How I Cured Low Testosterone Before It Ruined My Life

James has degrees in mass communications and music performance. He is a published, online writer, professional photo artist and musician.

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.
  • Wheezing.
  • Sweating.

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!

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and does not substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, and/or dietary advice from a licensed health professional. Drugs, supplements, and natural remedies may have dangerous side effects. If pregnant or nursing, consult with a qualified provider on an individual basis. Seek immediate help if you are experiencing a medical emergency.


James on August 19, 2018:

Yes i stay mad all the time wife call my name i am mad at her for 3or4 days no energy no energy don't want to go just mad all the time the dog makes me mad

scott on December 08, 2017:

getting mad and stay that way for hours on end with out cause just taking peoples head off for no reason just for the sake of being mad i hate it hate it like hell its the most detrimental thing ever i cant put into words how it feels to be like that it just sucks bad talking about stuff that makes no sense at all having to go on meds to control the anger and all that it is low t how embarrassing i have got to get a hold on this stuff before i hurt somebody i am 49 and i have this crap to deal with is this some sort of cruel joke that the creator is putting us guys through just so he can have something to laugh at i see no humor in it at all its cruel and unneeded it serves no useful purpose is there a cure for it my wife left me because i did not give her enough and now i know why its gods fault we cant build our own bodies from nothing so the body he gives is already broke when we get it just thanks ass hole i,ll remember that i gained 75 lbs over ten yrs and now i find that my own body is the culprit so as we get even older what else is going to break that needs fixing and repairing is our blood not red enough any more damn that pisses me off so low t is not just for sex it does a lot of things that are not even listed wow

van61 on September 03, 2017:

Low energy, no sexdrive,irritable

Shane68 on July 29, 2015:

Im a 46 yr old male i have had no energy for 23 yrs been to dr numurous times always told im depressed and givin anti depression meds . No help at all.Have brain fog just feel horrible have to force myself to do anything. I finally talked my dr. Into checking my testostrome and it came back at 265 he said that its in the normal range but on the low side so im fine and try these anti depression meds. Do you think at that level it could be causing my issues ive had lots of blood test i do have a fatty liver and was just told im pre diabetic and this has been a 20 plus yr old issue. some days i just dont know how i can keep doing this. How many of you have been feeling better since starting the treatment thanks guys.

jasonsmart on July 02, 2014:

I have also experienced extreme fatigue and lack of drive in the last two years since taking finasteride. Finasteride converts testocerone into estrogen and that would explain my being so docile and introverted.

jasonsmart on July 02, 2014:

I have read all of these posts and it is amazing to me how western medical science has no clue. I took finasteride (propecia) for two years and it actually got me my hair back, at the expense of my entire spine. I was supposed to go in pin June 13th to get 5 of my vertebrae fused (3 lumbar and 2 thoracic). It is interesting because a month ago I was tested and found to have low testocerone (200). 9 years ago after being married for more than 7 years a and not having children we went and got checked for various things while we were going through fertility treatments. I already had a 9 year old daughter from a previous marriage but I was still tested. My testosterone levels were closer to 3000 and I was told they were roughly 5 to 6 times normal. I was 33 years old at the time. The only reason I state this is after two years of taking propecia or finasteride (only 1 mg daily) it felt like I had melted my spine. I went from 6'2" to 5'11" in less than 3 years. In finding out that my spinal disks basically disappeared and that three neurosurgeons said that spinal fusions were the only solution, I had my doctor do workup and found out to my absolute shock that my testocerone was only 200. I have recently read some forums that talk about men being low on testocerone and getting aggressive degenerative disk disease and after they get their T levels back around normal to normal high ranges their disks in their back "rehydrate". Disk fusions do not solve or address the issue with IVD so I am holding off surgery to see if getting my testocerone levels can resolve my severe degeneration. I have been using maral root and other adaptogens to restore my T levels. Boron helps your body utilize the testocerone your body makes more efficiently. Low T affects muscle and connective tissues like joints, ligaments, tendons, and bone which could cause pain. Neurosoma had also helped. I have gained almost an inch back in my height in two months

Johng356 on May 21, 2014:

Very interesting subject , appreciate it for posting . All human beings should try to learn before they die what they are running from, and to, and why. by James Thurber. ekaeaaafckkc

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on March 25, 2014:

To Kev and jv...

Kev, If you live in a rural area where doctor choices are few, this is what you find - doctors who don't give a rat's ass about you, and/or their profession. I suggest you do a Google search for doctors located in large city hubs like Houston where the competition among doctors is fierce. This may be costly, but think of what your life is worth! You need a total blood work-up because it sounds as though several things are at work. Once you are on the right med(s), you're condition will improve. I recall feeling better the very next day when my doc prescribed the Androderm patch. In a week I was my normal, good as new self again. Remember, you are paying them to perform a service - Demand they get to the bottom of your problems.

To jv: Many people are on meds for life. A good example is high blood pressure medications. If your story follows mine, the energy boost you get from the Low T medication will enable you to feel like going to the gym again. Once your body is in shape again, you may be able to wean off the Low T med, but don't be in a rush to do so. I'm happy to hear your life has greatly improved. I think the lesson here is - Be willing to do anything and go anywhere for the proper care and help needed to beat this condition.

jv on March 25, 2014:

Kev I know how u feel, I have been feeling like that since 18. I still remember that week when my body change couldn't perform sexually week memory sleep 12 to 18 hours a day n still sleepy. Went to too many docs they all said something wrong with my brain gave me antidepressant. I took viagra that stuff didn't work on me either. Last year my condition got really bad ,suicide feeling didn't wanna talk to anyone no friends.worse part is no one understands what r u going thru. Finally I went overseas got broader blood work done find out I'm extremely low on free t. Doc prescribe me andriol 40 mg ,that put smile on my face after 16 years. Proper Stiffness was there,want to have sex, lots energy got my life back. Only question is can I take this amount of t whole life ?I don't mind taking rest of my life. Plz someone help me with that ,I know my body don't make enough t. Good luck everyone.

