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  •  I know, it was just too easy to see the pun in (3+ / 0-)

    your subject line.  No offense intended.

    I'm curious about your experience, and I realize - as do you, I'm sure - that we're typing in front of the whole internet right now (even in a little-read thread).  So I can just stay curious if you think that's best for you.


    The GOP says you have to have an ID to vote, but $ Millionaire donors should remain anonymous?

    by JVolvo on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 06:50:24 PM PDT

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    •  OH, OK. (5+ / 0-)
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      I'm a medical educator with a patient experience, I'm not shy.

      In my 3rd year of graduate school I was having problems concentrating, and started to be super tired all the time. I thought it was from being 45 doing something that tires out 25 year olds. Then I woke up in the middle of the night with pain under my left nipple, and realized I was getting sort of puffy in that area. I also was starting to have some intimacy issues, again I put it down to being 45.  My wife wasn't happy, the say the least. I'm not working, in school, and now one of the one free activities wasn't possible very often.
      But it got worse, and I was losing muscle mass as well.
      So I went to my internist, who did an exam and we talked about what might be up. Of course I focused on Brain tumor, and left shaking in fear.
      I was able to get an MRI the next day, and was relieved it wasn't a tumor. My labs came back negative for a constellation of issues, but the bottom line was that I had a T level of zero.
      Being in the profession, I researched the treatment options and found that topical was really the only effective option.
      Things are much better, within 2 months, life as back to pretty much normal. That was 7 yrs ago.

      WTF!?!?!?! When did I move to the Republic of Gilead?!

      by IARXPHD on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 07:05:33 PM PDT

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    •  I had the unfortunate circumstance to be (2+ / 0-)
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      discovered without any thyroid function at all following an emergency appendectomy.  A few weeks later, I wasn't healing at the rate the surgeon expected so they did an array of tests.  Found a thyroid function of zero.

      So that explained all the fogginess, fatigue, weakness and chills at just a few years over age 30.

      They "tuned me up" with varying levels of thyroid medication, adjusting doses, taking tests, repeat.  And I almost got back up to where I thought I was "before" as far as mental sharpness and energy, etc.

      I had had a thyroid function at some point, because I grew to be over 6 feet tall.

      But something was always missing. Eventually, in another city, another doctor worked with my thyroid medications and levels.  But I still was a bit... lacking in energy, focus, ways that are hard to explain.

      He did a testosterone level and it was very low.  At first there were no topical gels. Only injections. Ouch and once a week to the doctor's office was a major annoyance. And the levels were never right, and too much can make you depressed, believe it or not. The swinging levels from weekly injections give you mood swings.  Not fun.

      Then there were patches. Turned out I was allergic to something in the patches and got huge red spots on my arms.  

      Then the gels came out.  Thank goodness. Simply rub it in and life is better. Seriously.  The gel doesn't make you superman.  It just makes you "normal."  And honestly, people on a normal level of testosterone are less aggressive and happier than roid ragers where it is sky high OR people where it is so low they are irritable.

      The chances of "contaminating" someone with gel rubbed into your skin and under your clothing when you go out into public is practically zilch.  

      The diarist seems to have had a panic attack in the previous diary which I didn't see.

      His little girls are NOT going to turn into men simply because the kindly dentist who uses testosterone gel hands them a pack of sugarless gum.  

      It takes skin to skin contact over time and repeated regular exposures to raise someone's level.  That's why you apply it after getting out of bed in the morning and not before going to bed at night (if someone else sleeps with you in your bed and pajamas are not involved).  :-)  

      "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

      by YucatanMan on Tue Oct 23, 2012 at 10:56:57 PM PDT

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      •  I had the same issue with the patches. (1+ / 0-)
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        In fact, had it with the gel, too. I could apply the gel and write my name with it, and in an hour, have a hive spelling out my name. Turns out both use ethanol and I have some rare condition where I have a delayed hypersensitivity reaction to ethanol that is left on my skin.

        I use these little wafers I put on my gum, they work great.

        WTF!?!?!?! When did I move to the Republic of Gilead?!

        by IARXPHD on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 07:51:52 AM PDT

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        •  Never heard of those, but the gel doesn't bother (1+ / 0-)
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          me.  We think it was the adhesive in the patches that caused the irritation.  One day with a patch and it took 3-4 days for the swelling and itching to go away.

          I'll have to ask about patches on the gum at my next check-up!   Do you happen to know the name ?

          "The law is meant to be my servant and not my master, still less my torturer and my murderer." -- James Baldwin. July 11, 1966.

          by YucatanMan on Wed Oct 24, 2012 at 03:02:38 PM PDT

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