Help: Older dad with non-existant pituitary

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    Help: Older dad with non-existant pituitary


    My dad is 58yo. He was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago; I forget the specific kind, but it was between his nose and the roof of his mouth. It was treated with radiation therapy, and obviously it was successful.

    However, he's had many health issues since: he can't sleep, he's moody, depressed in cycles, has no energy, and so on. He finally, after 8 years of this, went to a dr, who ran some blood tests, which showed his test to be extremely low, among other things. Basically, his pituitary was destroyed by the radiation therapy. I'm not sure to what extent, but it sounds pretty total.

    He's now on TRT, and is seeing a naturopath who says his adrenals were shot. Within weeks of following her treatment suggestions, his energy levels and depression have nearly gone back to normal/acceptable levels.

    Keep in mind I'm repeating what he tells me over the phone, and it's just a general idea as to what his issues have been.

    My question: he looks old. My 87yo father in law looks and acts younger than my 58yo dad, physically. If his pituitary is gone, I'd assume his GH levels are somewhere in the useless range. I asked him to go to the dr and ask for his GH to be tested, but no luck yet. I thought of putting him on PGHt, but if there's no pituitary, there'd be no GH increase, correct? What could he take to increase GH?

    I'm a total noob to this stuff. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd listen with rapt ears.

    Thanks!

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    When I first found out my pituitary was bad I went to this site and got a lot of help from others with the same problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by poison
    My dad is 58yo. He was diagnosed with cancer 10 years ago; I forget the specific kind, but it was between his nose and the roof of his mouth. It was treated with radiation therapy, and obviously it was successful.

    However, he's had many health issues since: he can't sleep, he's moody, depressed in cycles, has no energy, and so on. He finally, after 8 years of this, went to a dr, who ran some blood tests, which showed his test to be extremely low, among other things. Basically, his pituitary was destroyed by the radiation therapy. I'm not sure to what extent, but it sounds pretty total.

    He's now on TRT, and is seeing a naturopath who says his adrenals were shot. Within weeks of following her treatment suggestions, his energy levels and depression have nearly gone back to normal/acceptable levels.

    Keep in mind I'm repeating what he tells me over the phone, and it's just a general idea as to what his issues have been.

    My question: he looks old. My 87yo father in law looks and acts younger than my 58yo dad, physically. If his pituitary is gone, I'd assume his GH levels are somewhere in the useless range. I asked him to go to the dr and ask for his GH to be tested, but no luck yet. I thought of putting him on PGHt, but if there's no pituitary, there'd be no GH increase, correct? What could he take to increase GH?

    I'm a total noob to this stuff. If anyone has any suggestions, I'd listen with rapt ears.

    Thanks!

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