Patient Comments: Low Testosterone (Low T) - Symptoms

What were the symptoms of your low testosterone levels?

Comment from: finney, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: September 20

So, I have a slightly different story. Seven and a half years ago I was given prednisone for a sinus infection. It turns out that I'm extremely sensitive to the stuff, so the normal adult dose was an overdose for me. I've had severe depression and anxiety ever since. I had terrible sleep problems (diagnosed with apnea, but CPAP only marginally helps). Recently, things have gotten worse, I'm struggling to fight illnesses (have had an upper respiratory thing for 3 months now) and I'm even more lethargic. I would say that my interest in sex is lower than ever, even though my wife is really interested. I never have morning wood anymore, ever. It's been years. So the doctor did a blood test. My T count was 385, but cortisol level was 27.6 (top of normal range is 28, but remember my prednisone sensitivity). So, I'm set to see an endocrinologist on Oct 1st. Anyone here ever looked at the cortisol/T ratios and found an issue. My GP says that the two together could be a real issue and that a 35 year old male like me should have T numbers in the 500-600 range, not fewer than 400.

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Comment from: Koonstheman, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: August 28

I first found out I had testosterone deficiency when I casually told my GP 11 years ago that I was not performing between the sheets sufficiently well. Interestingly, I had also just been diagnosed with mild anemia. I was put not on a direct testoterone medication. On Clomid my testosterone level went up and the anemia got better. Ten years later, I'm back down under 300. I exercise all the time, but always assumed that I didn't build big muscles because of my structure. I'm also a cyclist and the impact of that on my privates is unknown. My endocrinologist is putting me back on Clomid for 5 months, and then we shall see what we do if that doesn't work. My GP, interestingly, won't go anywhere near this issue

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Comment from: 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: April 18

I am a 50 year old male. I lost the drive and energy for just about everything, sex with my wife, and fun stuff with my kids. Sometimes you live with symptoms for so long, that neither your children nor spouse notice much. Often it takes a co-worker or other alert person to point out symptoms. I'm pretty sure I lost my last job due to my symptoms. If I remember right my level was below 100. I tried Androgel in its gel form but I was unresponsive. The doctor then switched me to injections and it was about three weeks until I noticed anything. My wife and I have enjoyed sex again for the first time in what seems like years. I again wake up to spontaneous erections. I'm growing hair on my chest, much to the delight of my wife, and have noticed man boobs, where not much of anything was there before. If you want to count one of these side effects as negative, I feel the whole thing has been a positive. I have been with injections about three months now. My level is up in the 400's. I know people write about testicles shrinking, but I haven't noticed anything, and as long as they didn't shrink away, I would be fine with it. Darn things get in the way anyway

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Comment from: Bill T, 35-44 Male (Patient) Published: October 20

I am post-testicular cancer. I know that the testes produce the testosterone and now I only have one.

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Comment from: beyonder47, 45-54 Male (Patient) Published: July 19

One symptom of low testosterone that I developed was extreme breast enlargement. What man wants breasts?! Not me! Maybe a more muscular chest but not breasts like a woman! If you decide to have the simple low T blood test (low testosterone levels), be sure to ask for the total as well as free level readings! The free level reading is just as important, if not more so than the total! Here's to your continued health!

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Comment from: 55-64 Male (Patient) Published: April 09

Mine started with a total loss of interest in sex as well as loss of muscle mass and decreased size of my testicles. That is certainly not my style so I went to the doctor and found I have a severely low testosterone level and have already started osteoporosis. I am seeing an endocrinologist next week so they can get the lab work necessary for me to start replacement therapy. Also just saw that testosterone requires prior authorization from my insurance. I wish these insurance companies would just keep the hell out of what my doctor and I decide for my health.

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