Why Talk to Your Doctor About Low Testosterone Symptoms | Everyday Health
I am a 39 year old male I had two blood tests done: The first showed my total t was scale and free was a 6 scale The second a month later was scale and free was 51 scale He didn't seem convinced that the numbers were that bad, although he said that he was surprised that they were that number at my age - 39 etc.
He said that most of the numbers were in range, except for the first blood test at and 6. He then wanted more bloodwork done - testosterone levels again, SHBG, lipid panel, and hemoglobin, and a 5 hour glucose tolerance test. He also is going to get me a pituitary MRI - and I told him that the last doctor I saw tried twice and both times were rejected by my insurance, but he said he will definitely get me that MRI pre-certification.
At that point he mentioned that he just doesn't want to start with testosterone replacement, since it is for life. He mentioned something about Barry Bonds and I wasn't sure what he meant exactly He wants to go through with the MRI and additional bloodwork. He then made an appointment for me in one month and by then all my labs and MRI will be in. Then, he said we will go from there. Anyone with opinions here? Do you think he is just covering himself by the additional bloodwork, MRI to rule out a tumor etc.?
I didn't get a good feel as if the endo wasn't sure my symptoms were from low-t, especially the aches and pains. Maybe he just wants to do more tests and go from there. I asked him about testosterone levels for my age and he said they should be at least The endo seemed very good and caring but I left there wondering Dec 8, Messages: I for one don't feel Endo's are good for low T but this one is a keeper do the testing he is right TRT is for life and if you have a Pituitary tumor then he will if he is good look at all your hormones a Pituitary problem can lower most of your hormones.
I have a bad Pituitary but it's from a head injury. So I feel he is doing a good Job and I hate Endo's the 7 I seen in the last 30 yrs were not up on hormones in men. And I would assume while he's at it, he would have more blood tests taken again in the meantime in addition to the two before within the last two months? Do you believe the endo thinks that and are low? All he said is that the numbers aren't real low, but "I am surprised that a guy like you at your age has these numbers Well yes your dam low to us but him maybe he is thinking to much about ranges yet my levels were very low when I first tested I have a new guy at my H2 forum his labs were 38 I never seen someone this low.
Sep 1, Messages: I would say this guy's on the fence, not the best of endo's, not the worst either. He IS covering himself by doing the blood work and tests. On the awesome end of the spectrum, the guy I go to is a former Mayo Clinic doc, someone who has 'seen it all' so to speak.
And interestingly my test came back at as well at age 37, which to him and according to the lab report was 'off the scale low' he immediately put me on TRT, injectables right out of the gate, and also explained the option of using Clomid someday if I was ever going to try and have a child and was experiencing fertility issues which I could care less about at the moment since I'm most definitely NOT trying to have a kid and welcome the male birth control aspect of using testosterone.
In regards to your doctor saying that "is not real low" would cause me to point out two things to him, that are staring him in the face so to speak: I mean - how much lower could it get? The only way it could get any lower would be if you removed one or both of your testicles. There is a HUGE difference between women and men, and once you get into test levels down below , you're talking about a number that is in the realm of being high for a woman, and not low for a man.
Especially if the words 'Barry Bonds' came out of his mouth. Doesn't matter what it related to, as soon as a Dr. Just tell him you don't play professional sports nor do you work for the DEA. Ratchet Man , Feb 22, Sep 18, Messages: Feb 6, Messages: You have to get those tests anyways, and if you are not having any ED, then you are doing pretty good. Once my numbers were below levitra couldn't even do anything.
I would suggest looking for a specialist anyways, because in a month he will either go for it or won't, having a backup doctor will be a good thing. I have had a doctor freak out on me when my hemocrit levels were high and the total test level came back high. He also wanted my testosterone levels to be under , and when he saw a , he wanted me to reduce my dosage God, it just pissed me off.
This and he will most likely prescribe simply testosterone and nothing else. You will need to get a prescription for hcg and arimidex Dec 11, Messages: The endo seems to be bending over backwards to avoid the obvious--that you need testosterone. Are your other hormones also disrupted like cortisol or thyroid? Be sure to do the insurance pre-approval first--don't rely on his office.
I'm sure he's made you sign something taking full responsibility for costs. Start looking for another doctor. You might be able to hold this guy's hand and guide him toward the treatment you want, but he's likely to rein you in at every step. To feel your best, you may need your T to be or Will he do that for you, or will he stop at an anemic ? You might also be prepared to explain to him that there's a difference between taking supraphysiological doses of hormones the Barry Bonds situation and having your hormones replaced to what they were in your younger days.
My experience is that it's not worth it to try to convert doctors. Their interests are too entrenched to be converted by patients. It's only when they hear success stories of T supplementation from their peers and superiors they they'll reconsider. Until then, you are in his mind simply a lowly patient who is assumed to know nothing and needs to be saved from himself.
Technophile , Feb 24, I have a question for everyone. The first time I had my testosterone taken it was at 8: The night before the first test, around 6: Would the two glasses of red wine have lowered the numbers hours later when the blood was drawn for my t-test? The reason I ask is that a month later, I had the same testosterone test done again around 3: I would think it should be higher in the morning, correct?
My testosterone number in the morning was 54 points lower than the afternoon testosterone test, and I wonder if the 2 glasses of red wine played a part in that, even though it was a month between tests. Right now I have the two blood tests and he ordered a third for testosterone, SHBG, and a lipid panel. I wonder how he will make up his mind or what will be the determining factor here?
He'll have a , a , and whatever the 3rd blood test reveals Either way, it's low. I've never heard that red wine lowers T; however, alcohol can interfere with elimination of E2 from your bloodstream. Since they hypothalamus can't tell the difference between T and E2, it's possible your E2 levels where elevated and T was suppressed during your first test. It's probably a small effect, however. Your T, and more importantly your free T were both very low both times you were tested.
Check out the graphs on page of this: T at 9 am is about So the difference between a 3: Better, but still sucky, IMO. Another example would be that I am more irritable at night than in the morning etc..
Well all I can do is go through with all of these additional blood tests and MRI and go back on March 24th. Sad part is, I am worried he's going to say "you're fine and everything is in range, adios!
He also commented that it seemed my main complaint was the aches in my muscles and joints and it shouldn't be that. I told him that is what bothers me most and that's how I noticed something was wrong initially and prompted me to get checked out.
I did tell him about the other symptoms as well that are common with low-t that I have