Thanks, I am determined to start being as healthy as possible to get the most out of my life, so it might be a good thing these things have happened to me at a young age. It will teach me a lesson for the rest of my days.
I really didn't take much care of myself from age 16-24. Smoked, borderline alcoholic for a few years, crazy binge drinking, eating complete crap... but ironically, never had erection problems then, the most exercise I used to do back then was have sex. I`m sure I damaged my body and I`m starting to repair it, especially my cardiovascular functions.
I really do think some, if not most of my ED boils down to the varicocele, no matter how small the doctor reckons it is, and it certainly doesn't feel small to me!!! Last night , my erection when pretty soft pretty quickly once I felt it. If any one has or has had a varicocele have you also felt the discomfort it causes. I'm not sure its in my head but it definitely does feel like my left testicle is slightly numb, kind of like it has an elastic band around it. I really hope I can get it repaired, as I do feel my problem is mainly physical but also partially (to a lesser extent) psychological. I also think once the physical problems are eradicated the psychological ones will go too. http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2011/06/110616142726.htm
An extract from the above article:
"In the current study, Dr. Goldstein and his colleagues measured the preoperative testosterone levels of 325 men with varicoceles and in 510 men without varicoceles. They found that men at every age with varicoceles had significantly lower testosterone levels (416 vs. 469 ng/dL) than the comparison group. After undergoing microsurgical varicocelectomy, testosterone levels significantly increased in 70 percent of the patients, with a mean increase of 178 ng/dL."
That mean increase - 178 + 411 (my current level) = 589, which is far more healthy and I am sure would erase most if not all of my issues. There is the increase in testosterone I would get, the discomfort would be gone, and my fertility would increase as far as I gather. Then I could boost my T levels even more through natural means.
I do have other concerns and do think taking Roaccutane orally for a few months possibly caused some of these problems. Any thoughts on the possibilities of that?
Supplementing with Vitamin D and Magnesium is something I am starting to do. Taking 2000iu of Vitamin D3 daily, will retest my levels again in the next few weeks. Have been taking Magnesium malate which contains 116.7mg of magnesium and 720mg of malic acid per RDA on the bottle. Don't know anything useful about malic acid and a google search does me no favours. Any ideas? Is it safe? 116mg seems pretty low in magnesium, How much should I be taking for it to be effective and safe? Also, in what form should I take it? I am considering a brand that does magnesium citrate at 200mg per capsule. It seems more effective if I purchased that and took 3-4 capsules daily, as, in the study below they were taking 10mg per kilo of body weight. For me that would be roughly 800mg.http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20352370