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Old 01-16-2002, 03:48 AM   #1
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Need some help plz

HI ppl
i was in need of some advice again.
I have a new Dr now and he has come across some other factors which may b contributing to my incredible fatigue - other than thyroid.
I have now decreased my dose back to 50 mcgs BUT,

Apparantley my testosterone levels are low and DHEA...now i dont know much about all this at all and i'm scared !
My levels are still in the normal range but are low.
Testosterone 1.8 ref ( < 11 )
DHEAs 2.8 ref (0.9 - 12 )
Does anyone think these levels are low enough to go on hormone therapy ?
the dr wants me to go on 12 mg of DHEA and 1 mg of testosterone in the form of a troche ?? like a lozenger
SHOULD i look into this further? is this a low dose and WHAT SIDE EFFECTS SHOULD I EXPECT ??
any advice would b gr8
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Re: Need some help plz

I am glad you have another doctor that is listening. That's great news, because as I remember you have been really struggling.

As for the testosterone, one of the things that you woudl notice by getting it optimized would be increased libido. Another effect is that it helps build muscle tissue. Since muscle tissue burns fat, it might help with weight loss, or at least to trim off some inches. These effects might not be noticed for months, though.

DHEA metabolizes into Androstenedione, which is a precursor to Testosterone, and supplementing it may help with your testosterone level, too. It helped mine, anyways. DHEA alone might be the way to go, if for no other reason than that your body will utilize it as it needs it rather than supplementing with a specific hormone. That, however is just my opinion.

Those are relatively low doses of each. Watch your skin for signs of having too much, since te symptoms of too much of either are similar: you may start breaking out or the hair on your face may thicken or get darker. If either of these thing start to happen, let your doctor know, and lower your dose. Realistically, though, at the doses you are going to be taking, I doubt that this will happen.

Do keep in mind that the results of supplementing these may take months to notice, so be patient.

 
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That doctor sounds right on!

If you notice excess facial hair, just stop the testosterone and give the doc a call. It is sure worth a try!

 
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Re: Need some help plz

Thanx for the replies MEEP AND TF <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif">

I am still a bit concerned. JUST ONE MORE QUESTION....**do u think my levels are low enough for supplementation ?**

I am a 25 yr old female who weighs 40 kgs and 150 cm tall !!! ( I AM TINY ).

What number am i aiming to bring my levels up 2 ?
The dr said that this should help my energy levels ?

I just NEED TO KNOW that its not dangerous as my body is in NEED of it ! I'm not sure if perhaps the blood tests are already "normal for me and my body" ?

I dont need to go through any more of a physical or emotional stress because the last 6 months have really ripped me to shreds...wondering why i was getting sicker, weaker. Perhaps i was on too much thyroid med? we'll see soon since i have dropped the dose.I am a stressed out emoitional MESS
But do i really need this is my main concern...how can i find out as much as i can ?
Do all drs supplement ppl with my lab values ? TOO many questions i know...i just stress out SO much...i dont want to get sicker thats all and i DONT WANT TO BECOME A MAN LOL and i sure dont need acne...my self esteeem is already damaged enough !!!

 
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Hi little,
With hormones, no one can tell what level will give any specific person wellness, because while there are basic norms, we are have different needs. It is determined on trial basis.

I am trying Estratest, which is estrogen and testosterone because I have no ovaries to produce the normal small ammount I need. My symptoms were no libido, and inability to tone my muscles. So far those symptoms have been helped, with no side-effects.

I don't think you need to worry over taking the hormones for a month or so and see if they help without hindering. If you begin to get unwanted symptoms, just stop taking them, and call the doc. You may need a lower dose or some other treatment.

Those are low ammounts, and your symptoms warrant the trial.

 
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