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Messages - charliebizz

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I also love how people really think the labs currently available to us are the end all be all. There are so many biological processes in the body that go on that we have absolutly no testing for.

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There are many other factors that can play impotence. People need to remember that TRT can help but not always cure it. Depression/anxiety plays a factor. Being a smoker or a drinker or taking recreational drugs can bring on impotence. Having high cholesterol or hypertension, taking certain meds like Xanax, ssri and etc. Diet can even play a factor. Everyone is different, I take Paxil but have a strong sex drive, even before TRT.
i also take ssri and no impotence at all. Dose is the key to ssri use as any other medication.

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it really feels hormonal.... I got dry tired eyes to go with it. I have lost my sense of calmness. Before Inside my body felt so calm and deep breathing etc. Now its like I have breathing issues , tight scrotum, numb genitals, and its like its causing anxiety...
no one in this forum is going to be able to tell you whatís going on. Hormones and nt are so intertwined. I for sure thought mine was hormonal also and it very well can be a mix but I know from experience. Iíve treated almost every hormone and going that route caused nothing but negative sides for me. Iím very sensitive to hormonal shifts. And I can tell you for me personally low dose ssri is the only thing that has helped me. And trt has been an absolute life saver for other men on the boards. Only thing you can do is try things.

You canít be afraid of any of it. Everything I tried I always returned to my baseline shortly after so itís nothing to fear. I quite trt a few times and didnít have the crash many men speak of. But I also never had the high of trt either. These forums are a great help but also can cause so many unnecessary fears and worryís. Iím not sitting on my high horse itís taken me close to 10 years to finally get to a point weíre i can say that Iím ok with how my health is. Am I optimal. Not by a long shot but Iím done trying to search for that. I feel ok for a 36 year old. And if you asked me 10 years ago Iíd feeling ok would be good enough I would have said fuck yeah I was really bad when this first started. Hope that helps any one at all. I still have lower libido and eq then optimal. But other things help that one puff of marijuana makes me feel like Iím 17 in the bedroom again. So that shows me itís more then just hormones.

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I went through a very similar situation as you in my mid 20s. Now 36. I believe the crash diet effected my cortisol levels greatly. After my crash diet gaining weight back and eating normal only made me feel a little better . Then I had to cut out hard training to get to next level. Still didnít feel normal. Tried trt a bunch of times with dr john Crisler. Trt made a lot of my symptoms worse because it lowered my already low normal cortisol. Taking a low dose ssri was the biggest leap in my health journey. I still am no where near 100% but Iím doing ok.  Orgasms and spontaneous erections have never fully recovered. I get night and morning wood often. Never really have spontaneous erections during the day. Trt also didnít help with any of that much.

It can get better and I wouldnít say life is over itís just going to be different. I hope you can fully recover. Iím still searching for a full recovery. But Iím doing much better.

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Nobody on a forum can tell you what will work. Only way is to try it yourself. I also do not believe 550 is low for your age. It may be low for you. And may be great for someone else your age. I for one fluctuate between 290-390. Iíve tried trt a few times. Was a patient of dr crislers and we tried every single trt trick around and i never felt better on it then off. I felt slight improvement in energy but it made many other things worse. Like sleep and mental side effects. Even with low t issues I still had fun and was motivated. On trt I really start to lose motivation and my emotions are up and down. And no rhyme or reason to how I feel day by day. Over at excel make a bunch of guys share same story. That said many guys have gotten their life back on trt. If you feel youíre not yourself try it out. I have always returned to baseline even quitting trt cold turkey. And for me getting off isnít that hard.

Hope that didnít come across as me bashing trt. Just for me personally itís too complicated. And our body is so complex imo fixing one hormone that throws other out of wack is far from optimal.

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Trt significantly lowers my cortisol unless I take ssri with trt

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Very conclusive  ::)

CONCLUSION
Overall, according to our systematic review, both beneficial and adverse cardiovascular events can be discovered following the chronic use of various types of SSRIs

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If a person is deficient in ANY other mineral, vitamin, chemical etc itnwould mean the lerson is not in normal health. Almoat any time anlerson is WAY outside what is normal and expected for health parameters, we do things to help get us back into that normal range. And when we do that, typically the person become MORE healthy and overall well.  As long as we medicate or supplement correctly and donít go extreme.

I believe testosterone replacement should not be expected to be any different.

If we are deficient in vitamin d we take the necessary amount to get back to normal. We woild woth Iron too, or thyroid. And when we do, the person feels better. Why would getting testosterone where it is supoosed to be somehow be a complication and make people sick? 

Exactly how does the body realy know if it is getting testosterone from your testicles or from an injection?  As long as the body is getting what it needs to function well, that is the bottom line.

