Lab Results after 1 month on Androgel
- 05-01-2007, 01:19 PM
Lab Results after 1 month on Androgel
Hey guys - after being on 5grams/day of Androgel for one month here are my results:
Total Test: 434 on scale of 300-900 (up from 143)
Free Test: 18.97 on scale of 8-27 (up from 7)
So I guess the Androgel has been successful, but I still don't feel 100%. 434 is still quite low for a 24 yr old anyway, I think. The doc says I'm in normal range and refuses to up my dose to 7.5 or even 10 grams, despite how I feel. Also, as I mentioned in a previous thread, since I sweat so much throughout the day, I might be sabotaging myself. Either way I'd rather increase the dose, but she won't budge.
Should I expect my blood levels to rise anymore over time or are they stabilized at 1 month?
I guess this goes back to me finding another endo or another doctor...which frankly, between my work and home responsibilities, is quite hard to do...
What do you guys think?
- 05-01-2007, 01:30 PM
- 05-01-2007, 01:33 PM
05-01-2007, 01:41 PM
05-01-2007, 01:42 PM
Run from this doctor. Run run run.
She is clueless.
Where are you located?
05-01-2007, 04:58 PM
05-01-2007, 05:08 PM
05-01-2007, 05:11 PM
Bro, can you actually give me a challenge?
Take your Pic. Do your research on them first.
The World Health Network - Anti-Aging and Longevity
The World Health Network - Anti-Aging and Longevity
Got these two from here - The World Health Network - Anti-Aging and Longevity
I checked them out a little. From what I read they seem to know a few things. Not Dr John, But you will be much better off than were your at now.
Last edited by plymouth city; 05-01-2007 at 05:33 PM. Reason: I do what I want
05-01-2007, 05:26 PM
I have been on the same Androgel doseage as you for the past 4 months..
What you will notice soon if not already that your nut sack will start to get tucked up close to your body. Like jumping into a cold pool. This will mean that that your LH and FSH are suppressed, have them checked. I did and found that they were below normal due to the Androgel shutting down your system. You'll go back to your doctor and you'll ask him/her if they can put you on HCG, per Dr. John's recommendations. Then your doctor will freak and say no because most doctors are clueless beyond giving out Androgel..
Right now I am with an Urologist who is trying to get the LH and FSH numbers up..
05-01-2007, 06:17 PM
05-01-2007, 06:17 PM
05-01-2007, 06:52 PM
Your testis are probably still working, some.
Expect your TotalT to get down some.
You need at least 7.5gram Androgel and 250IU HCG/day
Try to switch to a Tcream.
The more dense the better. I use 10%, 100mg/1gram.
You could put it on you calfs, they are not sweating that much.
My best on 5gram Androgel was 664.
Make sure you are not spilling anything, do it slowly and in very small amounts, do not wash you hands (and do not touch women and children).
05-02-2007, 11:35 AM
Its only 3 hours. Drive it! No problem. People drive from out of state to go see specialists. Im sure Dr J can attest to that. I drive to chicago, 4 hours away, for the fun of it.
Muster up what T you got left and do it
05-02-2007, 12:13 PM
My fear is that 90% of the specialists out there are idiots about this stuff and there is only that 10% that Dr. John falls into that really understand male hormones...
05-02-2007, 12:21 PM
05-04-2007, 05:07 AM
Just curious how your applying your gel? I have heard people suggest not to rub it in too much, well I tested at 760ng/dl on testogel, and the way I apply it is I take out about 2g rub it around on one arm in a circular motion and before it starts getting sticky i wipe the excess to my traps and start rubbing it in there, then repeat for the other side, then take out about 1/2 gram for each flank and do the same, rubbing it in, in a circular motion. During the 1st month I noticed the less I rubbed it in the more frosting I got.
05-04-2007, 01:42 PM
I appreciate your circumstances, but your doctor is ignorant. Perhaps you can find another doctor who contracts with your insurance who is willing to read Dr. John's TRT-A Recipe for Success. I believe he will work on a consult basis with your primary doctor. She obviously has a lot to learn.
Your T is "normal" but not optimal." You need to know what your E2 and other values are because hormones work together in a context. They do not work in isolation. Your doc probably got a C+ in physiology. What a shame.
What you can do is read Dr. John's literature at AllThingsMale.com and scour the archives here.
We can give you info, but sadly we can't prescribe better treatment for you.
05-04-2007, 01:52 PM
50% of doctors graduated at the bottom half of their class
05-04-2007, 04:29 PM
I dont think doctors' inteligence or exam marks is the issue, its there attitude, very unimaginative and conservative by the book dont ask questions type of people, which I guess is what the professors want, and the type of minds you get, to be a doctor you need to retain HUGE amounts of infomation and be able to recall it, so imagination and creativity must be the tradeoff.
05-05-2007, 01:09 PM
05-06-2007, 09:20 AM
05-10-2007, 09:37 AM
Ah this is a question I've been wanting to ask now for awhile! Is this a good way to tell if your not producing enough Testosterone? If your sack is always pulled up tight? I have had this problem for forever and always wondered if something was wrong. My goal is to try to start my body kicking up it's own production before going on TRT.
What you will notice soon if not already that your nut sack will start to get tucked up close to your body.
05-10-2007, 04:22 PM
I was giving my situation after being on Androgel for Four months. When I noticed this happening, I went back to my doctor and had him check my FSH and LH levels.