KevJM on March 22, 2014:

I am 34 years old and I have 99% of all the symptoms I have seen for low testosterone. I am constantly tired and feel weak all the time. I used to workout 5 times a week but no longer have the interest or energy. I diet but keep gaining weight. I can't perform the simplest task without being exhausted and out of breath. I here myself wheezing quite a bit. Even just sitting in a chair resting. I sweat profusely from the simplest task. I want to sleep but can hardly ever fall asleep. Usually I end up laying in bed for 4 to 5 hours before falling asleep. I get about 2 hours of decent sleep a day. Sometimes I go days without sleep. I have no friends anymore. I made up excuses when they used to ask me to do things with them because they didn't understand what I am dealing with. I don't want to be around people anymore. I lost 2 girlfriends in the past 3 years. The first is when I really started to feel bad and I couldn't perform sexually sometimes. It affected the relationship. About that same time I noticed I was having an issue with circulation in my lower legs. now the circulation issue is worse. Tests for any blockage came back normal though. Then with the second girlfriend, I would turn down sex all the time because I knew I couldn't perform. I was embarrassed and ashamed. She thought I didn't find her attractive. I never wanted to go anywhere because of the way I felt either. I finally broke down and told her what I was going through and she didn't understand. Of course that relationship ended too. My body aches all the time and muscles are weak. My joints hurt. I feel like a prisoner in my own home. I feel like my entire life is on hold. I had my testosterone levels checked in Sept 2012 and it was 314. The doctor said it was normal and put me anxiety medication. Since then my symptoms have gotten worse and I feel terrible. I had my testosterone levels checked again from another doctor after complaining of the way I feel in February 2014 and my level was 258. He said it was in the normal range. The range used was 250 - 850. I am clearly at the bottom and my testosterone dropped 56 points in 17 months. I checked and saw a chart that said a 34 year old male should be in the 600 range. I am the level of a 85 year old man and that's how I feel anymore. My doc wouldn't give me anything for the low levels. He asked if I needed to see a counselor. I was very irritated with him and got into an argument. I feel so bad that I feel like I can't keep going on like this. I feel like I'm wasting away. I have no social life at all. I can barely perform the simplest task. I apologize for this long post! I'm just lost and just want to know what maybe someone else thinks. I'm so fed up with doctors! Anytime they don't understand what you are going through they think you need depression meds. I'm losing hope in getting help and finding answers. I just want to feel normal again and live my life. Once again I apologize for how long this! I appreciate anyone who takes time to read this!

gbtusa on March 06, 2014:

I used Androgel for the first time yesterday...2 pumps, one on each shoulder and upper arm.

I was wide awake all night and my anxiety has gone up. anyone with similar experience. Would T injections work better?

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on March 05, 2014:

Best of luck to you!

Manwithnoname on March 05, 2014:

Thanks for the information. Your post gave me hope. I'll see a doctor!

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on March 04, 2014:

Sure. I was on the medication for only 8 months, but I made an all-out effort to exercise every day, lost weight and cut out sugar in my diet. I haven't needed the patch since.

Manwithnoname on March 04, 2014:


I just found your post. I'm in the same condition you were in. It's been 3 years. At first, I didn't think much of it. But I've come to realize Low T isn't only a sexual problem. I have lost interest in almost everything else. I don't feel like doing anything. I've become reclusive. I'm desperate.

I have diabetes. My Low T started with the disease.

Could you please tell me for how long you had to take the medication?

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on March 02, 2014:

I don't recall the exact number, but I think it was around 220.

gbtusa on March 02, 2014:

thanks for your reply.

How low was your Total T?

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on March 01, 2014:

Low T ABSOLUTELY can cause depression! I hope the medication helps.

gbtusa on March 01, 2014:

I am 50 years old male suffering from depression for the past 8 months. last week I got blood work done for Total T and Vitamin D. results show both are low.

Total T -184 (lab normal 241 - 827)

Vit D - 18 (normal 30 -100)

could this be the reason for my depression?

My doctor doesn't think so. but she is willing to order T gel for low T and 50,0000iu/week vit D.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on February 26, 2014:

Thanks for your question, Jewel. I ALWAYS tell commentators that I am NOT a doctor, so anything I write here is only based on MY experiences. I WILL tell you what I think, however. As far as people coming in contact accidentally, for example, I believe the odds are extremely slim anything harmful would occur. To my way of thinking, a lot of the gel or cream would need to bombard the same person for months before anything negative could happen. Appreciate your comment.

jewel on February 26, 2014:

i am curious, my wonderful husband of 11 years has over the last 3 years all but disappeared. We are basically distant roommates. I finally last week convinced him to see a doctor and the results were LowT. He goes Monday to discuss treatment. I have heard things over the years about LowT treatments causing issues for those that come into contact with the person using them...such as through sweat etc. I desperately want my husband back, but having 4 kids in the house I have to ask. Is there any danger to these treatments?

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on February 10, 2014:

Hey, Carlos, as I've stated many times before - I AM NOT A DOCTOR. I can only feedback what has happened for me. Having cleared that, I would say to give the medication more time to work. 2 weeks is not very long for a medication to begin working.

If you believe Low T may be a culprit, DEMAND a full blood workup and tell your doc EVERYTHING you want tested for. . . Don't give up, Carlos. You are still young, and trust me, there is a cure for you.

carlos on February 10, 2014:

Im 22 yrs old and was diagnosed with hypothyroidsm six months ago and noticed that I started having sexual problems and no interest for sex

I been on armor thyroid 30mg for two weeks now.

Im wondering if I can have low t too or should I go check? What should I do I need help...

