Digital Spy

Search Digital Spy
 

DS Forums

 
 

Men: No energy....feeling tired...no sex drive? Testosterone!!


Reply
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 22-08-2009, 17:17
Steve™
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Glos / Hereford[shire]
Posts: 6,584

hmmm where do I start.

Well 3 years ago I thought i was depressed; no energy or motivation, almost zero sex drive and feeling pretty low emotionally too. I was prescribed an anti depressent but that only made things worse. I came off that asap and spent a year feeling the same way not sure what to do. Whenever I went to my doctor he just said you run your own business and work alot of hours you just need a break and a rest.

I never believed that and sort of deep down inside knew that there was something not quite right.

After many months of doctor visits and begging to some serious blood tests I finally went private and had a full exam.

It turns out my testosterone is low. A month ago I was prescribed Testim and it has changed everything....

Now my sex drive is back, I have bags of energy, I feel mentally focussed and much more positive.

I cannot believe the difference it has made...I feel 10 years younger.

Anyway, my message to any guys out there who feel the same way as I did is to get tested and get treatment.
Steve™ is offline   Reply With Quote
Please sign in or register to remove this advertisement.
Old 22-08-2009, 17:40
MGS4SnakeRulez
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 16,193
Thanks for the tip I have no energy and no motivation with a zero sex drive (very zero ) so I think I'll go hassle my useless doctor about it this week.
MGS4SnakeRulez is offline Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 22-08-2009, 18:09
Steve™
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Glos / Hereford[shire]
Posts: 6,584
Thanks for the tip I have no energy and no motivation with a zero sex drive (very zero ) so I think I'll go hassle my useless doctor about it this week.

Well I had that "zero" sex drive too. I didnt have sex for almost 3 months earlier this year. My GF was going mad, although she was very understanding and supportive.

Get tested.

If your doctor wont do it try Medichecks
Steve™ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-08-2009, 18:22
cultureman
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 8,366
Being an old sceptic I have to ask were you given the actual results which show you to have low testosterone?

Or were you just told you had low testosterone levels and needed testosterone prescribed?

Are you getting testosterone on the NHS or privately?

I'm sure there are some people with low testostereone. But I'm also sure there are private clinics profitably diagnosing conditions that the NHS and other independant agencies would dispute exist.

I'm not medically qualified and I'm posting from memory here, but I believe testosterone treatment can for example lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer.

I would be cautious to believe anything a private clinic told me unless the clinic's finding were subsequently also validated by the NHS.
cultureman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 22-08-2009, 18:29
cultureman
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Posts: 8,366
Is your PSA level also being monitored?
cultureman is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 22-08-2009, 18:34
Inspiration
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 44,622
When you say you went private and had a full exam, do you mean the Bupa ones that cost £600 or so and they test everything? Just curious.. been debating taking one of these tests myself but not sure ifi t's worth it.
Inspiration is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-08-2009, 18:39
Steve™
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Glos / Hereford[shire]
Posts: 6,584
Being an old sceptic I have to ask were you given the actual results which show you to have low testosterone?

Or were you just told you had low testosterone levels and needed testosterone prescribed?

Are you getting testosterone on the NHS or privately?

I'm sure there are some people with low testostereone. But I'm also sure there are private clinics profitably diagnosing conditions that the NHS and other independant agencies would dispute exist.

I'm not medically qualified and I'm posting from memory here, but I believe testosterone treatment can for example lead to an increased risk of prostate cancer.

I would be cautious to believe anything a private clinic told me unless the clinic's finding were subsequently also validated by the NHS.

My route to diagnosis may have been unusual via a private consultation, but its important to note that its the NHS who confirmed the diagnosis and ultimately prescribed the treatment.

With respect to PSA, yes (though its only been a month so far) I had my 2 week blood sample come back all ok. Next one in a month....so fingers crossed.

Should also point out I have a prostate exam and PSA before my NHS doctor would prescribe
Steve™ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-08-2009, 18:45
Steve™
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Glos / Hereford[shire]
Posts: 6,584
When you say you went private and had a full exam, do you mean the Bupa ones that cost £600 or so and they test everything? Just curious.. been debating taking one of these tests myself but not sure ifi t's worth it.
No I didnt use BUPA, as I was put off by the costs.

