Hi - I have low testosterone, and have been on testosterone-replacement for over a year. My weight and sexual abilities went up, but I still feel tired a lot, and slightly depressed along with it. Moody, perhaps. Is this related to the therapy?
21 Feb 2011
I wish you the best with your search for an answere. You have to be your advocate and case manager; meaning you will have to get yourself referred to as many specialists as you can ontil you find the answere. Don't wait for healthcare people to manage your case. The system is not set up to take care of you and always remember Doctors are prevented from doing there best because of insurance companies.
You list 3 symptoms all of which are symptoms of depression. If you have never been in psychotherapy you are in for a pleasant surprise. The vast majority of outpatient clients enjoy it and gain much more than just relieve from the symptom they present with. If you have not done it yet call a psychologist for a thorough evaluation. Most cases of depression are due to not living life consciously and don't require meds. If you do the work the treatment will lead to an inhanced sense of power and efficacy that you get to use to your advantage for the rest of your life. If you do need meds the psychologist will refer you. If you go to a psychiatrist keep calling around until you find one who will spend an hour or more in first session assessment. Because of insurance most psychiatrists don't do the thorough initial interview.
Being tired a lot is a symptom that can be caused by many different disorders. If testosterone treatment did not fix the tiredness problem then the tiredness problem is caused by some other disorder or dysfunctional process. You may want to find a good internist to use to help you intigrate information you find from specialiast. Since hypogonadism is an endocrine system problem you may want to start with an endocrinologist. It could be that the signal from a different organ is sending a signal to your gonads that more T is not needed and your gonads are fine. There just responding to the signal like healthy gonads would. So treat the organ that is sending the signal to your gonads...
When you say tired it might help to quantify. On a scale of 0 to 10 how tired. Tiredness can be caused by problems in organs other than your endocrine system...
Be your case manager and take charge. Refer yourself or insist on being referred by your doctor. Good luck with this. You don't have to live like this and the faster and more assertive you are the sooner you will find the answere to this question. Keep posting more questions.
Good luck again Jim,
23 Jan 2012
Jim I agree with Walter.I have seen 4 different Dr. for low T. I found one who was into Function Medicine, he had me on the right track with my T levels. He retired and was again on my own to find a Dr.who knows about Testosterone. They each have their own ideas.
A good book to read about Testosterone is. Testosterone for Life. By Dr Abraham Morgentaler. Or Adermal Fatigue. By James L Wilson
20 Aug 2010
I believe that it is a possible side effect mentioned with testosterone replacement therapy. If you are feeling depressed you may need some anti-depressant as I do. Another possibility is low iron which also can suck your energy away. I had this a year and a half ago from donating blood regularly at the blood bank. Another possibility is your thyroid. Would be good to talk to your doctor about these as was suggested. Good luck.
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