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on December 17, 2013:

Hey Lester, Thanks for sharing your story. I've had many a bout with depression, so I empathize. I'm 10 years older than you, so I've had more experience with depression. This is what I've discovered. I eventually had to force myself to change negative habits I had somehow adopted to beat this condition, but first, I sought out professional help. Find another doctor who specializes in mental problems, find the right medication that will knock out the depression and STAY ACTIVE. As I've stated before, I am not a doctor, so I can't really say if your reading of 191 is THE cause for your extreme depression. You say you have already tried all the anti-depression drugs available. You may want to do some research on non-prescription treatment like DHEA. Whatever route you choose, please remember, I am describing ONLY treatments that have worked for me, and I wish you the best.


lester on December 17, 2013:

I've been suffering from depression for 20 years and it the past 3 to 4 years it's gotten worse. Been on ever kind of anti depression drug out there. I went in for a physical about a month ago and found my lipid levels were out of whack. My current doctor of 15 years said he could do nothing more for my depression. So, I decided to see another doctor. I went over my medical history with him and was very candid about my struggles with depression. He immediately ordered a thyroid test, PSA, A1c and wanted to check my testosterone levels. Everything was in order except my testosterone. My reading came in at 191. I'm not sure what my free t was or shbg levels are. I was told that my levels were barely low and not to worry about it. I don't agree with him at all. Is this number low for a 52 year old male? If I can start feeling better by raising my t levels to me that would be priceless. Unless you have suffered from depression you can't imagine what it's like. It has such a negitive affect on every aspect of your like. I'm not looking to be twenty again I'm looking for help with depression. All I know is I don't feel very good mentally and what I've been doing in the past is not working for me anymore. I'm 52, take pretty good care of myself and won't just accepted this is the way life is going to be for me. I'm thankful for people sharing there view points on low t. If I can nip this depression I think everything else will fall into place. Your feedback is appreciated. Take care!

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on September 24, 2013:

To Eric - When I first discovered I had Low T, I immediately began wearing the Androderm patch. I was feeling MUCH better within days. During the several months of medication treatment, I felt well enough to begin working out. I built my endurance to the point I was doing hour long, non-stop stairclimber, elliptical and other aerobic machine exercises. These were brutal workouts that taxed my body to its limit. Eventually, I weaned off the patch, and I've never looked back. But, the medication was an absolute necessity for me to boost my energy levels enough to begin working out again. Best, CW31.

Homer to Eric on September 24, 2013:

Working out and eating better is the main ways to over come Low-T. But that will only work if your body can produce Testosterone. Some people just can't produce it no matter what they do. For me I got Low-T from medication once I figured out want the Medication was doing to me I stopped taking it and had to go on Andogel for three months to kick start my brain and my levels now are back to normal.

Good Luck

Eric on September 18, 2013:


My names Eric. I'm a 20 year old kid who just found out my T levels are a 10. To say the least, its been bad for years and I finally had blood work done to find out why I was feeling like death all the time. I have yet to see an endocrinologist, but was just curios to see if anyone has overcome very low T without the use of medication. I study physiology and am a pre-med student so I have an understanding how these meds work and I'm no fan of becoming dependent on medications to function properly in the long run. any advice would help!! Thank you

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on September 06, 2013:

Kathy - FIND ANOTHER DOCTOR TODAY! Find a specialist who deals in Low T diagnosis; AND it's treatment. Your unfortunate story correlates with what I wrote about in the article describing a now-old TV commercial. This particular ad's graphics and information portrayed Low T as a literal joke. Some professionals in the medical world do the same. Low T is NO joke. I truly reached the point where I didn't want to live another day, and was seriously thinking of ways to end my life. My heart goes out to both of you, but I truly believe you should find a doctor who understands the serious nature of Low T. God Bless,


Kathy on September 06, 2013:

My husband is 39 and every year my employer has employees and spouses get blood screenings free of charge to qualify for health insurance discounts. When I signed my husband up for the bloodwork, just to see, since it was free, I checked off testosterone so they also did that test. When we got the results it was 303. His doctor blew it off and said it had to be wrong because he was too young for that. And left it at that. He has ALL the classic syptoms of low T. Fatigue, weight gain, loss of muscle mass, achey, tired, no sex drive and for the last 8 months he has been dealing with extreme depression.

We have since changed doctors and he made an appointment because of his depression. He told the doctor what his T level was last year and all he said was, that can't be right, there are other reasons for your issues, you must be one of those people that self diagnose and self medicate. You are overweight and that is your problem. You have to will yourself to get up off the couch and work out. If you lose weight everything else will fall into place. He didn't even order a new blood test for testosterone. Gave him a script for Zoloft for the depression and said that will fix everything, that and get up off the couch and lose some weight. My husband is by no means a sedintary person. He walks about 8 miles a day at work. He splits 10 cords of wood by hand with a splitting maul. He is active, well used to be anyway. Now it is harder and harder for him. But what do you do when your doctor won't listen to you. My husband thinks he is going crazy. He also hates the anti depressants. Said he now just feels hollow, no longer dpressed, he now feels nothing but all his other "syptoms" still remain. I love my husband and this has really taken a toll on our marriage. I don't klnow how to help him and not sure how to get a doctor to listen to him without accusing him of being "one of those people" who research things on the internet.

Joe F on August 29, 2013:

My patches are always 75% full after 24hrs....i often have 3 on at once...after 3 days, they're usually down to 20%.

