad if they experienced sexual dysfunction (I know that would be an awkward question), but ask them if anyone in the family has hypothyroidism, hypogonadism, etc.
3. Get a complete lab/blood work history from the hospital(s) you've had your labs run at! It's good for your own records as well as to track where you've been and where your body's going.
4. Try to establish a good sleep schedule, the best is reported to be 8 hours in the 10pm - 8am window. Also, get your vitamins, minerals, and fish oil in (unless you have specific reactions)! I know the sleep part is easier said than done... I've been struggling with this for years. Natrol Melatonin fast-dissolve 5mg tablets helped me in the past, and my sleep specialist informed me that this brand is the best formulation there is.
5. Never stop educating yourselves and reaching out.
I'm so close to figuring out what's going on with me guys. I'm meeting with an anti-aging bio-identical hormone replacement doctor this upcoming Thursday to discuss what's been going on with my body. Latest labs have confirmed that I'm developing primary hypothyroidism, and I have low T to boot. I'll let you all know how this turns out!
I'll be checking this thread more frequently and updating as I can. Please keep posting, and take care guys!
I think I should probably try a month without Gluten as well. What I'd actually really like to do is get a full allergy panel run to see if I'm allergic (even slightly) to dairy, soy, wheat, and other sources. Kudos on trying this though. If you stick to it you really just might see some good results.
Those labs you mentioned are definitely of immense importance in finding out what's going on with your body. Let us know if you get any of those run and the results, if any. And hang in there buddy. You'll figure this out eventually, just don't give up (even if you get discouraged).
For men with little sexual desire it is sometimes enough to have one or a few conversations in which they can express their feelings and ask questions about the extent to which their situation is abnormal. Counselling about reduced desire in stressful situations like death, unemployment, disease of the partner or stress at work can be sufficient. If all sexual interest has disappeared, and there is no masturbation either, the hormonal regulation should be examined. When anomalies in this are found, medication can be prescribed.
I would say that any man can benefit from counseling. In some cases, men who have developed erectile dysfunction for psychological reasons can recover all, if not most, of their sexual prowess from counseling alone. HOWEVER, the people posting on this thread are not talking about losing the ability to perform sexually as a sole problem. We are experiencing a host of symptoms, including fatigue, sleep difficulties, joint aches, weakness, brain fog, mood disturbances, and other maladies that can't be easily explained from a psychological standpoint. Counseling is great, but the biological side of things (hormones) must be examined as well.
I had my doctor test for Lyme, and the test came back inconclusive (as Lyme tests often do). He decided to prescribe me an antibiotic anyway "just to see" if I notice any changes. So he wrote me a prescription for Minocycline.
Interestingly enough, I've taken Minocycline before--many years ago for acne. This put me in an awkward position, because in addition to Lyme, there's also a possibility th** my problems are the result of a Candida overgrowth CAUSED by the Minocycline. But I figured there was only one way to find out, so I filled the prescription and gave it a go.
Now mind you, when I took this drug before, I was on it for a full year. Never had any problems with it. But THIS time, I barely got through two days of it before having such a terrible reaction th** I had to stop taking it. It made me confused, disconnected from reality, unable to speak or think clearly, and so dizzy I could barely walk straight. It was bad. Really bad. And all this from a drug th** previously had no side effects for me.
I'm not totally sure wh** this means, but I'm sure it means something...
Needless to say, I'm going to be doing some thinking.
I’ve noticed a trend amongst some of the people on this thread. Many of you have spoken about working out. For the people who are involved with the gym or even if you’re not, I have a question for you: Have you ever taken an all natural testosterone booster or steroids prior to having all your symptoms?
Personally, I had taken a natural test booster (Bioforge) and during my cycle was when the symptoms had started. Eventually my libido was drained completely and I have been stuck like this for almost three years now. Originally I had thought it had something to do with my vasectomy I had a year prior to experiencing these problems, but now I’m starting to second guess my theory. Like the most of you on here I too have regular to high test results. I hope this shines some light on eliminate any possible reason for these issues.
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I can only speak for myself, but no, I have never used any steroids or put my body through any cycles. I did try Tribulus, horny goat weed, DHEA, and several other "herbal" remedies, but only after I started having sexual dysfunction. They never appeared to do anything at all.
I am of the same mindset as you: I recently visited an anti-aging doc and had a very thorough panel of lab tests run. I would HIGHLY recommend pursuing a full hormone panel. Good luck and let us know if you make progress!
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