Update on T issues
For those who were on the old board remember I shared the results from hormone tests last November/December. Here is an update.
I went to see my regular doctor and discussed the results. He wanted another set of tests, since it had been 6 months since the last blood test. The results were similar with low total Testosterone and free Testosterone, however my Prolactin was high. This led my doctor to order an MRI to look at my pituitary gland. He thinks I might have something on the pituitary.
So my question is prayers for the MRI and that they do find something. There is something that can be done with the growth and the doctor will be more aggressive in resolving this issue. The doctor is reluctant to go with TRT treatment as a primary resolution with me due to my sleep apnea. The research he has found is that apnea does get worse with TRT.
I know this is anecdotal, but my experience with TRT and sleep was completely different. After going on TRT, my sleep became more regular and deeper. The TRT not only improved my sleep patterns, it also keeps my body much healthier and functioning at optimal levels. I’m almost 58 and still have the energy I did when I was 25! Most importantly, the TRT helped me recover much faster from a heart surgery I had seven years ago (that was related to genetic factors and letting my BP get out of control).
For me, it’s been a huge Godsend, and everytime I hear of somebody saying that things get worse on it, it makes me sad that there is still so much misinformation out there.
Praying for your MRI.
TRT did make my husbands snoring worse. There is a chance that he had sleep apnea before and it worsened it, or it brought it on, he is not a typical candidate of sleep apnea, it wouldn’t have been a natural guess for him to have it, either way it made us aware of it and he got tested, diagnosed and treated. His doctor also believes that his low T was a secondary thing, there was a cause for it… which there were numbers that pointed to the pituitary not doing it’s job, but sleep apnea could be a cause too. I am not in the medical field, but what is the concern of the sleep apnea if you are being successfully treated for it?
There was such a health benefit to TRT, beyond sexual improvement, that for him to have to now sleep with an A-PAP seems quite insignificant. With proper fitting mask and this machine, he is down to less than one episode an hour, which anything under 5 an hour is normal for those who don’t know. I see no problem with the two different treatments working together. My husband saw different numbers improve, such as his cholesterol and his glucose which was at the pre-diabetic level, and there were others, which I am not recalling off the top of my mind. And those were improved with NO other changes but getting his testosterone up. To get your testosterone in the optimum level for you, will naturally bring your body to a healthier level.
I’m 59 and 3 years ago I was diagnosed with sleep apnea and low T. I went on a CPAP machine and TRT and my life changed. My energy is up big time. I have a wonderful outlook on life. I am strong, confident and madly in love with my wife. She said she got her man back. My employees native a big difference in me. My kids all says the grumpy old mad is gone. I thank God every time I inject and every night when I put on my CPAP for this provision. Why a doctor would be hesitant to get you on a CPAP and on TRT is a mystery to me. IMHO, that’s why there are more than one doctor and I think you need a 2nd opinion.
I want to thank all who prayed for me. The first time I went in for the MRI, I learned I am slightly claustrophobic. So I had to reschedule for this past Thursday and took a pill to help relax me. I still was a bit claustrophobic and I realized the biggest cause – I do not like to have my ears covered and pushed up against my head. They adjusted the padding around my head used to keep my head perfectly still and they put a towel over my eyes to help me sleep. The procedure went well.
There is good news. I do have two small 2 and 2.5 mm growths. This explains why the prolactin hormone was really high and why the Testosterone hormone was really low. My next step is to meet with neurology and see what they recommend. It may be simply taking a medication to shrink the the small growths and block the production of prolactin. In my study this will help increase my Testosterone naturally without having to go on hormone treatment.
So my current prayer is for guidance with the doctors and specialists I am going to meet. 1. That God give them wisdom on what to do with me. 2. I am a great witness to them of God’s kingdom.
As for my apnea. I have had that diagnosed for several years. I have been using a CPAP system for almost 20 years.
Please note that I am having an MRI this coming week to check out my pituitary gland. If there is a growth as suspected we will resolve that first then check my numbers again and look at all options with an endocrinologist. My doctor believes that there is a problem with my pituitary, since my prolactin number was so high (way above the range) and my total T level was on the low end of the range (285 with the bottom end neon 230)
I found out I am not good in tight quarters. So I am going to go at the MRI again 27 June. This next time sedated.
Is it bad for me to pray that there is a growth on my pituitary gland which then can explain several things? From my reading the growth could be shrunk with a drug. This then will allow the pituitary to work properly, reduce the prolactin, and maybe increase my T without heavy T therapy.
Was it an open MRI? Those are my only experiences, but having your head strapped down, even if you can slightly see out of your peripheral is never the most pleasant experience.
May God just work it out perfectly and for your best, however that looks.