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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Love_handles in Cheapest place for trt treatment uk   
    Very low.  Under the low end of the ref. range, which when i had an nhs test in November was 7 - 27nmol/l.  So basically 6.9 and below. Get one over 7nmol and it'll be "bye bye, thanks for coming"
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Dreamcard in Would you go TRT with my symptoms (low test, erectile dysfunction)   
    Good idea mate, i think that's your best first option (at least it'll show if your nuts can produce more).  I'd stay away from the proviron you mentioned though - i threw that in the mix for several months back in i think 2017.  For me, it made me feel great - for a while. I wasn't getting bloodwork, but after a few months i noticed my joints (knees mostly) were literally locking up. Never suspected proviron, as i'd read it was non supressive. But it is - at the gonadal level. I got bloods taken, LH was over 8 (clomid still working), but test was tanked. At least what i'd consider tanked for a LH of 8, TT came back 11.7nmol/l.  I stopped proviron, stopped clomid, LH averages 2.5 without clomid, TT fluctuates between 6 and 9nmol/l.  For reference, when i first went on clomid 12.5mg eod, TT through an nhs blood test was 21nmol/l.  The moral of my story is, don't mess around with proviron, keep clomid dosages low, and keep an eye on your bloods (clomid may need to be cycled for best effect long term).
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Fooddestroyer in Advice on the Journey Towards TRT   
    Well, you never know then. Did you phone up for the results, or go back to your gp / endo?  I'd be laying it on really thick now, shuffling into the consultation room, BSSM guidelines in hand, complaining that you now can't keep an erection and your lack of libido is putting a strain on your marriage, you're having night sweats and ache constantly from head to toe.  I did all that, minus the BSSM guidelines, and got the middle finger.  I didn't get such a low reading as you did though, so i reckon you've got a good 50/50 chance (sorry, no faith in the nhs here).
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Sasnak in Statins   
    I'm at home doing it. Levels were too low to make a scene in public. ☹
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from sean m in Statins   
    I'll be honest, i eat late and have a love of Kerrygold butter so i don't know if that's partly to blame.  As to my parents, they've always told me their cholesterol levels are perfect. They did both go on statins at one point when they got to around 80, but i believe neither take them now.  
    I've read enough bad stuff about statins to know i just wouldn't take them. 
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from sean m in The NHS...   
    Totally agree - if a problem's urgent, the treatment's usually done fairly quickly and effectively. Doesn't take away from the fact i could have months of night sweats, body aches, you know, all the symtoms, until i get seen to by them - if i do....
     
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Sasnak in The NHS...   
    No i understand that and i totally agree. I had a hernia done, and it all was all done quickly, no complaints. I was more just surprised it would be 'that' busy, i mean, fully booked for two weeks with blood tests? I've had blood taken there a few years back, there's about four or five nurses at one time who have the whole top floor of the place. Just how sick are people?! Anyhow, it might turn out better tbh. I've thought about it and i've decided that i'm going to call reception a week after the blood draw to get the result. If it comes back anywhere over about 8nmol, i'm not going to waste mine or the nhs's time see the doc again as i know how it'll end up. Another 6 though and i'll be pushing for some nebido and one of those cards that gets me free prescriptions for life!!  :-)
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Sasnak in Stupid idea , or not?   
    Thanks Sasnak, that's the kind of straight to the point type of reply I was after. 
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Sasnak in Stupid idea , or not?   
    Yeah i've read that a lot, that their oils are gtg but their pills are bunk. Not that it matters much to me at the moment as i, once again, changed my mind at the last minute. It's a routine i've been going through since June 2018 when i had my first (of eight so far) private blood tests showing low t. I'll spend my lunch breaks at work during the week reading stuff like:
    "Mood up, energy up, waist size down, biceps bigger, old pr's smashed, take no bullshit, permanent boner, job promotion" etc etc... Then just as i'm completely sold on the idea i'll read people saying things like this:
    "Feel nothing after the honeymoon period, no fat loss, still ache, still tired, just placebo, stupid idea to put yourself through this for the rest of your life, still anxious" etc etc. The amount of time i've spent reading up on low t / trt, i could have achieved something useful by now, like getting a degree, or fixed my house up. It won't stop though, it's like an obsession....
