Quadriplegic With Very Low Testosterone Levels!
Quadriplegic With Very Low Testosterone Levels
Hi, I’m a C6 quadriplegic for 20 yrs.
I recently had my free testosterone
levels checked, which came back at a low level of 10.
I recently went through several surgeries for a pressure sore & lots of antibiotics over 3 years.
I workout with my sons and been having slow gains, so I decided to have my testosterone levels
I have not had a sexual relationship for almost 10 yrs, because of my erectile dysfunction
from spinal injury, but now I’m looking to purse a relationship if I can get things to work again.
I’m just started taking androgel,
but I don’t know if that’s enough or what I should do.
I don’t want to spend a ton of money that is not affective, because of my condition.
Is this a problem of low test or all spinal chord injury?
Any suggestions? Feeling hopeless!Quadriplegic With Very Low Testosterone Levels
You may have come across this study in your research, but I'll pass it on just in case.
In 1980, Naftchi NE published a study, titled, Pituitary-testicular axis dysfunction in spinal cord injury.
During the trial, 10 paraplegic and 10 quadriplegic subjects were tested for testosterone, luteinizing hormone, and follicle stimulating hormone.
Compared with age-matched normal controls, paraplegic subjects had significantly lower serum levels of LH and FSH for 2 weeks and of testosterone for 6 weeks after spinal cord trauma, but, over time, all 3 hormones climbed back up to normal levels.
But, in the quadriplegic subjects, serum testosterone concentrations remained significantly lower than those of the controls during the entire 4-month testing period.
This seems to suggest that your injury may be contributing to your low testosterone
levels.This makes you a unique case Quad!
Typically, I'm down on testosterone replacement therapy,
due to all the negative side effects.
But in your case, I believe it's the correct thing to do, because, for you, the benefits will clearly outweigh any negatives.
Muscle wasting is a huge problem for men with spinal chord injuries, and testosterone will temper that somewhat.
It will also help with energy, motivation, and mood.
I'm sure you slip into the dark zone, mentally, and testosterone will give you a much more positive outlook on life.
You mentioned that money was tight, so I have a recommendation for you as you move forward.Dump the Androgel!
Solvay Pharmaceuticals spends millions marketing this product, and someone has to pay for it.
As an Androgel user, that someone is you.
No form of testosterone replacement therapy is perfect. They all have their positives and negatives, but for you affordability is a key factor.
If you switch from Androgel, to a testosterone injection
once or twice a month, you'll get your juice for a fraction of the price.Finally...
I have to tip my hat to you Quad!
You want your stuff back, and you want a woman to go along with it!All I can say is, I hope you get both!
Continue on your quest to optimize your testosterone levels, and I'm positive you will succeed.
Keep in touch, and let us know how things work out for you!
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