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Hey seppuku, if you have done any research on testosterone then you would have known that there is a huge gap in ng/dl to be considered "normal". Everyone is different I guess, and I'm just one of the guys that function and feels better at the higher end of the normal range. Believe me if I just wanted to get a huge physique then I would have bought my steroids online and by-passed all the BS of finding a doctor that would help or really even listen to me with all my other problems. Plus, I would even save money if I did it online due to my type of insurance but I'm kindda iffy about buying stuff in the mail that I have to inject in my body!

Also sorry WoundedLion that it took me so long to respond. Your right it's easy to forget to get back on here once in awhile when you feel like your body and health is where it should be once again. Not sure if you have seen my original post but I'll repost it just incase and give you a little more background.

February 13, 2013 -  After 44 years I'm finally trying to take my health into my own hands because my doctor(s) can't seem to get the job done! I had stage 3 melanoma cancer three years ago that spread to my lymph nodes. After two surgery's of removing lymph nodes (not all of them) from my groin areas and exactly 1 yr of me being on interferon chemotherapy, I feel worse now than I ever had in my life! It's been 2 years now since my last chemo shot and now I'm starting to look into some other reasons why I still feel like crap. I've tried to look up as much information on my symptoms as I can. To make this short as possible, I have EVERY symptom of low testosterone. I had a testosterone blood test done when I was on chemo and the doctor just said that I was within range. I didn't know much about low-t back then or about the huge within range gap there is and so never questioned it. I just assumed it was just the chemo and so I have dealt with it ever since. I'm tired of telling my doctor now of how tired and so lethargic I am plus/w all the other obvious reasons of low-t that I'm having all the time. I finally stepped up to the plate and told him to earn his money and to do another test. I'm hoping I Get the results back this afternoon but now what I'm so confused about is, If I'm a 44 yr old man 5'9 215 lbs what is the exact number that I should be aiming for, for me to be at my optimal prime and feel my best? There is just such a wide range to be considered "within range" and I need some help with that. Please help. Thanks 

No only has it helped me in more ways than just "taking steroids to get a better looking body". Its helped me in the bedroom and my wife LOVES it! She says I've should have had it checked years ago. Not saying it'll work for your ED problems but mine has totally done a 180 with it.

Back in Feb. before I started, I could have went probably 6 months to a year without intimacy with my wife and not even think twice about it! Now that's sad for a 44 yr old man! Those days are long gone because now every morning I am awaken with an erection and a smile on my wife's face! And mine also of course! Hope that's not TMI! My blood pressure is the lowest it's been in 20 yrs and the doc says I couldn't have a better blood/lab results than I have now. So yes I'm a HUGE fan of T replacement and all I can say is don't let another day of our short life slip past us without trying something new. We can still live and feel the optimal prime of our life at age 44 and that's just how God intended us to do, sometime we just need a little help. Good luck with your new GF and tell her to be patient and hang in there because your not the only one with this problem. Its much more common out there than people think. It's just that guy's won't or don't talk about it because their embarrassed and then waste a perfectly good life with the person they love and care about. Hang in there

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Hey Peak,

 As I stated in my earlier post my testosterone started out at 585 before I went on TRT. 2 1/2 months later I went to my cancer doctor for my regular 6 month check up and blood work (was diaginosed with cancer yrs ago) I asked my oncologist to check my testosterone while he was checking everything else and they shot up to around 1245 ng/dl  in 3 months time! Long story short I FEEL GREAT!!!! Since I had my three month follow up coming up in 3 weeks with the GP that originally prescribed me TRT, I backed off my injections and didn't take another one since I was already in the red with it. I wanted to wait until she ran her tests. When she ran my lipid panels again, my testosterone had dropped from 1245 ng/dl to 297 ng/dl in only 3 weeks time without a single injection! Wow, I guess your body dose shut down on producing it's natural testosterone when introduced to a synthetic testosterone. She agreed that I can take a 1 ML shot a week which was great! Other than that my triglycerides dropped down to 85 mg/dl from 179 mg/dl (high) and my cholesterol dropped to 173 mg/dl from 215 mg/dl. and my PSA screening was 1.4 I'm sure me going to the gym now 4-5 days a week 2-3 hrs at a time has something to do with it as well, but I couldn't have done it without the extra energy, enthusiasm and mind set that my TRT has given me. The only concern was that my TSH which was originally 4.16 mlu/ml and went up to 7.69 She put me on 75 mcg of levothyroxin to see if we can get that back in check. I can't say enough good about this miracle drug and how TRT has helped me get my life back again. I nolonger have any symptoms of low T anymore. Everything is up and running strong. My wife can vouch for that!  ;) It has helped me in more ways than I could've ever imagined and I suggest that every man get his testoterone checked. They won't regret it, if it's low. Thanks for all the good advice. ;D

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I had my blood work done last week and now they say my thyroid is two high. I started my T replacement 3 months ago and feel better than I've ever felt in my life. I have no physical symptoms of hyperthyroid and yeah my testosterone is borderline in the red but I was wondering if my high T would cause my thyroid to be jacked up. I was treated for hyperthyroid 3 1/2 years ago and then got cancer. When I finished a year straight of interferon chemotherapy my thyroid levels came back low and then was treated for hypothyroidism. When I started my T replacement I quit my levothyroxine (I know stupid!) but now I think my GP is gonna cut me back on my testosterone. Ughhhhhh!

