Just want to run a scenario by the best and brightest minds here and see if anyone thinks I’m on to something.
I’m 27. I’ve had all of the classic symptoms of low testosterone for four years with the addition of being freezing cold in the mornings and an intolerance for high GI foods. I have been tested by literally every single specialist you can think of and all anyone has ever found was vitamin D deficiency (last winter) and secondary hypogonadism (this year - no pit. tumor).
Total Test: 208 (300-1100)
So I was started on Axiron - two pumps a day. Most of my symptoms went away at first (brain fog, poor stamina, no sex drive, etc) but then my body started yoyo’ing between feeling good and feeling like complete shit. I kept getting pains in my throat right on my thyroid in between each shift of opposites. By the time I was due for my followup blood work 30 days later, I had lulled into feeling mediocre, having no sex drive, and being pretty foggy headed most of the time. It was basically just like pre-therapy. My doctor ordered the tests and gave me Cialis to get it up (laughable at best). The results:
Total Test: 313 (300-1100)
(I tried so hard to get the ranges guys but the nurse was a bitch and told me she’d “forgot” them)
Skip forward a few days… I’m down on my luck, researching symptoms, bloodwork, etc. and I come across an article regarding D3 supplementation and how being D deficient requires a very aggressive approach to reverse the condition and that a trip to the beach simply won’t cut it. I recalled that a year back, blood work had shown that I was fairly D deficient (all I remember is something like (43 out of a range of 50-80) and I was encourage to get out in the sun a bit. At the time, that’s exactly what I’d done. I got out in the sun a couple of days and assumed that was the end of it. Admittedly, I work on a computer all day every day and don’t really ever get out in the sun most days.
Armed with my new-found knowledge, a couple of weeks ago I decided to start taking 2000IU of D3 each morning with my largest meal. Now it’s not like magic or anything but by the weekend, I started to notice that my testicles were swelling considerably at night. I’ve woken up several times since with rock hard morning erections (this hasn’t happened in 3 years) and all of a sudden my sex drive went through the roof. My skin is oily and my hair appears to actually be falling out LESS. (it had gotten worse when I started the Axiron). My throat quit hurting around my thyroid and my mood got better and leveled off. The bit that takes the cake is that for the first time in a few years, my body is actually warm in the mornings and I don’t get frigid cold after breakfast. So what I’m trying to figure out is whether I’m on to something and maybe the D3 was the pre-curser that my body has needed all along. OR, has my body somehow adjusted from shock of the Axiron and started producing a little bit of testosterone itself? I’ve read on here and elsewhere that even a little bit of exogenous test will completely shut off the HPTA, so it really seems unlikely that it’s the latter. Has anyone ever had a similar experience with vitamin D or even test replacement without the vitamin D? I’m asking because it’s very tempting to discontinue therapy and see if my body continues to respond this way.