Anyone else not absorbing them? I've been told by doctors stitching me up that I have "tough" skin.

jpg on August 24, 2013:

I have been going thru same things you were...but its been four years of torture. ..im curious. ..what were yours levels at when you got them?

biffcollins on July 25, 2013:

Thanks for your success story Copywriter! You rarely hear success stories regarding low t. I am a 35 year old male and was diagnosed with Hypothyroidism, elevated Prolactin, and Low T last month. Endo wanted me to address the thyroid first and prescribed me Levothyroxine 137. I felt like I was on cloud 9 for about a week. Now my head hurts all the time, my brain fog is back and I am constantly dizzy. I meet with my Endo on Monday. I am going to demand that she start me on TRT preferably injections. I will report back with results. Thanks.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on July 22, 2013:

Thanks, Jason . . . God bless you, man.

jason on July 22, 2013:

You the best bro thanks a lot wha t u doing is great I give you all my prays...I'm excited... in only 2weeks I will probably have a heart attack of joy after all this time cross my fingers

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on July 22, 2013:

I won't say EVERY day was great, but yes, all of my previous functions returned and I felt 100% better after 2 weeks. To this day, I feel very 'normal'. Good luck to you, Jason.

jason on July 21, 2013:

Thanks so much wish me luck last question so after those two weeks for u with patches eecerythimg to erections to energy to mood est came back 100%. And u did not everfeel a bad day eversince and that was the end up hill from there and no fluctuation of mood energy est.question is did you after you felt great did u have days better then others with mood and energy or steady and never again.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on July 21, 2013:

There is a new Low T medication available as a gel one applies to their underarm. Seems to me this would be a very good way for getting the medicine to work more quickly and efficiently. I believe it's called Androderm Gel - also available by doctor's prescription only. Good luck to you. I hope you get some much-needed relief.

jason on July 21, 2013:

What exatly should I ask for patches/pr pills what's fastest best because I did injections already I did not feel differently but it went from215m to 900 but I stopped it went back down .. because I did not no it took months to feel differences with injections ...how low were you ? Is feelong sucks I just what out already ...I have low t for shore doc told my mom we just what to no best treatment for fast result like yours...thank u for texting back so soon...

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on July 21, 2013:

It's true that I began to feel better in about 5 days, and in only 2 weeks felt as though I was 19 again. 17 years old is extremely young to have this condition, so I would ask my doctor to ensure it is indeed Low T. The only way one can get the Low T medication is through a doctor's prescription.

jason on July 20, 2013:

I am 17 I have extremely low t doc said and its hard I need your help all I need to no where to get patches and is it true the feeling of low t went away in 5 days and how I though it takes monthes to feel please as soon as possible text back u can change my life

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on May 23, 2013:

Hey Jacob, as I've written many times here, I am NOT a doctor or healthcare pro. I would strongly advise you to partner with your doctor of choice. Thanks for reading, and I sincerely wish for your full recovery.

jacob on May 23, 2013:

hey copywriter31

ive recently gone to get a testosterone test done because I was suffering from majority of symptoms of low t. the results came in and I had a result of free test of 17. ive looked a little into it and I was just looking to get your opinion on whether this is accurate enough to determine whether I have low T. im 22 years old. thanks

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on April 18, 2013:

Appreciate your comment, Kawika.

Kawika Chann from Northwest, Hawaii, Anykine place on April 18, 2013:

Nicely done, terrific information, and thanks for sharing what to look out for. Peace. Kawi.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on April 17, 2013:

Low T can become quite serious. Hopefully your symptoms aren't as severe as mine were. Appreciate your comment!

Just call me, Rick from Asia, and all over on April 16, 2013:

Great information. I felt like you've been spying on me, and emulating my symptoms. It's time to take this condition more seriously. Thanks for the advice. Voted up, interesting and useful.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on April 15, 2013:

Thank you, Flourish - When it gets to the point when you "can't live another day feeling this badly", I finally took action. Hopefully, others will not wait that long!

FlourishAnyway from USA on April 15, 2013:

Good hub on an important topic that many men don't talk about and won't take action on without prompting. I hope both men and women are reading. Glad you are feeling better.

Jason H on April 14, 2013:

I didn't read all these posts but did anyone mention the possibility of getting on Clomid for raising your T level? If you have secondary hypogonadism it is a much better option!!! Also, I was wondering if anyone has ever heard of secondary Hypogonadism being associated with (causing) testicular microlithiasis ( which I just found out that I have)

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on April 14, 2013:

Thanks, Sue, Appreciate your vote and the positive reaction.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on April 14, 2013:

Hi - Thanks for sharing your story. First, you should know I am NOT a doctor. Any 'advice' or pseudo-diagnoses I give are shared strictly from my own experiences. I feel your husband is too young to blame Low T for all of his symptoms, although it could certainly play a role. Sounds to me, he is suffering from a deep depression. The right medications could correct this, but his doctor(s) should consider this as a chief contributor to the symptoms you describe. Is it realistic to be hopeful? Absolutely! His healing will need to come from your husband's determination to be well again . . . you can't do it for him, nor can anyone else. Hopefully, your husband will get tired of being tired and become proactive in his search to find the working medications. Good luck to you.

Hopeful on April 14, 2013:

Thank you for this information. From a woman's perspective all this information is giving me hope. Since we have been married (nearly 7 years now) my husband has not been very social and I thought that was just the way he was, but it has been getting worse lately. He never really had a terribly high libido, but it is now non existant. He had an operation 5 days ago now and when I saw he needed to shave today I asked him when last he shaved and he said 5 days ago and I know he used to shave every day when we were younger. He is 38 years old and is a vegetarian - I believe a poor vegetarian diet can also lead to low T having researched this too. We have two children but to conceive our second who is now two we had to go to a sex therapist - he was starting with erectile dysfunction at this point. We have had no intimacy since I fell pregnant with her almost three years ago now so I have no idea whether this is still a problem though I am sure based on what I have read that it is. This has been very hard for me personally and I wonder sometimes if guys are just more accepting - it is him living with it, but it seems to bother me more than it does him. He has poor sleep and has been complaining about it for 2 years now - we thought it had to do with having small children, but perhaps not. More recently he was complaining about weight gain (though with the operation he had recently he has lost a significant amount of weight) He no longer walks as fast as he used to and exercises a lot less. I have suspected for years that he has been depressed.

