How I Cured Low Testosterone Before It Ruined My Life
Low Testosterone Symptoms
Before discovering I was dealing with low testosterone, I imagined the worst—topping the list was liver disease. Blood tests suggested big problems with this major organ. My blood test numbers were so off the charts that I was immediately rushed to the hospital for further testing. Surprisingly, the results revealed that my liver function was normal. What could explain my symptoms, then? For almost two years, I dealt with:
- Extreme depression.
- Fatigue so severe, I sometimes slept 18 hours a day.
- No interest in sex.
- No interest in exercise.
- Weight gain.
- Difficulty in the simple act of walking.
Low Testosterone Nearly Ruined My Life
Before a final diagnosis was discovered, doctors were telling me I suffered from severe depression, chronic fatigue syndrome, and the one erroneous diagnosis that made me believe I was "losing it"—hypothyroidism. The side effects of the medication to treat this hypothyroidism were unbearable.
Low testosterone affected every part of my life... but it especially harmed my social, marital, and professional lives. I simply did not want to be around or talk to people. Low testosterone (or, "Low T") negatively influenced my ability to concentrate. I wanted to perform well at my workplace, but willpower was no match for Low T.
What is Low T?
You may be thinking that "slowing down" is simply a natural process as we age. That is true, and the symptoms I outlined in my story could be one of many diseases older men naturally suffer. The only way to discover if the blame is tied to Low T is a blood test for hypogonadism, which is the result of Low T.
When my blood test results for Low T arrived at my doctor's office, I was called in immediately. Her opening statement was "you must feel just awful!" She then shared the numbers; my condition was the worst she had ever seen.
This Condition Is No Joke
Maybe you've seen the TV spot prompting people suffering from a list of symptoms that describe a diagnosis of Low T. This commercial exudes an almost 'no big deal' attitude and suggests a follow-up with a doctor when you feel like taking that step. Low T is NO laughing matter and I could have saved damaged relationships, money, happiness and a positive outlook on life IF I would have corrected this condition much sooner.
Don't Put It Off
The worst decision you can make is to just throw your hands up to the sky and think, "I feel awful ALL of the time, but I'm just getting older and it's natural to feel this way." No, no, and another no for good measure.
Don't put this off—schedule an appointment for blood work and be fully open with your doctor. Low T is nothing to blow off. I was sinking so deeply, thoughts of "I can't live this way another day" began to creep in. I knew I was in trouble and I got the help I needed in the form of the Androderm patch. I am writing this article on June 6, 2011. I attached my first patch only 5 days ago, and the major life changes I've already experienced are amazing.
The deep depression is totally gone, I went to the gym yesterday, my wife and I attended a concert 2 nights ago. Small things? Yes. But to this writer, who for nearly two years, went outside the house only when absolutely necessary, I say the transformation is miraculous!