This poor bastard !!
- 04-07-2007, 07:50 AM
This poor bastard !!
The chicken or the Egg?
I'm not sure when I actually became hypogonadic. I think I was about 25. I went through puberty, etc. OK, but suddenly at 25 I started gaining weight and began to lose interest in a social life. I had all the signs of depression. My first encounter with an endocrinologist was about 6 years later, when my thyroid started acting up. At that time I questioned him about measuring my Testosterone levels, and he blew me off, saying, "if you have to shave, your hormones are OK".
Another 8 years went by and I started getting short of breath all the time. This time I was told I had asthma. After a year of meds and no results, I was so bad I could hardly walk out to my car without getting breathless. I finally insisted on seeing a specialist. After numerous tests and a nasty surgery to remove a chunk of my lungs, (the only way to get a sure diagnosis), they finally told me I have Sarcoidosis, an immune system disorder where your body basically attacks itself - usually in the lungs. They put me on prednisone, which I'm still on, but there was still something else wrong and I knew it.
One day a friend told me he had been diagnosed with osteoporosis. They had linked it to low Testosterone. For some reason, A light bulb went off and I just KNEW that was my problem. I made an appointment with his endo and told her my story and basically insisted that she test me for everything. The results - Testosterone level 136, FSH and LH very low. Classic secondary hypogonadism. I made her do more tests and we found out I was diabetic, had osteoporosis, and had a high IGF-1 level. Lovely!
Anyway, the doctors have no idea what got me to this state, but I firmly believe it started with low Testosterone levels, which screws up the immune system, which led to all the other mess.
- 04-07-2007, 01:23 PM
I understand totally. I have been through lots of problems myself with symptoms of hormonal imbalance i.e. low testosterone. I will hopefully get my T level results soon. Basically from bowel trouble, anal soreness, prostate trouble, weak ejaculation, premature ejaculation, very low labido, irritability, stress, insomnia, becoming delusional, being unable to gain weight etc etc. The thing is I have always been a very positive person that looked forward to things so felt my anxiety and dysfunction to be very external
I think the main thing that clicked for me was when I found that there actually IS A REASON why the genitals atrophy that isn't completely psychological i.e. lowT/High E2 ratio and this can also mirror symptoms of depression! I used to be really hung and ridiculously horny so this has been a killer for me. I am only 22 and need viagra to really use my equipment, that doesn't feel very natural but neccessary.
I have done everything I can to keep myself in general good health besides this so hopefully I can get back to something like my former self. I find ZMA, fish oil along with Vit E are good suppliments to help you with this horrible condition, I wouldn't wish it on anyone
04-07-2007, 01:27 PM
I actually can empathize with you because it sounds a lot like what I have had issues with except that I haven't been diagnosed with anything and I got tired of going to the doctors so I just deal as best as I can. **** it i'm tired and have too much to deal with to try and fight the doctors.
04-07-2007, 07:05 PM
lots of vitamins, minerals, probiotics
Keep hormones (BAT, E2, DHEA, FreeT3) in correct range (by frequent testing and dose adjustment) for a year.
After a year of above routine many of your current symptoms should disapper.
Deal with a balance of symptoms.
Post here on your progress.
04-07-2007, 07:09 PM
04-07-2007, 07:27 PM
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04-07-2007, 07:31 PM
04-07-2007, 08:16 PM
For me the worst part of this nightmare has been the fact that from day one, not on eperson believed me. I remember being 15 and telling my mother I felt something was very wrong. She said "your just depressed" and kinda smiled.
After feeling lousy for 8 more years I told a dr I thought my testosterone was low. He said "thats very rare" and brushed me off. Damn if he had only tested me then....I freakin hate that man.
I have always had jobs well beneath me and used to get in trouble for "appearing to have a bad attitude". I would crash three or four times a day and was in pain the entire day while trying to work. I doubt three percent of my co-workers would of gone to work feeling like I did. I went a year without missing a day.
Then it got to the point where I couldnt work full time. I was called lazy, not motivated, a deadbeat and worthless....by my own family.
Once I found a dr who prescibes mostly natual meds....my family told me continously it would not work and again said "youre just depressed".
Then I found this board and started talking to like minded people in real life. I basically told my dr what to give me and he gave it to me.
Now I am starting to finally feel better and my numbers bare this out.
But why did I have to go through all of that???? I have lost half my life to this and 18 years of money I did not make. Its funny how so many drs are wrong in ways that make them the most money over time.
I am not bitter (ok a little) but see that as analagous to the fact that my bank never makes a mistake and puts too much money in my account. In that case....is it really a mistake?
04-07-2007, 09:54 PM
04-07-2007, 09:55 PM
Everyone thought I was just making **** up as well. It's sad when you feel better because you find out you're messed up siomply because you can show people you weren't nuts.
04-08-2007, 01:32 AM
04-08-2007, 07:51 AM
04-08-2007, 09:22 AM
Depression and anxiety are very, very common diagnosis. I think they get kickbacks from the drug companies to rx ambien
04-08-2007, 10:52 AM
04-08-2007, 01:37 PM
So you were a bodybuilder or just into the fitness scene? I find myself currently really getting into not exactly doing bodybuilding competetions or anything but living the lifestyle to some extent. I like the challenging of transforming my body so to speak.Originally Posted by hardasnails1973
04-08-2007, 02:12 PM
I felt best on hcg, and tcreame 5%, 20 mgs cortef, 25 mcgs t-3 and had gained 15 solid lbs in 2 weeks, but under drs orders i came off and worst mistake of my life !!
04-08-2007, 02:39 PM
Thanks for the reply. Sorry to hear about what happened. Do you have an aspirations of getting back into it?Originally Posted by hardasnails1973
04-08-2007, 02:40 PM
04-08-2007, 02:46 PM
04-08-2007, 02:51 PM
My healtcare platform will be as follows:
Currently I pay $300 a month for insurance. My company is a startup and doesnt provide it. Most people who work for large companies pay $60 a month or so and the company picks up the other $240.
This plan will still have you pay $60 but that will go towards an insurance policy with a $5000 deductible. The other $240 will be paid to you by your company and you can either get insurance or keep the money.
You will have to pay cash for all doctors appointments until you reach the $5000 deductible at which point the insurance will kick in. This will accomplish two things. It will cause doctors to be much more accountable to their patients because people will be furious if they give their dr $1000 and he does nothing or gives people bad advice. It will also cause people to take care of themselves because they will be rewarded by not having to spend money for healthcare that year and get to keep the $3000. Why should I pay the same for insurance as someone who drinks every day, eats all the wrong foods and doesnt work out?
I spent $1000 in April on healthcare, roughly half of my take home pay, and got absolutely nothing out of it. This will make both me and my doctor much more accountable.
04-08-2007, 02:53 PM
04-08-2007, 03:02 PM
My greatest concern with nationalized healthcare is that it will create 60 million new "customers" for an industry has not demonstrated the ability to perform its function.
Currently there is no true motivation for anyone, doctors or patients, to do the right things.
04-08-2007, 03:03 PM
04-08-2007, 08:03 PM
Well, I hope it all works out for ya in the end. Myself I have quite a bit of work ahead me. I dieted down from 205 to 150 over 2.5 years and now got to work my way back up to add some muscle to my boney ass.Originally Posted by hardasnails1973
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