I have asked my husband if he will go for a T test and he has agreed, but since he has been on a lot of medication since the operation that will skew his results, he would like to wait until the meds are stopped (which will be in about a weeks time) and then I will make an appointment with a urologist for him. I would still like to have a third child - something that is impossible right now with the lack of intimacy, but I also just want my husband back and I want him to be well and also have more energy to be the father I saw him becoming when our first child was born.

Like I said - we have been living with this for years now - is it realistic to be hopeful?

Susan Bailey from South Yorkshire, UK on April 13, 2013:

Excellent information. I'm sure more men than are diagnosed suffer from this and think it is just part and parcel of the ageing process. Well done for highlighting it. Voted up and shared.

John Paolo B.Magdaluyo from Philippine on April 11, 2013:

Great hub!@ glad you made one, Im sure it can help others as well. God bless to you too.

LongTimeMother from Australia on April 10, 2013:

The hub and the comments here are all very interesting. I know a bit about low testosterone problems and I feel I should mention a couple of things that have not been discussed.

If you have symptoms of low testosterone, particularly young men, please say to your doctor "Someone suggested I should have my prolactin levels checked. Could you do that please?"

I don't want to panic anybody, but I know a man who had a pituitary tumor for ten years before it was diagnosed. He had been to doctors many times complaining about symptoms that linked to low testosterone. Testosterone injections, patches etc cannot cure a tumor.

Here's what you should know about testing prolactin levels. It's a blood test, but prolactin levels are not a standard test. It needs to be specifically ordered. If you are having testosterone levels tested, it can be done at the same time.

Prolactin is a hormone released in women from the anterior pituitary gland that stimulates milk production after childbirth. In men, it indicates a very common type of brain tumour.

Here's a quote from the Mayo Clinic ...

"The major effect of increased prolactin is a decrease in levels of some sex hormones — estrogen in women and testosterone in men. Although prolactinoma isn't life-threatening, it can impair your vision, cause infertility and produce other effects. Prolactinoma is one of several types of tumors that can develop in your pituitary gland.

"Doctors can often effectively treat prolactinoma with medications to restore your prolactin level to normal. Surgery to remove the pituitary tumor also may be an option to treat prolactinoma. "


If you have a prolactinoma, you really should find out about it and get it fixed. It could be as simple as taking a particular type of medication. Left unchecked, it can cause blindness.

Secondly, for those of you who are 50 and over, your doctor should test your prostate before prescribing testosterone. It is clearly stated in every endocrinology textbook that prostate should be checked first (for 50 plus).

Unfortunately there are many doctors who overlook important steps like checking prolactin and prostate, simply jumping to prescribe testosterone. You need to insist they look after you properly.

Last point. And this is absolutely 100 percent proven and true. Drinking alcohol will lower your testosterone levels. If you are depressed and stressed about your loss of libido, the worst thing you can do is drink alcohol. It will just make the problem worse.

It is not uncommon for men with low testosterone to be able to return to healthy levels if they give up alcohol. If you stop drinking alcohol completely and let your liver function return to normal, your testosterone is likely to follow. Once you get yourself back in fine form with an active sex life again, you can look at reintroducing alcohol - but in limited amounts. Over indulgence will just cause the same problems all over again.

I hope this is helpful. As I said, please don't panic. Just take a deep breath and take steps to find out why your testosterone is low. Low testosterone is generally a symptom of another problem. Maybe just too much beer, but maybe something more significant. Try and identify the problem. There's every likelihood it can be fixed if you don't leave it too long.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on April 10, 2013:

Thanks for those uplifting words, moronkee!

Moronke Oluwatoyin on April 10, 2013:

Lovely morning,

I just read your hub. Thank GOD you conquered. I wish good health always.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on April 09, 2013:

My pleasure, Missy - Hope it will give encouragement to the many suffering with this condition. Thanks for your comment.

Missy Mac from Illinois on April 09, 2013:

I did have some blood test done and eager to see the results. Your story is encouraging regarding a cure. Thanks for sharing.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on April 09, 2013:

I would most definitely advise blood tests. Be very open and honest with your doctor, he or she may want to do test for other problems.

sannz on April 08, 2013:

Hey! I am 17 year old, i dont know if I am suffering from low T, but there are times when I am like totally wild and live and happy, and there are times when i am sad and depressed even about small things, also during the later part, its hard for me to get an erection too. I dont get fatigued soon, its never been an problem (might be because of high intensity exercises of karate coaching). Also, one more thing that supports low T in me is that I have gynecomastia (not sure if its the real one or its the psuedo one) since like last 6-7 years, till i remember. Also, I am vegetarian, I heard that we guys might have low nutrition (though not many vegetarian male i seen got gynecomastia) and i think that nutrition is where all these things have started. I am around 6 feet tall and weigh 190 lbs, so i have fairly lots of fat in me. What you think, is it normal or i should undergo some blood tests?

william2112 on March 24, 2013:

I am really glad that you fully recovered! I will discuss this option with my doc. Maybe the pills will react differently. Thanks a lot.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on March 23, 2013:

I began to bounce back in 2 days and was fully myself again in about 6 days. I asked for the pills instead of the gel - the pill route seemed easier. The medication wiped out all of my symptoms, including the depression. Sorry that you reacted differently, and I hope the docs can get you lined out on the side effects issue. Pulling for you!

william2112 on March 23, 2013:

Hi there, and thanks for the encouragement! I am also a musician/songwriter :) what a coincidence! Yes, i know that the medicine boosts my testosterone levels and stamina, but i also know that produces me depression and blood changes. And this is very annoying. I feel upset that i have to take anti-depressive therapy in order to control the boost of the gel! Could you please tell me how long did take for you to recover?

