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I know this is a very long post but I would be really grateful if anyone could look at it and give any kind of feedback. I am at my wits end with this and no doctor wants to listen to me.

Iím 27 and I have a long list of symptoms and have tried treating them separately and tried to get them dealt with by separate doctors and specialists because I never thought that all my symptoms might be connected. Treatment for all of my symptoms has been unsuccessful. But now, after spending some time reading your site and looking at posts on this forum I think they may be caused by low testosterone; here is a list of my symptoms:

Shrinking Penis, Penile Atrophy, Erectile Dysfunction, lack of nocturnal/morning erections, weak erections, low libido.
In late September 2009 I noticed that my penis had shrunk. I literally woke up one morning and it had shrunk. When flaccid, my penis was small and shrivelled up, as if I had just been in cold shower; it felt dead. I struggled to get full erections and suffered from full ED on 3 occasions. When I did manage to get an erection; it was much weaker than I was used to and my penis never got fully tumescent (the head of the penis was smaller than the shaft which was also much thinner than pre September 2009). I went to see an urologist who looked over my blood work and said that everything was Ďnormalí and within the usual ranges. He then prescribed a monthís worth of Cialis for daily use, while this restored my penis to its previous size while taking it, once I stopped taking it, my penis returned to its shrunken, weak state. I have lived like this since Sep 2009. At the start of this year I had a penile Doppler colour ultrasound which showed that blood flow to the penis was normal. My urologist has since recommended that I go back on Cialis for a slightly longer period of 3 months which I am not happy about.

Diarrhoea, excessive wind, loose stools, poor digestion, excessive belching.

In August 2010 I suffered from would be described as textbook irritable bowel syndrome; I was prescribed medication by my GP which did nothing to relieve my symptoms but the problem resolved itself after a month. In April 2011 the symptoms came back but much worse and much more persistent. I went to see a gastroenterologist who conducted stool samples, blood tests, exclusion diets, colonoscopies and nothing abnormal was found. I was treated with various medicines, probiotics and suppositories; none of which alleviated my symptoms. At this point the gastroenterologist conceded that it was in fact not IBS and we would have to explore ways of dealing with the individual symptoms as we cannot determine a cause Ė this has been unsuccessful.

Overactive Bladder
I have suffered from what I would call a weak bladder for as long as I have been an adult. In June 2011 my symptoms got much worse, urinating sometimes twice an hour and waking up 3 or 4 times during the night to urinate. Each time with urgency and sometimes passing only as little as 60ml of urine. I had ultrasound scans kidneys and bladder which showed everything to be normal. I have since cut out caffeine and creatine from my diet - this has improved the situation somewhat but by no means cured it.

Brain fog, lack of motivation, no zest for life, poor concentration, poor memory.

I often really struggle to concentrate on tasks at work, even simple tasks and regularly forget things that people have just told me. I have a very hard time getting motivated to do anything.

Poor sleep
I sleep poorly because I either suffer from night sweats or my body tenses up while I am asleep. I often wake up feeling exhausted because my whole body, especially my legs have been tensing all night; itís as if I have just had a workout.

Anxiety
I am currently 6 months into receiving psychotherapy for mild anxiety. Iím not taking any medication for it.

Other information
I work out 3 times a week. Eat pretty clean. Drink alcohol maybe 1-2 times a week. Donít smoke. Donít use any drugs now but between the ages of 18-21 I smoked a lot of marijuana. Donít take any kind of supplements Ė have experimented with zinc and L-arginine but did not improve symptoms.

The confusing part

6 months ago I stopped watching porn. 6 weeks ago I stopped masturbating. During weeks 3 and 4 all of the above symptoms vanished: my penis returned to normal size, I was able to attain 100% full erections, I was getting nocturnal/morning erections, my anxiety and brain fog subsided, I had no digestive problems. However last week the symptoms returned.

What I am wondering is - what is the real situation?

1)   Is low testosterone causing all of the above symptoms? or
2)   Is my anxiety (which I believe I have been suffering from for a number of years) responsible for lowering my testosterone and therefore causing the symptoms.
3)   Or something else like I have somehow messed up hormone production by the marijuana I used to smoke.

