First off, I'd like to say that it is nice to have found a forum where I can read similar stories to my own and read positive feedback.
I'm twenty-six and I have been battling with ED, depression and low self-esteem since around the age of 19. In all the times I have been to various doctors and have noted the issues I've experienced, it was not until a few months ago that I was ever checked for Low-T. Around December, I was experiencing especially low performance at work, having difficulty staying on task and remembering verbal communications which lead to me ultimately having what was labled as a panic attack and simply walking out the door at work and heading home. On the way home, of course, I had a bit of a mental breakdown as I was very confused as to what had just happened... had I quit my job? What do I do now? etc... So I went to the doctor's office and was lead to believe that work related stress was the cause. I then, officially quit the job I had worked for seven years. I was fortunate to find another job in less than a week for the same pay, although I no longer have medical benefits. I started going downhill fast, feeling worse by the day until I finally went back to the doctor's office and was checked for Low-T. My number come in at 162 and I was told that this was low and that it could be contributing to some of the issues I claimed to be having. I was given a shot that I was told would last for 30 days until my next visit. The shot seemed to do nothing the first four days, but days five-through-seven were excellent. Very little fatigue, aches and pains, my mind seemed somewhat more able to focus, etc... I wake up day eight and I feel worse than ever. I get a bit upset that the glimpse of hope I saw was so quickly shattered and had some of the worst work days of my life over the next week until I called my doctor's office and asked to be seen as quickly as possible. The doctor told me that the only thing he found wrong with me was Low T and that it was being treated, the rest of my problems were my attitude and that's something I have to deal with. I insisted on a different form of treatment and have been applying Androgel 1% (5mg) once per day and originally saw some improvement in certain areas, but it's been about four months and now I'm not so sure it is helping me at all. I'm to the point that I feel I'm unable to perform well enough to hold a job, my marriage is suffering, there's very little joy in my life, etc...
After reading some of the posts on here, my wife and I have decided to seek a new doctor tomorrow morning and hopefully get started investigating new options quickly. I'm sorry to come here and post such a large story and not truly ask any questions, but it feels truly nice to feel comfortable putting it out there and I'm greatful for the information provided here by various persons. Sorry again for the long read!
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