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on March 22, 2013:

Hi William, thanks for sharing your story. The fact that the gel worked is a good thing, but if the gel, indeed, is causing side effects you are truly caught between a rock and a hard place. I've experienced that severe depression and it's horrendous. The only bit of good news in your case is the fact the doctors have diagnosed the depression coming from Low T. Hopefully they can find an alternate way of dealing with your extremely low testosterone levels. Good luck to you, William - I know you are suffering.

william2112 on March 22, 2013:

Hi there,

Nice to read your stories and i wish you all a quick and smooth recovery.

My story is also interesting! I am 30 years old and my depression became really bad the last 1 year (i had symptoms from my early 20s though). Anyway, i was coping and living with them, but i was asking and trying to find why i am so tired all the time (even if my mood was ok). As a result the endocrinologist found low T. My testosterone was about 250. He put me to a gel treatment, and after 3 months, it became 600.So i started doing sports etc. The depression became a bit better, mostly because i started to do things rather than being tired, staying home. Unfortunately, it affected my red cells, and we stopped it in order to explore if it is a side effect from the gel or another blood problem. From that point my life is hell. The new numbers were 0.60 and i was totally tired all day. After three months without, we tried another brand and i put less mg per day (i am in this therapy one month). When i put it, it goes to approx 230 but after 12-14 hours it becomes again 0.60-0.80. The depression became really worse (i haven't been like this before) so he put me on anti-depressive therapy. For the time being symptoms are awful. The thing is that the gels disturbed my metabolism, and i cannot even get back to the 250 i had before the first treatment. I hope that it just needs time.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on March 15, 2013:

I'm not a doctor, and even if I were, I could never diagnose ANY disease over the Internet. Wish I could help... sorry.

rayjay204 on March 14, 2013:

I have am 17 and I got low t im at 350iu but mom thinks I can be depressed because depression has same symptom ..what's the difference she wants to know and I am taking hcg to help I and taking 500mm twice a week for 4 weeks know how long to work plz help....and one last question I have an identical twin that has same levels but he is not getting hit as much as me emotionally with moodswings ..plz help need to know

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on March 12, 2013:

You are very welcome, Bob. Thanks for sharing, and best wishes to and for you!


bobcopper on March 12, 2013:

Thanks CW31 for the encouragement. Some overall improvements after having 2nd injection 5 days ago. Your blog has been a most helpful tool. Though you always have to regard internet posts with caution, your blog is at the very least helping folks to inquire with their Dr. about Testosterone levels. Bet you will find that many women who had hysterectomies prior to age 45 and feel lethargic, depressed, and gaining weight simply do not have the right hormone balance (which includes testosterone). How many of these women had Drs. who slapped them on antidepressants without hormonal bloodwork? Thanks again!!

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on March 09, 2013:

Bob, I feel for you - you have really been through hell and back (hopefully you are back.) Most people don't realize how serious this condition can become. I truly hope the injections help you, Bob. I know this sounds trite: but, hang in there. Many really good treatments are available,, and I hope you find the right one!


bobcopper on March 05, 2013:

I am 50 years old and have been a teacher for over 20 years. I have never had super high energy levels, but exercise helped immensely….Losing weight and maintaining has been nearly impossible, even after my Dr. had me count calories and record daily exercise. 10 years ago, at 228 lbs. I started journalizing and eating 1800-2200 calories per day, while exercising 30 minutes or more 5-7 times per week (jog, elliptical, fast walking, weights). After 3 months, still at 228 lbs. Weight ranged from 234 to 227, but never below 227. I had some erectile dysfunction, and Dr. thought this may be thyroid. One test showed a low T3 but follow ups showed normal… I had a sleep study and did have sleep apnea, and have been using a CPAP for 10 years….In 2009, the daily fatigue, lack of interest, dogged tiredness, sexual dysfunction increased, along with sadness. I could easily stay in bed all day, but kept forcing myself to keep going. “Man up”, “Just do it”, “Don’t give up” self-talk did not help. No energy, no concentration. Felt like lying down even at work. Mood was terrible…constant frustration, anxiety worsened.

Switched Drs. And Dr. immediately said I had major depression. From 2010-2013 I went through antidepressant hell. No relief from Lexapro, Wellbutrin, Prozac, Zoloft, Nortriptyline, Klonopin, Valium, Cymbalta, Viibryd, buspar, and others….No relief…Most meds made me feel worse. Dr. said many folks did not respond to antidepressants, but not to give up…Seek therapy. Tried that too. Seemed a waste of money, but I asked about testosterone. Dr. said ok, and Testosterone level was about 340. He said that was low, and put me on a daily gel. 4 months later no improvement. Weight up to 247, and forcing exercise EVERY day, eating 2000 calories spread over 5 meals with virtually no carbs except morning oatmeal, which has kept cholesterol below 175….Changed Drs. And rechecked testosterone. This time testosterone was 240. New Dr. did not catch it, because the lab report did not “flag” the reading as low. Gel obviously did not work. However, I called him on it, and he immediately started injections every 2 weeks. I have only had 1st injection, but am at least hopeful.

If you have ever seen a 4 year old child with the flu, strep throat, with a high fever, they suddenly STOP running, put their head down and get quiet. You know something is not right. This probably describes my symptoms…Basically like the flu every day, but more frustrating, because you don’t know what’s wrong, and you cannot see an end in sight. I realize that depression could cause low T but I am praying that the low T is the problem. Will keep you posted….Hang in there…have Dr. check your T, sugar, and hormones. Don’t assume your results are normal without checking them yourself. You are not crazy. Just know that others are in the same boat, and don’t give up. Hope this helps someone…Thanks for the helpful comments, and appreciate any advice.