There are many other private practices in the UK.
Steve™ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-08-2009, 18:49
MGS4SnakeRulez
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 16,193
Well I had that "zero" sex drive too. I didnt have sex for almost 3 months earlier this year. My GF was going mad, although she was very understanding and supportive.

Get tested.

If your doctor wont do it try Medichecks
Thanks mate my fiancee is very understanding luckily. I am going to make an appointment on monday. I wanted to get checked out about it anyway so this is something I can mention when I go.
MGS4SnakeRulez is offline Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 22-08-2009, 19:03
Steve™
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Glos / Hereford[shire]
Posts: 6,584
Thanks mate my fiancee is very understanding luckily. I am going to make an appointment on monday. I wanted to get checked out about it anyway so this is something I can mention when I go.

I'm not saying this is what you have mind. Am just giving my side of things after years of putting it down to doctors guesswork or my lifestytle.

Just go to your doc and get a full blood test...everything should be considered...even thyroid
Steve™ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 22-08-2009, 20:44
MGS4SnakeRulez
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2008
Posts: 16,193
I'm not saying this is what you have mind. Am just giving my side of things after years of putting it down to doctors guesswork or my lifestytle.

Just go to your doc and get a full blood test...everything should be considered...even thyroid
Oh yeah I know I'mm not saying this is definately why my sex drive and energy etc etc has gone.

Out of curosity how long did it take the stuff to start working?
MGS4SnakeRulez is offline Follow this poster on Twitter   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2009, 21:06
Steve™
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Glos / Hereford[shire]
Posts: 6,584
Oh yeah I know I'mm not saying this is definately why my sex drive and energy etc etc has gone.

Out of curosity how long did it take the stuff to start working?

3 days.

Energy levels were first thing I noticed.

Today is a prime example. Got up at 6.30. Left for work. Started at 8. Worked til 3.30. Walked for 4 miles with a friend in the woods about 4.30. Had tea. Replied to a few emails then went out on bike for 40 minutes.


After about a week I noticed some weight loss...neck and face.

4 weeks in and feel totally awesome.
Steve™ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2009, 21:29
jonboy001
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Posts: 42
how old are you steve??
jonboy001 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2009, 22:22
Steve™
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Glos / Hereford[shire]
Posts: 6,584
how old are you steve??


35
Steve™ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2009, 22:51
Inspiration
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 44,622
Today is a prime example. Got up at 6.30. Left for work. Started at 8. Worked til 3.30. Walked for 4 miles with a friend in the woods about 4.30. Had tea. Replied to a few emails then went out on bike for 40 minutes.
Wow. I doubt I could do all of that in one day. I'd be knackered. I'm like you, I feel low on energy all the time.. I never feel like I'm full of energy... it's always a struggle. But I've always put it down to my diet lacking in variation etc. 30yo male. I can't remember the last time I felt "hyper" and full of energy.
Inspiration is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 25-08-2009, 23:55
Steve™
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Glos / Hereford[shire]
Posts: 6,584
Wow. I doubt I could do all of that in one day. I'd be knackered. I'm like you, I feel low on energy all the time.. I never feel like I'm full of energy... it's always a struggle. But I've always put it down to my diet lacking in variation etc. 30yo male. I can't remember the last time I felt "hyper" and full of energy.

Thats exactly what I did. I'd always put it down to work stress or not enough sleep or poor diet etc etc.

I'd always be needing a coffee or a can of red bull too.

I'd suggest you get some blood tests done...its the only way forward.
Steve™ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2009, 08:16
Inspiration
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Posts: 44,622
Yeah I'm at the docs on Thursday to discuss something else so I might mention my energy levels and ask if theres any blood tests that can be done, although it's an NHS doctor so I'm half expecting them to not really listen and hand me a diet sheet.
Inspiration is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2009, 08:42
Steve™
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Glos / Hereford[shire]
Posts: 6,584
Yeah I'm at the docs on Thursday to discuss something else so I might mention my energy levels and ask if theres any blood tests that can be done, although it's an NHS doctor so I'm half expecting them to not really listen and hand me a diet sheet.