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To sum up TRT in three words, I LOVE IT!!!!!

Doctor put me on 1 ML per week for the last three months and I just had my first follow up blood work done the other day. It came back higher than normal and now he wants to cut it down! :( It came back at 1237 ng\dl but everyone is different and I'm feeling great at that level!

I had stage 3 melanoma cancer 3 yrs ago that spread to my lymph nodes. After two lumpectomy surgery's in my left and right inguinal areas, I then began my journey through a year straight of interferon chemotherapy. Right down to the day, from Jan 20th 2010 to Jan 20th 2011. Of course it was the worst year of my life and I was actually making peace with my life and saying my goodbyes because I was under the assumption that my days were limited at that point. Well I guess the good Lord wasn't ready for me at that point because I'm still here to tell about it. The one thing that I never regained from that whole ordeal was my since of feeling normal again, and just feeling really good inside. After my chemo they said it would take about another 6 mos. to start feeling back to normal again. After my two year anniversary of no more chemo and still feeling like crap inside, I finally had to do something to change it.

Long story short, I found a doctor that would work with me and offered to try TRT. I was very excited to try anything at that point. Well low in behold it worked!!!!! To me now I consider it as my "miracle juice" and I don't never want to stop it nor decrease my dosages because they are working for me. At this point I'm not really concerned what the side effects are of "too high levels" nor what some quack doctors have to say about the disadvantages or the risks of having too high levels. Until they have the facts in black and white that its dangerous, I might, and just might have an ounce of condensation but until then, It's a miracle to me because I got my life back and then some!

At 44 yrs old this is the best I've ever looked or felt considering the fact that I was preparing to meet my maker 3 yrs ago! I honestly go to the gym now 5 days a week 3 hrs. a day and actually working out the whole time, and I look forward to it since I have the energy now. I'm now at 225 lbs with about 10% body fat and I'm seeing my body change in ways that I've never seen before. I have more energy now than when I was 17. Plus my wife is really liking it because she says that I'm acting 17 again when I comes down to our bedroom time "which is a lot more now day's" If you know what I'm talking about!

To end my personal story of what a great decision I thought it was that a doctor would even try this therapy. There is just no words to express my gratitude of how this has helped me in more ways than just one. It honestly cured every side effect I had of Low T and I had quite a few.

 If you have symptoms of Low T, stop watching yourself grow old in the mirror while you just stand there. Fight to get your life back because it's possible and it's just within your reach. It's okay that some of us need a little help, and this for sure is the one thing in your life that you'll be glad you asked for!!!!! I sound like I should be a spokesman for TRT! LOL

Good luck and don't give up hope. Keep looking and find a doctor that'll help you. Preferably a woman doctor because after all the egotistic male doctors I went through, I finally found a woman that would help! And females don't even know actually what we are going through or feeling inside. Go figure!!!!! 

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Well its been 12 days since my first shot of liquid gold (testosterone), and I can already feel my short lived energy fueled fire burning out! I went back to my doctor today and he said that hes gonna wait another month and see how my levels look. I'm a little disappointed that this past 12 days have been the best that I've felt in the last 3 years ever since my last chemotherapy. And now I have to wait another month and as he said "we'll check it then"! I just don't understand why doctors treat people like their in their just asking to get a script of narcotics to get high from, Instead your just asking for something that your body makes naturally and makes you feel like a man and natural again. My mood drastically changed within 3 days of my shot, my blood pressure is the lowest its been in 7 years down to 127/88 from 156/98, Ive been able to sleep almost through the whole night and my energy level went through the roof! I've actually had enough energy to hit the gym for the last 4 days in a row, and believe me that's good for me because before I was doing good if I went 4 times in 6 months! I'm starting to think that doctors are realizing that if they start giving you something that makes you feel good and will help clear up a lot of your medical concerns then they'll be out of a job soon! That just makes me think that they're not really there for me as a patient anymore but just as another dollar sign! The only thing that I didn't notice from my shot was my level of interest in sexual activity's. Not that their were no interest at all in sex, but believe me it could be a whole lot better per my wife! I'll just cross my fingers that, that's coming in the near future!!!!!!