Here is some blood work I had done at the end of 2009 (I believe the blood would have been taken mid-morning; 10-11am)
Serum testosterone Ė               17.6 nmol/L (range 10-30)
30 minute serum TSH level Ė            1.1 mIU/L (range 0.3-5.5)
Serum free T4 level Ė               15.7 pmol/L (range 9-25)
Serum sex hormone binding glob Ė 19 nmol/L (range 10-62)
Serum Total Protein -              82 g/L (range 60-80)
Serum Albumin -                       51 g/L (range 35-50)
Serum globulin -                       31 g/L (range 25-35)
Serum HDL Cholesterol Lvl          1.7 mmol/L (range 1>)
Serum LDL Cholesterol Lvl          3.4 mmol/L (range 1-3)
Serum Cholesterol                     5.5 mmol/L (range 1-5)
Serum Triglycerides                     0.8 mmol/L (range 0.5-2)

Thank you if you made it this far. Please, if you have any information I would love to hear it. My plan is to go and get some blood work done either this week or next so I have some up to date figures. If I do get blood tests done what information is critical and what extras would be useful if you had them? Iím worried though that neither my GP nor my urologist know how to interpret the figures correctly and as long as I fall between the usual lab ranges they believe me to be normal. I want to be able to challenge them and say ďlook here, this is what is normal for a 27 year old guyĒ.

Thanks again.

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Shrinking Penis, Penile Atrophy, Erectile Dysfunction, lack of nocturnal/morning erections, weak erections, low libido.

- I have this now. I think my colitis is the main cause, plus the fact that I began to take Prozac but then decided to stop. I took it for OCD/anxiety. I took it for maybe 2 or 3 weeks.

Diarrhoea, excessive wind, loose stools, poor digestion, excessive belching.

- You mentioned creatine. I developed colitis shortly after trying creatine. In the preceding years, I also took Paxil and I got a lot of headaches so took Nurofen (NSAID). I also took Ginko and Saw Palmetto. For supposed sexual dysfunction which I now know was caused by the truly dreadful Paxil/Paroxetine, which should not be prescribed in my opinion, certainly not for men anyway.

Brain fog, lack of motivation, no zest for life, poor concentration, poor memory.
I often really struggle to concentrate on tasks at work, even simple tasks and regularly forget things that people have just told me. I have a very hard time getting motivated to do anything.

- This is classic me. You are describing me here! I have OCD, and I suspect that I may have low T. A blood test in early June may help to show if this is the case.

Poor sleep
I sleep poorly because I either suffer from night sweats or my body tenses up while I am asleep. I often wake up feeling exhausted because my whole body, especially my legs have been tensing all night; itís as if I have just had a workout.

- Are you on any anti-depressants? I sweated at night like a pig on Paxil. I also had really bad sexual dysfunction.

Anxiety
I am currently 6 months into receiving psychotherapy for mild anxiety. Iím not taking any medication for it.

- Oh right. Did you take meds in the past? I think Paxil may have left me with some sexual dysfunction. Namely arousal issues and orgasm issues.

Other information
I work out 3 times a week. Eat pretty clean. Drink alcohol maybe 1-2 times a week. Donít smoke. Donít use any drugs now but between the ages of 18-21 I smoked a lot of marijuana. Donít take any kind of supplements Ė have experimented with zinc and L-arginine but did not improve symptoms.

- Weed is bad news, as you probably know. Try zinc maybe? I take 15mg a day.

The confusing part
6 months ago I stopped watching porn. 6 weeks ago I stopped masturbating. During weeks 3 and 4 all of the above symptoms vanished: my penis returned to normal size, I was able to attain 100% full erections, I was getting nocturnal/morning erections, my anxiety and brain fog subsided, I had no digestive problems. However last week the symptoms returned.

- Did you start up porn and mast. last week?

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Hey Dermot

Thanks for getting back to me so quickly.

I took creatine only for a short period of time after I had already developed the digestive problems.

