Does any male take testosterone replacement therapy?

Richard7

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I don't but my doctor did test my levels about 4 years ago and they were normal range : 22 nmol/L; range 9.5 -28.

So I guess that low testosterone was not an issue for me, but it was clearly something that my doctor wondered about.

Have you had your levels tested?
 

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My Dr regularly test my hormones. I take 50 mg of DHEA, 50 mg pregnenolone and 25 mg of Clomid about every other day. My Dr also test my thyroid and lots of other things!

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@Johnskip

After more than three decades managing CFS with some success, I went into a decline about a year ago.

With new (and more user-friendly) insurance via my wife's job in hand, I started pushing to see if there were any areas of my health that might be contributing to the rebound of fatigue. But all the tests and bloodwork came back "normal."

I accepted normal initially, but then started sifting through the tests (while battling brain-fog).

The first test that made me sit up was free testosterone. At 306 ng/dL I was 6 points over my health groups cut off for TRT despite the best medical evidence standing in opposition to such arbitrary cutoffs. I assembled medical studies, consulted by phone with a leading doctor in the field, got thrown out of the Chief of Endocrinology's office, but finally found a brave doctor who was willing to buck his boss.

For a year I've been injecting testosterone. First every-other week in office visits, then self-injecting once-a-week (the latter being much better as for me it eliminates highs and lows).

I can't say testosterone cured my CFS. It did not. But it helped cut fatigue, brain-fog, and promoted well-being and fitness. Life altering for me.

As I cleared mentally I saw my thyroid numbers were not optimal. Treating. Vitamin D was sub-normal. Treating. B12? Same.

Also discovered I have sleep apnea. Treating.

Together these therapies are helping a great deal. I'd rank the testosterone at the top of the list.

The experience has made be very aware that "normal" and "optimal" are very different measures.

Bill
 
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