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Well here is my blood work numbers and yeah, my sleep habits are all jacked up! I have been on sleep medications for the last 3 yrs. Ever since I went through a year of chemotherapy from my cancer, it hasn't been right since! If I get 5 hrs of on and off sleep a night then i'm doing good!   ???

Comprehensive Metabolic Panel

Test Name                       Result                                Units                                 Reference Range
Glucose                             97.0                                  mg/dl                                70.0 110.0
BUN                                  18.0                                  mg/dl                                9.0 21.0
Creatinine                        1.0                                     mg/dl                                0.7 1.2
BUN / Creatinine Ratio     18.0                                   Ratio
Sodium                             146.0                                 mmol/l                             137.0 149.0
Potassium                        4.4                                     mmol/l                             3.6 5.2
Chloride                            104.0                                mmol/l                             98.0 109.0
CO2                                   30.0                                   mmol/l                             26.0 34.0
Anion Gap                        12.0                                   mmol/l
Calcium                             9.3                                     mg/dl                               8.4 10.5
Total Protein                   7.9                                      g/dl                                   6.3 8.5
Albumin                            4.4                                     g/dl                                   3.9 5.2
Globulin                           3.5                                      g/dl                                   2.4 3.5
A/G Ratio                         1.3                                     Ratio
AST                                    25.0                                   U/L                                   5.0 40.0
ALT                                    32.0                                   U/L                                    7.0 56.0
Alk Phos                           97.0                                   U/L                                    38.0 126.0
Total Bilirubin                  0.7                                    mg/dl                                0.2 1.3
Triglycerides                    179.0                                mg/dl                                40.0 160.0                    HIGH
Cholesterol                      215.0                                 mg/dl                               0.0 200.0                      HIGH
Direct HDL                       35.0                                   mg/dl                                35.0 100.0
VLDL                                 35.8                                  mg/dl                                                               
LDL                                   144.2                                mg/dl                                0.0 130.0                      HIGH
Cholesterol/dHDL             6.1                                     Ratio
Phosphorous                     3.3                                     mg/dl                                2.5 4.5   `
Uric Acid                           7.4                                    mg/dl                               3.5 8.5
LDH                                  381.0                                U/L                                   313.0 618.0
TSH                                  4.16                                 mlu/ml                              0.40 5.50
T3, FREE                           3.3                                    pg/ml                                2.3 4.2
T4, FREE                           1.4                                     ng/dl                                0.8 1.8
Testosterone, Total        585                                     ng/dl                                 250 - 1100

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / My first shot! WhoooHooo!
« on: February 19, 2013, 04:48:21 pm »
Well I received my blood work results back last Thursday and they were not as bad as I thought they were going to be, since I felt like crap along with all my other symptoms of low T!  :(

They came back at 585 but my doctor said he was willing to try it anyway and see if it'll help. He said maybe I was the type of person that needs there testosterone levels up around 800-900 ng/dl to be at my optimal prime.

He gave me my first shot of 2 ml testosterone on Thursday and I can already feel some extra energy that I haven't felt in awhile. I'm not sure but hopefully it'll just keep getting better as I progress through a series of injections.  :-\ I'm crossing my fingers! 

Other than my triglycerides, cholesterol and LDL levels are a little on the high side, everything looked normal. Now hopefully with the extra energy i'm starting to feel then maybe I can get a few extra hours in at the gym and get them down to where they need to be at.   

If anyone has any personal experience or suggestions they could share with me on whether or not I will feel even better as I go through my TRT treatments. Or is the first injection the best it get's? I would really appreciate any feedback. Thank you

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After 44 years I'm finally trying to take my health into my own hands because my doctor(s) can't seem to get the job done! I had stage 3 melanoma cancer three years ago that spread to my lymph nodes. After two surgery's of removing lymph nodes (not all of them) from my groin areas and exactly 1 yr of me being on interferon chemotherapy, I feel worse now than I ever had in my life! It's been 2 years now since my last chemo shot and now I'm starting to look into some other reasons why I still feel like crap. I've tried to look up as much information on my symptoms as I can. To make this short as possible, I have EVERY symptom of low testosterone. I had a testosterone blood test done when I was on chemo and the doctor just said that I was within range. I didn't know much about low-t back then or about the huge within range gap there is and so never questioned it. I just assumed it was just the chemo and so I have dealt with it ever since. I'm tired of telling my doctor now of how tired and so lethargic I am plus/w all the other obvious reasons of low-t that I'm having all the time. I finally stepped up to the plate and told him to earn his money and to do another test. I'm hoping I Get the results back this afternoon but now what I'm so confused about is, If I'm a 44 yr old man 5'9 215 lbs what is the exact number that I should be aiming for, for me to be at my optimal prime and feel my best? There is just such a wide range to be considered "within range" and I need some help with that. Please help. Thanks   

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