I had a surgery to remove a carotid body tumor--benign--but the surgery did not go well. I recovered as far as I can. After 39 units of blood and fluids I was really bloated and was placed in 17 days of a drug induced comma....my optic nerves were permanently damaged I have only 20% vision is right eye, left eye no vision, I can not swallow--no even saliva so I have a feeding tube--everything by tube. NOt that bad You get use to it. I learned to walk and talk again. I was on 20 mg of Celexa for anxiety. I am down to 10 mg a day now. I take an arthritis med for osteoarthritis...in both knees since I was 30. I stay fairly active, I have no energy, loss all my muscle, tire easy, "just don't care", forgetful, short term memory loss, no libido...married a great gal....we were very sexually active before my surgery. After my recovery I would go places now I stay home At 55 I want to get out there and enjoy life. Seldom morning wood, slow to get an erection, once I am ready I stay hard and good sized, sex lasts a good long time and both are satisfied....but turning down my wife or not being in the mood has gotten real old. I had my testosterone tested 2007 total was 297..my doctor did nothing. 2010 I have a New doctor now my test is total 453 free 11.6 My new primary doctor and I agree optimim total should be 800 free 18.0 Doc says my testicles have atrophied a bit. I have a PSA of 2.3, colonscopy clear, had all the blood tests-- White and red cell count lower range of normal, thyroid is OK
My next appt is with an Endocrinologist to discuss testosterone replacement therapy. Injections every 2 weeks.
I want to go ahead and start, yes I know its a lifelong commitment but I want to feel better........do I need to convince the Endo at my next appt.?