What do you mean by ďA blood test in early June may help to show if this is the case.Ē?

I am not on anti-depressants, never have been. Not taking any medication for anything right now.

I havenít smoked weed in 6/7 years. I tried taking zinc 15/25mg a day Ė it didnít seem to improve my symptoms (I took it for 3 months); maybe I needed to continue it for longer before seeing any effects?

Didnít start up porn or masturbating. Wonít ever go back to porn. Am hoping that once I figure this stuff out or maybe as part of sorting this out I can go back to masturbating if it doesnít worsen my symptoms.

The thing is that I have been feeling weak for over 2 years but in those 2 weeks where everything was back to normal I felt amazing; I felt so powerful and now I am back to feeling weak again; that is was has spurred me on to find the solution to this.

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Oh I meant for myself, I am planning to have a Testosterone test in June which will reveal my T level.

I would just say stick with the doctor, insist that he looks into your condition and addresses it.

As regards porn, I hate the stuff. I had a significant problem with it about 3 or 4 years ago. Of course I was younger then. I'm 30 now and find that it just holds little appeal for me. Perhaps that is maturity and getting older, but it is also the realisation that the energy expended on porn and masturbation is essentially wasted. That energy and motivation is supposed to help a man find his way out into the world to find a real mate and have a productive and mature life. Instead, masturbating at home in front of your computer... well, that is going nowhere.

Is it at all possible that you are overtraining and running too much?

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I'll try to respond later, but this may be the most important post I do all day:

NSAIDs are in many men VERY hard on the stomach and intestine.  Many men do not realize this and damage themselves.  I do not know if there is a link to colitis, but I know that in sensitive individuals, it doesn't take much of this crap to damage your GI tract.  Nasty stuff - I never take any NSAID unless I absolutely have to.

Here are just a few articles to consider:

http://arthritis.webmd.com/news/20050105/nsaid-pain-drugs-injure-small-intestine

Notice that this study shows it inflames the bowel:

http://gut.bmj.com/content/43/4/506.full

My opinion:  almost everybody will get their head ripped off if they take enough of the stuff and people pop NSAIDs like candy cuzz docs don't warn them and they are OTC.

NOTE:  Tylenol is almost as nasty for different reasons...
« Last Edit: April 18, 2012, 02:54:45 pm by PeakT »
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I popped Nurofen whenever I had a headache cos it was so effective, more effective than Paracetamol. I regret that now of course but nobody warned me of any dangers. Do you reckon the damage is permanent Peak T? Maybe that is what caused my colitis. Who knows?

What's the deal with Paracetamol from a men's POV?

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Might have nothing to do your colitis. It has been linked to diverticulitis though - see link below.  I know those are different animals but anything that irritates the crap out of the intestine can't be helpful.  And, sorry, I was probably a little strong there as I had a close relative hospitalized with the stuff.  It's very very common. 

Anyway, more than likely, it was a combination of factors.  The main thing you can do is to make sure you get all inflammation under control and, of course, work with your doc.

Acetaminophen lowers glutathione and has a very common side effect of damaging the liver (because it is in a variety of medications and people accidently take more than the recommended dose).

Here is more:

http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Tylenol_Dangers.aspx
« Last Edit: April 19, 2012, 06:23:11 am by PeakT »
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Hey PeakT - thanks for chipping in on Dermots stuff.

I was just wondering if you would be able to offer any advice on my original post.

I'm planning on going to see my doc tomorrow to see if I can get some more tests run.

Thanks

MN

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One important thing I want to mention:

Could you be describing Restless Leg Syndrome?  Anything that affects sleep will affect virtually all systems in the body and can affect the GI tract, although I don't think as much as you are describing.  Magnesium can help.  Perhaps whatever irritation you are having is affecting mineral/vitamin absorption and causing issues?

What do you mean by "eat clean"?  Can you go into some detail there? 

Also, what kind of physician are you seeing?
If you are on medications or have a medical condition, always check with your doctor first before making any lifestyle changes or taking new supplements. Yes, low T and E.D. are usually medical conditions.  There are potential risk with HRT:  http://www.peaktestosterone.com/testosterone_risks.aspx.
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Cheers for your reply.