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WOW! I hugely appreciate those compliments . . . Now I've got a new, higher standard to meet thanks to this wonderful review -LOL. Seriously, thanks for the kind words.

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James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on February 18, 2013:

Sherry, sounds to me like he has an undiagnosed condition affecting him in addition to Low T. The Androgel should have IMMEDIATELY kicked in (within 24-48 hours.) I hope the doctors can diagnose his problems . . . Thanks for your valuable input.

Sherry on February 18, 2013:

My husband is 59 and started suffering anxiety, lack of sleep, depression, low self-esteem, suddenly forgot his job, asking me about everything...just seemed lost. He's never ever suffered from any of these problems in the past. I asked his doctor to check his testosterone since it all seemed familiar to me with menopause. The doctor said his testosterone's at 195 and prescribed Androgel. 3 weeks later my husband was only worse and ready to quit his job he just felt it was job stress. I was desperate and took him to a hormone replacement therapy place and they injected him with 11 testosterone pellets and a testosterone injection...its day 5 and he's still the same. I understand we'll have to wait 2-4 weeks for results. I pray it's sooner rather than later. But the author of this hub is right, low testosterone is very serious, my husbands a different person, he is giving up on life having never been sick or in pain a day in his life, he doesn't have a tolerance for it. Part of it is the lack of support from his doctor who says the symptoms are his diabetes, but anyone who knows about low testosterone, he should be in the 800's and not 195!

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on January 19, 2013:

Thanks, Ross!

Ross on January 19, 2013:

Anyone who is on HRT should look into/ask their doctor about Clomid. I've seen several studies that show it works as well or better than testosterone without the side effects (cheaper, too). Clomid is used as a fertility drug in women, and by steroid users coming "off cycle" to get their HPTA working right. Do your homework on this one - it's worth checking out.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on January 10, 2013:

You are going to be fine.

rayjay204 on January 10, 2013:

Thanks so much u think it could have affected my hight or when I get t back I will just shot up and gain all the growth I should have grown because iv bin going though this for 3 years...

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on January 10, 2013:

Hey rayjay, I hope you got a prescription for the RIGHT medications to cure your condition... 17 years of age is really young to be afflicted with Low T, but life throws curveballs on occasion. Trust me, the correct medication for YOU is the answer. Hang in man.

rayjay204 on January 10, 2013:

I got to doctor I got 360 nd and im 17 I got low t because they said im soppose to be at 900!!!

rayjay204 on January 09, 2013:

I got low t ....thanks so much blood comes back tomorrow I will update u ...sorry scared because mom said she bipolar...so I reseached it and different info everwhere it just sounded the same but differences are always tired and moody up and down and erection not as strong and work out great but dont grow taller and grow bigger and body hair ...no facly hair I thing it can stunt your growth with out t

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on January 09, 2013:

They are 2 totally different, and as far as I know, unrelated conditions.

A bipolar person is extremely up or totally down for the count.

Low T zaps a person's physical and mental states - in other words, a person with Low T is ALWAYS tired and depressed, and they never feel 'up' until they receive the right meds. Hope I helped explain the 2 disorders. Again, I am NOT a doctor and any diagnoses I provide is strictly based on my experiences and knowledge.

rayjay204 on January 09, 2013:

What is a differences with bipolar and low testosterone? Plz help .........can low t cause me to be bipolar!!!what is a different symptom that can u tell

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on January 09, 2013:

Hey there, Markinstein - I'm wondering if you discussed trying another medication. I am not positive, but I think there are others beside Androgel. Also, if I remember correctly, I used the Androderm patch... maybe the patch would work for you. I'm pulling for you. Until people read a post like yours, they have no idea how serious this disease can become. Best of luck to you, my friend!


markinstein on January 08, 2013:

I am updating. I have now tried the 1% and 1.62% Androgel. It has been over the course of about 9 months. NOTHING!!! I went to an Endocrinologist yesterday. She said some people just do not absorb the gel and get no benefit. I got an injection of Testosterone in the office yesterday. I was told that with my low count, 44!!! It could take a while maybe 6-8 weeks possibly sooner or later. We will see. I am still soooo tired. I sleep all night and then sleep for hours during the day. I have no interest in anything.

Hopefull10, I agree with copywriter31, There is no way your husband has a Low Test. I have no interest in sex. I can not perform with my wife who I am attracted to and love very much. There is no way I could have a girlfriend on the side. Impossible, unless all she wants to do is sleep all day. Which is all I can muster. Sorry and good luck.

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on January 08, 2013:

To rayjay: Find another doctor!

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on January 08, 2013:

Wow! All of the comments I receive concerning Low T symptoms are all very much UNLIKE the actions described here. We were (are) all very tired, fatigued and very depressed with absolutely NO interest in sex. Your husband's activity sounds more like he is a Bipolar victim... Or, he may be addicted to drugs or alcohol. I'm not a doctor and anything I write is based on experience only, but to answer your question, I don't believe long term Low T, and/or vitamin D can cause irrational behavior. Good luck to you - I hope your life will change for the better.