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Duff in Low test results   
    Ah, had to look that one up, but basically it's a serotonin / norepinephrine reuptake inhibitor.  Never been on those, only ssri's. Glad to hear you're doing well with it. The whole anxiety / depression thing can mess your life up if you don't find some way of coping with it. I went through a bad stage many years ago (long story short i was arranging a wedding, buying a house etc with my long time fiance, but i was just going along with it and didn't really want to. When the reality sunk in what i was doing, i went full blown breakdown mode). Anyhow, told the doc i couldn't sleep. He prescribed me paroxetine - horrible, horrible experience for me, absolutely zombified me, no positive emotions whatsoever so i just stopped it. Some years later, another life crisis - asked the quack for sertraline as i'd read it was great and not like paroxetine. This was much much worse for me (extreme stimulation, inability to feel pleasure, i could hear a joke i knew was funny but not get the right emotional response, like humour was blocked). I gave it several weeks of hell before i quit, then got terrible withdrawals. I was using ghb to get through them, got addicted to that, so ended up at the docs again. He gave me valium, and i think it saved my life as i took it for a week, tapered off that, and then i was ok(ish). Over the years i've tried many meds for the situational anxiety i sometimes get. The best, by far was a research chem benzo called pyrazolam. It's virtually impossible to get now, and it's a shame as in my opinion it's a perfect anti anxiety med, non sedating, acts i think on just a2 and a3 sub units of the gaba receptor, and after two years straight of my using it daily to cope with a new job i'd started, i ran out but got no withdrawals at all. I don't think you'd get that with any other benzo. Nowadays i use kratom to boost my mood, pregabalin when under stress, and etizolam in emergencys (or late night post workout stim insomnia, and to be honest sometimes for fun but not often). 
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Duff in Low test results   
    Lol, yes i know that feeling as i have to be in meetings now and then and there's something about sitting around a table and having to talk that terrifies me - put me with the same people but not around a table and for some reason i'm fine. I forgot about the propranolol, i've been using that too for years after reading about it in an old book called 'Life Extension', very useful med.
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from aqualung in BSSM guidlines female author   
    I was having a look at where the authors of the BSSM guidlines paper practice from. One of them, Dr Janine David,  well, you should check her out:
    https://menshealthwales.com/our-team/
    She runs an erectile dysfunction clinic. I can just imagine the scene:
    "Hello, come in. So what seems to be the problem"
    "I can't get an erection"
    "Oh dear well we'd better have a look, drop your pants so i can check your balls for any irregularities.....hmm, well the left one feels normal, lets feel the right one"
    "Oh well look at that! Doc you've cured me thank you!"
    Kinda wish i was from Wales, not sure i'd want Dr Hackett feeling around there.
     
     
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from aqualung in Trt options   
    Yes, taking testosterone long enough will probably make you dependant on it. But if you need it, you need it. The nhs works on numbers, and that range they use seems to get lower as years go by and tested samples get sicker. I know how they work, my wife has hashimotos hypothyroidism, treated by the nhs. It's a constant battle - they give her the meds, she gives a blood sample. They say " we need to drop your dosage, your tsh has dropped". So she drops her dosage(and suffers).  Next blood test "oh dear, your tsh has gone up, you need to increase your dosage"......and so on and so on, and has been this way since she was diagnosed ten years ago. 
    I agree though, some people with perfectly normal testosterone levels (by any standard) feel they will be better off at the top of the range, and that's a foolish move. But (in my opinion), once you're regularly testing below around 12 nmol, and you have symptoms (joint pain, bad lipids etc), then getting testosterone is worth a try. The only thing stopping me right now is that recently my joints have felt a bit better, you guys put me off (and maybe you're right), and the fact i psychologically like my natty status.  About ten years ago i got a battery of tests done by my gp as i was complaining about fatigue. My testosterone levels came back around 11.7nmol if i remember right (i have the print off at home, i'm at work right now). She (yes, a woman gp) said that would need treating. I didn't want it, but she encouraged me to go and and see an endo for more tests. I took two weeks worth of DAA as it was all in the news then that it raised testosterone - next test came back 9 nmol/l.  We kept testing till i got a reading of 14nmol, at that point the endo signed me off. If i went through all of that again now, they would look at my latest blood draw of 9 nmol and it wouldn't have got further than the gp.  The nhs is great if you need an op or have a life threatening disease, but things like this not so much.