Dont allow them to fob you off.

Get them to do Andopause profile, testosterone, anemia, chronic fatigue syndrome....if possible anyway.

I didnt have much luck with my local doctor who in my view was just so mentally lazy I half wanted to get him treated to......treated to a labotomy anyway!

Good luck

ps. there is always BUPA or Medichecks if your local doc wont oblige. Then once you have the facts you can do what I did and go back and shove the facts right up his nose. Most satisfying I can tell you
Steve™ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2009, 08:47
bibblebabble
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,618
I had a similar problem low energy but fortunately no problems down below. I saw my doctor who told me I was over working & not taking enough exercise. My BP was a little high so he put me on a low dosage BP tablet as a precaution.

I now run for about 40 minutes to an hours mots mornings & do a yoga class froma well reccomended DvD. The results have been great.

Oh & I have cut back on my overtime
bibblebabble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2009, 08:52
Steve™
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Glos / Hereford[shire]
Posts: 6,584
I had a similar problem low energy but fortunately no problems down below. I saw my doctor who told me I was over working & not taking enough exercise. My BP was a little high so he put me on a low dosage BP tablet as a precaution.

I now run for about 40 minutes to an hours mots mornings & do a yoga class froma well reccomended DvD. The results have been great.

Oh & I have cut back on my overtime

Well done.

Did he do any blood tests to see what was causing the elevated bp?
Steve™ is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2009, 11:10
jarwyn
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 459
Hi

Thank goodness I found this thread, I am suffering in the same way as the OP, so it's a relief to know that others have the same problem and found an answer.

I've seen my doctor and had 2 blood tests, I even asked the Doc if it was low testosterone but he said that according to the blood sample, the level was fine.

Not sure what to do now, maybe go private and see if they pick something up? Do the private blood tests check for more things than the NHS one?
jarwyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2009, 12:39
bibblebabble
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Posts: 2,618
Well done.

Did he do any blood tests to see what was causing the elevated bp?
Yes I actually asked for tests as we could find no obvious cause. I had an ecg that was fine, did blood test that was fine except my cholestoral was a bit high. I'm not over weight. I had a scan of my heart & an xray of my chest nothing showed up.

I even went & saw a specialist privately which cost me £200 he did an ecg & told me he didn't know what the cause was either! It was in his words a sympton of our modern lifestyle!

That didn't help me at all & I was £200 poorer.

The exercise has worked wonder & I am not talking doing anything major. Just a gentle jog & walk for about 30 minutes 3-4 times aweek to start.

I also got a beginners guide to yoga DvD off amazon for under tenner. It came well recommedned in the buyers reviews so I got it started using it. It is designed to detox & destress.

have to say it works well I feel a lot more relaxed from the destressing & as for the detoxing!
I wish there had been a warning that it entailed farting my brains out for a few days as all the toxins come out!
bibblebabble is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2009, 13:04
flightygirl
 
Posts: n/a
Hi

Thank goodness I found this thread, I am suffering in the same way as the OP, so it's a relief to know that others have the same problem and found an answer.

I've seen my doctor and had 2 blood tests, I even asked the Doc if it was low testosterone but he said that according to the blood sample, the level was fine.

Not sure what to do now, maybe go private and see if they pick something up? Do the private blood tests check for more things than the NHS one?
Have you asked the doctors to look at your Vitamin B12 and Folate levels. I was really tired for months and turned out to be Pernicious Anemia. This website is very helpful
http://www.pernicious-anaemia-society.org/
  Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2009, 15:04
jarwyn
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Jun 2004
Posts: 459
Have you asked the doctors to look at your Vitamin B12 and Folate levels. I was really tired for months and turned out to be Pernicious Anemia. This website is very helpful
http://www.pernicious-anaemia-society.org/
TBH I thought they would check that as a matter of course. I know about the B12 as my wife has the injections but I will have a look on the website. Thanks.
jarwyn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 26-08-2009, 15:07
Joel's dad
Forum Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2009
Posts: 4,263
Did your GP check your Thyroid? If you have, it would be good to know what your result was!!
Joel's dad is online now   Reply With Quote
 
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

 
Forum Jump


All times are GMT +1. The time now is 09:03.