Yeah it could be restless leg. I don't have it when I'm awake though. I have read on anxiety websites about tensing during sleep and it can be a symptom of that.

By 'eat clean' I mean I am very careful About what I eat, I avoid processed food and try and avoid bad fats and processed sugars. I dont count calories as long as what I am eating is from a good source.

The overtraining thing might be true; I work out 3 times a week, no cardio, just heavy weights. But I rest a day in between eAch workout and at weekends.

I am seeing a urologist but he has not been that helpful, I'm just going to a GP tomorrow. I'll be honest with you I don't know who to turn to; everyone in the medical profession has kind of failed md in the last 2 years. I have great health insurance and have seen people who are meant to be experts

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One thing I forgot to add is that I often sleep with my legs crossed at the ankles while lying on my back. Not sure if that makes any kind of difference.

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The overtraining thing might be true; I work out 3 times a week, no cardio, just heavy weights. But I rest a day in between eAch workout and at weekends.

I am seeing a urologist but he has not been that helpful, I'm just going to a GP tomorrow. I'll be honest with you I don't know who to turn to; everyone in the medical profession has kind of failed md in the last 2 years. I have great health insurance and have seen people who are meant to be experts

I lift myself, but I do it knowing that it may not be the best thing in the world for my arteries.  I just enjoy it to much to quit!

http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Weight_Lifting_Arteries.aspx

The alternative is to go to Volume:

http://www.peaktestosterone.com/Volume.aspx

And the lion's shares of physicians have no idea how to improve your general health.  They just simply haven't studied it.  So, unless they are personally interested in preventative or integrative medicine, they will know less than you or I because they're basically a working professional working heavy hours.
« Last Edit: April 19, 2012, 05:00:05 pm by PeakT »
If you are on medications or have a medical condition, always check with your doctor first before making any lifestyle changes or taking new supplements. Yes, low T and E.D. are usually medical conditions.  There are potential risk with HRT:  http://www.peaktestosterone.com/testosterone_risks.aspx.
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That's interesting about weightlifting.

I'm not sure it really applies to me though. My symptoms began before I started weight training.

One thing I had thought was that abstaining from sex and masturbation - so completely avoid ejaculation - had boosted my T levels and made me feel better. My penis size was back to normal and I had morning wood etc etc all of my symptoms vanished.

But according to this there is not really any kind of connection: http://yourbrainonporn.com/whats-the-connection-between-orgasm-and-testosterone-levels

I know that the site is in the context of porn-induced ED but it is still an interesting read and links to some interesting studies.

Also, I know you are mega busy but I would really appreciate your opinion of my T numbers in the original post.

Thanks

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Yeah, the author of that site always makes for an int'g read, but he seems kind of "all over the map to me".   

In any case, though, I think his point was strictly regarding T.  I don't know that he was saying you couldn't have general "recovery" from a period of abstinence.

Your T is the equivalent of the low 500's over here.  That's pretty good and shouldn't cause you any trouble.  You can likely boost it a little anyway.

One thing though:  you may want to get estradiol pulled just to make sure it's not high.  Some guys - even thin men - have high E.
« Last Edit: April 20, 2012, 02:17:08 pm by PeakT »
If you are on medications or have a medical condition, always check with your doctor first before making any lifestyle changes or taking new supplements. Yes, low T and E.D. are usually medical conditions.  There are potential risk with HRT:  http://www.peaktestosterone.com/testosterone_risks.aspx.
My Health History: http://www.peaktestosterone.com/My_Health_Story.aspx.
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Hey

Thanks for your reply.

You say that low 500 is ok. But to me that seems quite low for a 27 year old. I had looked at this site for some guidance as to what is normal for my age is 500 still seems quite low. What do you think about that?
http://www.mens-hormonal-health.com/normal-testosterone-levels-in-men.html

I'm having my T checked again on monday. The doc would not test my estradiol - said that's its very unusual for men to be tested for that. Maybe I will need to try and convince them to test it  :-\

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