They were,, FSH <.07 (1.6-8.0)
LH 0.3 (1.5-9.3)
05-10-2007, 10:33 PM
05-11-2007, 06:30 PM
05-12-2007, 07:11 AM
if you like to keep your balls add
The thing is, of your balls are capable of producing T then you only need steady HCG.
Testing and more testing, just the proper testing will give you correct way of action.
Applying too little of Androgel makes you worst not better.
05-12-2007, 08:25 AM
05-12-2007, 04:18 PM
05-13-2007, 09:37 AM
So I am actually scared of my current endo at this point. I tried to confront her about all the B.S. she was throwing my way...it was kinda sad really:
Me: My chest is getting somewhat sensitive. I know you didn't test my estrogen levels yet, but do you prescribe anti-estrogens?
Her: No, we don't normally do that.
Me: but what if my estrogen is getting high?
Her: It shouldn't on 5 grams of androgel. Are you developing breast tissue?
Me: Not yet, but I know hormones well enough to know when it's time to add an anti-estrogen, or at least have my levels checked.
Her: If you started to develop breast tissue, we would take you off the Androgel. We don't prescribe anti-estrogens.
Me: So what happens to my test levels if my estrogen gets too high and you take me off androgel? Doesn't that leave me worse off than before?
Her: Well, that's kind of a gray area. It shouldn't happen.
The conversation just went downhill from there. I asked her why she thinks putting me on Androgel would make my LH and FSH levels come back. She said we had to wait and see, even after I explained that it had been 15+ months since I touched anabolic steroids. Her whole motivation for not letting me increase my test levels into a comfortable range was that if we got into the upper range of normal, we would suppress LH and FSH. That logic is so flawed it's ridiculous--wouldn't they already be supressed? Oh and here's the best part. If my LH and FSH somehow magically come back to normal, she takes me off androgel, cold turkey. I asked her: Won't that just leave me with no natural test? She said no, because 5 grams Androgel will not shut you down....
Kill me now.
I got yet another referral from my GP for another endo, but they can't see me for another month. This is like a bad dream.
05-13-2007, 09:53 AM
go see Dr. Shippen, its not that far from you or dr. John if you feel like flying
05-13-2007, 09:59 AM
Scratch endos from your doctors list.
Get a list of about 10 doctors and start interviewing by phone.
Talk to their nurses first.
Use this two links to prospect.
American Osteopathic Association
Thyroid Disease Information Source -- Bestselling Books, News, Information on Living Well With Hypothyroidism, Autoimmune Disease, Thyroid Diet, Home Page of Mary Shomon
If you can, see:
Bottom line, if you are comfortable or do not have a better choice;
find any easy going doctor who would write script for you when asked.
Usually when you appear as you know about subject it would put your doctor at ease.
My doctor is at ZIP 07410
05-13-2007, 10:11 AM
05-13-2007, 10:17 AM
05-13-2007, 11:00 AM
Come on Rauch, you can do it. Make appointment. Buckle seatbelt. Drive. You got this. :bruce3:
I will tell you this. Nothing would give me more satisfaction(women not included) then walking into this ladies office as a laymen and giving her a verbal smackdown on HRT.
05-13-2007, 12:30 PM
anyone know a good doc in ohio? im 27yrs old test levels are 189.did a few cycles,took paxil for about 7yrs, low libido and somewhat ed probs need help please
05-13-2007, 08:52 PM
05-13-2007, 08:56 PM
hehe he's inbetween Dr. JOhn and Dr. Shippen : )~
05-14-2007, 12:36 PM
These seem to get more common by the day.
Which came first the chicken or the egg(low T or the depression)
Anyways enough rambling, go see Dr J, your 27 I don't wanna hear any whiny BS excuses , make a road trip out of it.
05-14-2007, 12:51 PM
'SRIs (or SSRIs/SNRIs) anti-depression drugs cause chronic excessive prolactin production (called HyperProlactimia, a pituitary functional disorder) to block the brain's dopamine nervous function in the hypothalamus-pituitary axis responsible for emotional and orgasm hormone oxytocin release, and interfere with other neurotransmitter systems and syntheses and hormonal production by overloading the liver P450 detoxification system, and blocks the spinal nervous transmission in the synapses with a flooding of serotonin due to the re-uptaking inhabitation action. It alternates the gene expression of the dopamine D2 receptors, acetylcholine receptors, and 5-HT (Serotonin) 2C receptors. Therefore, it disables the erectile nervous function in the penis/clitoris and G-spot, the seminal production or vaginal lubrication and de-sensitizes the nerves in the penis, prostate, seminal vesicles, clitoris, G-spot, vagina, cervix and uterus for no more sexual orgasm. Particularly, you will never achieve orgasm or produce semen with a a high level of prolactin in your blood stream and the desensitized sensory and blocked parasympathetic and sympathetic nerves. SSRIs will kill your sexual function naturally via the destruction of the pituitary and liver function. SSRIS drugs only inhibit the re-uptaking of serotonin in the nervous synapse, but actually decrease the serotonin synthesis in the nervous terminals due to their destruction effects on the liver P450. Taking SSRIs drugs may reduce the serotonin nervous action on the neuromsucular ending receptors in the guts, bladder, urethra, prostate and anus for incontinence. By the way, excessive prolactin in the bloodstream reduced the testosterone and DHT release from the testicles and ovaries, resulting in bone and muscle weakness, in addition to disabling sexual functions and responses and seminal production. '
05-14-2007, 04:40 PM
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