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from aqualung in Society For Endocrinology response to story in the Guardian   
    https://endocrinologyblog.org/2019/09/09/misleading-medical-reporting-in-the-media-over-diagnosis-of-low-testosterone-levels-in-men/
    Most shocking thing I found out here was that the Guardian ran an article pushing testosterone replacement
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Sasnak in Trt options   
    My worst symptoms have been - a sudden, absolute drain of energy, making even going for evening strolls with the family on holidays a struggle.  But much much more annoying for me, joint pains, general frailness that means getting out of chairs is an ordeal. I hate that my knees and hips got so bad i couldn't do regular back squats for over a year (could deadlift though, and pin squats at about half depth). I'm just finding it possible to do squats again how i like to do them (atg). But i'm not happy i'm struggling to do a couple of doubles with what was before all this just a warm up weight. And it's after workouts like that, plus i'm wiped out from it too, that i look at my little collection of test e vials and think "why not"?  But then i log onto the web, read various forums...... the whole subject of trt is so either "it's great, best decision ever, everyone should do it" to "worst thing i ever did, now i'm messed up for life". So other than a few occasions where i've decided to start, jabbed 50mg (thinking twice a week), then read something to put me off and not continued, i've just lived with it, kept reading....
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from charlysays in Trt options   
    But on the other hand Jobby, all these people here telling you to just accept you're getting older, that you don't need your testosterone levels any higher, that trt does nothing for the type of symptoms you have - are all on trt (or doing cycles)............
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Sasnak in Trt options   
    My worst symptoms have been - a sudden, absolute drain of energy, making even going for evening strolls with the family on holidays a struggle.  But much much more annoying for me, joint pains, general frailness that means getting out of chairs is an ordeal. I hate that my knees and hips got so bad i couldn't do regular back squats for over a year (could deadlift though, and pin squats at about half depth). I'm just finding it possible to do squats again how i like to do them (atg). But i'm not happy i'm struggling to do a couple of doubles with what was before all this just a warm up weight. And it's after workouts like that, plus i'm wiped out from it too, that i look at my little collection of test e vials and think "why not"?  But then i log onto the web, read various forums...... the whole subject of trt is so either "it's great, best decision ever, everyone should do it" to "worst thing i ever did, now i'm messed up for life". So other than a few occasions where i've decided to start, jabbed 50mg (thinking twice a week), then read something to put me off and not continued, i've just lived with it, kept reading....
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from aqualung in Trt options   
    Yes, taking testosterone long enough will probably make you dependant on it. But if you need it, you need it. The nhs works on numbers, and that range they use seems to get lower as years go by and tested samples get sicker. I know how they work, my wife has hashimotos hypothyroidism, treated by the nhs. It's a constant battle - they give her the meds, she gives a blood sample. They say " we need to drop your dosage, your tsh has dropped". So she drops her dosage(and suffers).  Next blood test "oh dear, your tsh has gone up, you need to increase your dosage"......and so on and so on, and has been this way since she was diagnosed ten years ago. 
    I agree though, some people with perfectly normal testosterone levels (by any standard) feel they will be better off at the top of the range, and that's a foolish move. But (in my opinion), once you're regularly testing below around 12 nmol, and you have symptoms (joint pain, bad lipids etc), then getting testosterone is worth a try. The only thing stopping me right now is that recently my joints have felt a bit better, you guys put me off (and maybe you're right), and the fact i psychologically like my natty status.  About ten years ago i got a battery of tests done by my gp as i was complaining about fatigue. My testosterone levels came back around 11.7nmol if i remember right (i have the print off at home, i'm at work right now). She (yes, a woman gp) said that would need treating. I didn't want it, but she encouraged me to go and and see an endo for more tests. I took two weeks worth of DAA as it was all in the news then that it raised testosterone - next test came back 9 nmol/l.  We kept testing till i got a reading of 14nmol, at that point the endo signed me off. If i went through all of that again now, they would look at my latest blood draw of 9 nmol and it wouldn't have got further than the gp.  The nhs is great if you need an op or have a life threatening disease, but things like this not so much.
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from charlysays in Trt options   
    But on the other hand Jobby, all these people here telling you to just accept you're getting older, that you don't need your testosterone levels any higher, that trt does nothing for the type of symptoms you have - are all on trt (or doing cycles)............
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    Seppuku71 got a reaction from Siggle in Body fat vs testosterone levels   
    I doubt by much, your LH is already near the top end of the scale. You've got readings similar to what mine were after I had been on clomid for about 5 years (in the begining i was reaching over 21nmol/l).
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