My pediatrician (to my mother): “Oh, it’s normal to have an undescended testicle, it’ll clear itself up.” It didn’t. I had an orchiopexy at age 19, about 17 years after the age that every knowledgeable physician recommends (cryptorchidism - undescended testicle(s) - should never persist past age 2). Now my right nut is the size of a grape and aches; I also have a good 2-4x higher probability of testicular cancer.
Mayo Clinic (Rochester, MN)-trained Endocrinologist:
- “Your thyroid is perfect” (TSH = 2.99)
- “200mg every other week is the standard treatment for hypogonadism”
- “I’m done running tests. You have low T, and I’m not sure of the cause, but let’s start you on treatment” (all he looked at was TSH–>High, LH–>Low, FSH–>Low, and a pituitary MRI–>nothing)
- “” – regarding side effects of TRT. Yeah, my TRT-prescribing endo didn’t mention a single side-effect of TRT.
My PCP (just yesterday):
- “No, you can’t pay out of pocket <for the tests that insurance wouldn’t cover>, it would cost you thousands!” The tests cost, at most, $72; the average test was about $34, minimum was around $12. There were fewer than 10 tests that I wanted run that he refused.
- “Free T3 is a useless test. TSH is the best test there is for thyroid conditions. A TSH of 2.99 is just fine, and only ‘fringe clinics’ will tell you otherwise. My clinic, and every other major clinic - including the Mayo in Rochester - will tell you the same thing. You don’t have a thyroid condition.”
- “Why do you want me to test Estradiol? That sounds pointless, but whatever, you can have the test if you really want.” I think he was getting sick of me pushing for tests…
- “I am not going to test for ferritin or B-12, if you had issues with that we would see symptoms.” I have every negative symptom in the book, doc.
- “You’ve only been on TRT for a week, you won’t notice any results for at least a month.” I was shot up with 200mg testosterone-enanthenate, a freaking massive dose, and I haven’t felt an ounce of a difference. Maybe he’s right that it’ll take longer for me for some reason, I don’t know, but it seems fishy.
Wait, it does? I’ve seriously never heard this. Are you sure about that one?