I am not saying that getting optimized and balancing all the hormones with trt is easy. Not at all. Iím just believing that if a person is within limits I do not believe it will be long term negative heakth consequences. Maybe this is nust my naive wishful thinking. 

I choose to believe having all levels within working functional optimized limits will result in overall better health. When any thing or multiple things get gravely out of whack. You will be unhealthy. And will be more healthy of you get the necessary medication to bring you back into range.

It is a quality of life issue. Do you want to feel like crap for the rest of your life, or do you want to try to feel better for what maybe a decade or more minimum?

I can tell you this. There are no guarantees in life. You donít even know you will get one more day. You only live once and you can never get ďlost yearsĒ back!
because the body doesnít work like that. Trt is not as simple as supplementing with a vitamin. With a vitamin you are just adding extra in. With trt you are on full replacement. You body is no longer producing on its own and other biological processes are shit down sometimes causing you to be deficient in other hormones and then starting the vicious cycle of trying to balance it all. Dr john always tried to use that logic but it didnít work. For me replacing testosterone lowered my already low normal cortisol to below range and man I felt it.  I had labs to prove it numerous times and he refused to acknowledge that. 

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Thatís kind of what Iím trying to figure out. It seems like thatís right though. From what Iím reading anyway seems like low hormones come from bigger tumors sort off crushing the pituitary itself.

my neurosurgean said my hormones are not caused by tumor. but imo, taking this from a neuro is not enough since endos are the ones who knows. hopefully someone here knows more
it was an Endo who found the tumor. He thought it was causing my high prolactin but it turned out that I ate before the test. Thanks to the late Dr. Crisler posting that you should fast for prolactin test cause eating can elevate it. Turned out that mine is fine

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Thatís kind of what Iím trying to figure out. It seems like thatís right though. From what Iím reading anyway seems like low hormones come from bigger tumors sort off crushing the pituitary itself.

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I also  forgot to mention I had low t before I had the microadenoma. I had a scan years ago and it was negative.

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Hey guys itís really hard to find any clear answers about micro adenomas online. I have a 3mm microadenoma on my adenohypophysis. It also says my pituitary is of normal size and contour. Could that be causing low hormones since that is the part of the pituitary that controls lh-fsh-tsh-atch. Or would only macro adenomas cause low hormones.?
the Endo that ordered the scan didnít seem concerned. I could be wrong but when reading it almost seems like the macro causes low hormones and micro seem to cause excess or do nothing. I could be completely wrong lol

The fact that it can be seen and measured means that most doctors would say yes.
In most cases where there is Secondary Hypogonadism a scan reveals a normal pituitary gland so having an abnormal one is highly suggestive of it be the cause.

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Pituitary microadenoma
« on: February 10, 2019, 01:39:04 pm »

Hey guys itís really hard to find any clear answers about micro adenomas online. I have a 3mm microadenoma on my adenohypophysis. It also says my pituitary is of normal size and contour. Could that be causing low hormones since that is the part of the pituitary that controls lh-fsh-tsh-atch. Or would only macro adenomas cause low hormones.?

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Re: Motivation on TRT
« on: February 09, 2019, 05:41:12 pm »
I also had motivation problems on trt one of the biggest reasons I stopped again. I also lost so much passion for many of my hobbies. It kind of calmed me down too much. Itís almost like off of trt I run off slight nervous energy. I donít know if thatís a good thing or not but I seem to find more joy in things off trt
Interesting you say this.  I've always been anxious and get upset pretty easily or moody prior trt. On trt recently I've had to stop and think things over about my actions.  I am driven by motor lately and I'm still taking interest in my hobbies but I kinda have an I don't care attitude. Not sure if it's a phase or trt.
My e2 sensitive has always been in the 20 to 30 range and a few months back 50s and the most recent one was standard 70 which makes me believe the sensitive is in the 60s.
Maybe that's it idk.
yeah it very well might be high e2. My e2 is high on just 60mg per week when on trt and Iím a low shbg guy. When I was on trt a few years ago and in shape and my e2 was fine I do not recall the lack of motivation. However back then I did trt without low dose lexapro and I felt like total shit and my am cortisol was driven down to 6. So I couldnít really tell you what I thought about then other then I felt awful.

This time around on trt I didnít feel any worse physically with the low dose lex. But I started to feel so dull mentally I just had to see if it was trt and got off.

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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Re: Motivation on TRT
« on: February 09, 2019, 10:32:42 am »
I also had motivation problems on trt one of the biggest reasons I stopped again. I also lost so much passion for many of my hobbies. It kind of calmed me down too much. Itís almost like off of trt I run off slight nervous energy. I donít know if thatís a good thing or not but I seem to find more joy in things off trt

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