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    Testosterone levels post SCI

    Has anybody here participated in Testosterone replacement due to low levels post-SCI? Results on mood/drive?
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    I never thought about it. I mood five or six times today on my handcycle ride....I moo at ALL the good looking cows. And I drive often, went to the bank today.

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      #3
      I never tried becuase it would make me break out like richard simmons on crack rock. I do miss that drive though, never knew they had testosterone replacement.
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        #4
        All men have a slow decline in their testosterone levels after about age 25. There are some studies indicating that this drop is faster in men with SCI. This can result in you having too low testosterone levels by middle-age.

        You need to have documented low testosterone levels (blood tests) before you consider testosterone replacement therapy, and then you need levels checked periodically while on therapy. Without this, the risks for liver damage, heart disease and other complications of taking anabolic steroids like this can be quite serious. Once you start therapy, it can be taken either by injections, or (for some) skin patch. Oral therapy is usually not an option.

        (KLD)
        The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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          #5
          I have not noticed any changes in mood while on the injections, but it may depend on the mood of people I'm around. I had hoped for more energy but I cant say for sure it has helped that either.

          I took a pass on it last month.

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            #6
            I've suspected low testosterone levels after my SCI, but have had a hard time getting my doctor to take my complaint seriously. Is testosterone replacement therapy recommended for patients with low testosterone?
            Daniel

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              #7
              If it is low enough, replacement can make a significant difference in both libido and strength/energy. You should discuss this with your urologist.

              (KLD)
              The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                #8
                Originally posted by SCI-Nurse
                If it is low enough, replacement can make a significant difference in both libido and strength/energy. You should discuss this with your urologist.
                Is the urologist the correct specialist to see? Not an endocrinologist? I have extremely low energy levels, easily fatigued, yet have trouble sleeping, and have gained an unhealthy amount of weight since my injury.
                Daniel

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                  #9
                  Either would be fine. Unless you already see an endocrinologist for diabetes or a thyroid condition though, it would be easier to get in to see a urologist who would already know you. You should also be evaluated for both thyroid conditions and possible diabetes with the symptoms you have.

                  (KLD)
                  The SCI-Nurses are advanced practice nurses specializing in SCI/D care. They are available to answer questions, provide education, and make suggestions which you should always discuss with your physician/primary health care provider before implementing. Medical diagnosis is not provided, nor do the SCI-Nurses provide nursing or medical care through their responses on the CareCure forums.

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                    #10
                    effects of low testosterone

                    So what does low testosterone cause? Can it effect a man's libido? How does it effect sexual thoughts, fantasies, and ability to achieve sexual contentment?

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                      #11
                      What is the reason why testosterone levels drop after 25 and why does it drop faster in sci?

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                        #12
                        hello, at my age I am not interested in my sperm count. I am wondering if a low testosterone level can contribute to the feeling of sexual well-being and be a factor in my esteem.
                        Thank you for your reply.

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                          #13
                          We found mine hormone levels to be extremely low when I was really overweight. We got them back to somewhat normal and I lost 100 pounds since then. I also feel much better and am much more quickwitted. I would recommend everyone gets their hormone level checked. It can have a lot to do with your weight and bad feelings you're having
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                            #14
                            I have been taking Test E injections 1.5ml every 3 weeks for about 6 months now....i definitely know when it is time to have my shot....and when the shots peak....my wife can;t walk in the room without me mauling her. I am a T-12 incomplete 7 years post. It may be coincidence , but the past 3 months when I am peaking and we have sex there is sperm involved for the first time since i got hurt. If i even look at a piece of chocolate or fried foods i get zits and i never had acne before in my life, definitely have to change diet, but considering that a year ago at this time i couldn't keep any muscle tone and felt like i just got hit by a bus...missing transfers,tired all the time, zero sex drive.....I am definitely a fan of hormone replacement. I can not even imagine taking these shots if i was able bodied.

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                              #15
                              Originally posted by dan_nc View Post
                              Is the urologist the correct specialist to see? Not an endocrinologist? I have extremely low energy levels, easily fatigued, yet have trouble sleeping, and have gained an unhealthy amount of weight since my injury.
                              i held my weight at 230 for 5 years after my injury....sounds heavy,but i come from a long line of "big guys" out of no where i couldn't get by without 12 hours sleep and gained about 65 pounds in 6 months....muscle tone in my arms and shoulders all but gone...just felt like crap all the time. one of the guys here asked me what my T level was and i scheduled my own blood test with my doctor a month before i saw him next....he giggled "well after i decided to have your testosterone level checked i see we have a problem here" i schedule my own blood tests once a year, a simple cbc test for someone in a wheelchair is not unreasonable.....you can't feel 50% of your body how else are you supposed to know something is wrong in there.

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