Like so many others, i have been dealing with low T for a number of years, starting in my mid 30's.
After seeing the Dr. on many occasions with the "usual" complaints, they finally tested and told me my results were "normal". I simply let it go. A year or two later, i went back, blood work normal, this time i asked about the results. i was 241 on a scale of 231-827 (?) Dr, basically told me i was fine, please pay the receptionist on the way out.
I finally decided that I can't live the rest of my life feeling like this.
Although I have always been able to "force" myself to do my work, there is nothing left for life.
ZERO energy, interest in anything i previously enjoyed, libido.
Complete exhaustion, weakness, fatigue, weight gain (30 lbs in 2 years)and my mind feels like mush.
I made an appointment with another Dr. My first visit, he seemed uninterested in my evaluation and previous test results.
He took blood and called in a prescription for an anti-depressant.
Phone call from his office, "test results are normal", make a follow up appt.
First question is, "how are you feeling", my reply, same as last visit. "How are you doing on the medication I prescribed"?
I haven't taken it.
"Well I wanted to see how you were adjusting."
So I explained that I had no intention of taking any medication until the test results came back.
PAUSE. (with an obvious look of discontent)
He tells me that my T was 232.
He takes more blood and tells me that i "MAY" be a candidate for TRT.
So i asked just which part of me "MAY" be a candidate? So, we went into the whole depression thing to which i replied, If you gave me a questionnaire for low T, that would have been the end of it. If you gave me the questionnaire for depression, that would have been just as conclusive. But seeing as my actual test results support my claim?????......
Follow up visit, he has a prescription for Androgel 5mg. I then ask about an estrogen blocker and show him the research I have done highlighting the more important information to which he replies he doesn't like to do two things at once. This I respect because I believe in having a good baseline before making changes but from everything I have read, this should be SOP.
But in the end, no go.
I forgot to ask about E2 (assuming he tested for it) but that will be my next question.
I went to the pharmacy to fill the script, "sorry sir, the insurance company needs a written letter from the Doctor".
The way I figure it, the insurance company will probably refuse it due to the fact i was 232 not 230. (under the 231 mark)
Now, I am beginning to feel like I'm making a little progress, have the script at least, more hurdles to come but I am also beginning to feel as though I may be setting myself up for a nasty ride dealing with a Dr who is unwilling and in reality unqualified (not saying that in a mean way) to treat this condition.
Tomorrow I see a doctor for a follow up visit regarding a deviated septum and I'm going to ask him if he knows of anyone who specialized in TRT.
Does anyone here know of a good Doctor anywhere near S.E. Pa who is willing to actively work with patients on this issue?
Any advise would be appreciated, all comments welcome.