Hopefull10 on January 08, 2013:

I believe my husband has had low "t" for 10 years. He refused to get help due to embarassment and we just suffered. Sex every few years after I would get really upset at him or beg. Last month he announced he reunited with an old girlfriend on FB from 25 years ago that he had been talking to her for 6 weeks, he loved her and deserved to be happy and was willing to suddenly walk away from a 15 year marriage, his daughter and wanted to charge up credit card bills and then file bankruptcy (all at the new girlfriends advice.) My husband has always been proud of our credit score and finanacial status. But over the past 5 years he has been fired from many jobs due to his temper and poor decisions. When he told me about the GF I was shocked. I had seen a drastic decline in his mood over the past 2 years but I attributed it to his stressful work and I attempted to do everything at home and work full time so he could rest when he came home. When he tol me about this woman I stayed calm, told him he had lost his mind and that we were not getting a divocrce. Within two days of telling me he was realizing that he had made a mistake. But she was relentless she cried, kicked and screamed. Made him feel guilty he mislef her and then actually fearful that she would hurt him or us. When I or our friends spoke to him he would be coherent one minute and crazy the next. He finally got the strength to come home citing my amazing show of love and concern. I told him the next week when he was settled down that he needed to go to the doctor and tell them everything or he could pack his bags.... again. he went the very next day and found out his tesosterone was 175. I am hoping that this was the root cause of his breakdown. That is what is keeping me going right now. Has this happened to anyone else? could long term low testosterone and low Vit D cause someone to snap and actually have memory loss, irraional behaviour and the inability to make rational decisions?

rayjay204 on January 07, 2013:

Went to the doctor.....he did not react so good....I think I know more about t then him I told him everything from my mood to morning erection s that dont happen no more and the depression that feels like im the only one in the world that can feel that bad....he took my blood and brushed it off ..he said u probably to young.plus I told him I had a fatting liver from stress..am I to young and I need blood back need to no if I have it ......im so scared tyat if this is not it where do I go from here am I just crazy and going to be sad forever and tired and not feel love ....it is the worst feeling when I us to feel this way and not be able to have a reason for mood swings and not being able to control my feelings at c all .. im going crazy feeling everyfeeling 10x stronger and depression is the worst and being tired ...r u able to get though the day awake? I dont remember and im only 17!!:(will I be able to forget and just be happy and because of this when I getbetter be able to see life bigger and better like a near death experience thing...

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on January 07, 2013:

I'm more than happy I could help!!! Please let us know what your doctor discovers, but more importantly, I'm interested to know how you feel in the near future... .

rayjay204 on January 07, 2013:

Thax so much i got an appointment today at 5pm you help more then you think:)I just want that depression and mood swings gone and to finally wake u and stay up!!

James Ranka (author) from Port Neches on January 07, 2013:

Hey rayjay204 - I sincerely feel for you. Low T is a very dangerous and serious condition. Please go see a reputable doctor right away. He can prescribe the right medication to reverse this. If you will do this, I can guarantee within 2 days you will be your old self again. The key, though is to have blood tests - you may have other physical issues that need correction as well. Run to talk with your doctor today, if possible. I'm really pulling for you rayjay. Hang in there... Once you find the right medication you will be fine!

rayjay204 on January 06, 2013:

I am 17 years old and I am going though everthing I read on there page and I got this by depression of my father the on top of that. I am 140lb and I took 200grams of protein for 2 mounths straight and I did not no that can effect your kidney s and testosterone ...so for 6 mounths I got extreme ly depression and mood swings of anger and ever emotion was to the extreme and I and sexual not so excited as I us to be and I and not satisfied with anything and I cant get passed anyemotion no matter what and not noing I had this at the time I though it was just me and I was crazy so I went to therapy and it helped but for only 2 days and I just cant sleep and just stop thinking I really though I was going crazy and there was no hope ....please tell me is it easy to bring t back up and how long it takes ? And me remember ing this and everything I went though will I get depression from the memory or I just cant get to the hight of depression with out low t. Can I stay happy .do u appreciate life mussh more because of what happend .are u afraid to be reminded are u still as sensitivite to feelings are u happier then ever and can u be incontrol of emotions 100% and stay clear minder !!! PLEASE HELP NEED IT

John on December 17, 2012:

I can feel for those posting here. I am a 56 year old male. I too had been through many tests for not feeling well, with nothing found. I reached rock bottom when I had to use every bit of my strenght to even walk and breath, I felt as if someone had injected me with a tranquilizer and was at the end. I went to my doctor and he said that we have run many tests and they all came back fine. I said I want a testosterone test done. His response was that I only need it if my erections were weak. I said, erections ?, I feel like I am dying. I think he ran the test more to satisfy me than anything else. Well he called me and said that I needed to come right in and discuss the results. He said no wonder you feel so bad, I have never seen a reading this low. Amazing, it was 41

Desperate Wife on December 07, 2012:

My husband was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer about 7 years ago. He had 1 testical removed and the other we think was destroyed by radiation. Now he we are years later and TONS of test only to be told he has low T. He just started taking Axiron. His T levels have increased greatly but his LH levels are VERY low. Has anyone else experienced this? What did you do? This has caused so much stress in our lives. He has complained about every one of the symptoms I have read on here. I felt as though he had written every single post himself. (Sorry for the double post...I wanted to make sure I joined and didn't miss a comment)

Desperate Wife on December 07, 2012:

My husband was diagnosed with Testicular Cancer about 7 years ago. He had 1 testical removed and the other we think was destroyed by radiation. Now he we are years later and TONS of test only to be told he has low T. He just started taking Axiron. His T levels have increased greatly but his LH levels are VERY low. Has anyone else experienced this? What did you do? This has caused so much stress in our lives. He has complained about every one of the symptoms I have read on here. I felt as though he had written every single post himself.

Asking on December 06, 2012:

I have been going though a hard time for almost 2 years now. It has gotten worse and worse. I have had all sorts of test and everything comes back fine. Even had an MRI. I had one doctor tell me my T levels were fine. After swapping doctors and having another test done my level came back at 209. I have tried the gel and got no where so now I have started the injections. Should get those numbers back soon. My question is how bad can this problem make one feel? I know everyone is different and thats kind of hard to answer but I feel just awful and not sure this is my issue. Hard for me to believe it could make you feel as bad as I do but nothing else is showing up. I don't want to do anything. I often feel so bad I have to go lay down. Even at work. Thank goodness I work for myself or I would probably be jobless. I get light headed feelings from time to time and just a weird feeling all over. I get brain fog and just things that are hard to explain.

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