Testosterone Lifelong Therapy-Shots or Androgel...R these really neccessary?

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   Posted 4/29/2010 1:13 PM (GMT -6)   
I'm sorry for double posting but since I posted this on another topic, ("Increased Penile size") Since I have not had any replies, I thought I'd better post this because my doc wants me to make a quick decision. He tells me that this would be a life long therapy of either injections or topical gel, to increase my testosterone levels. With all the possible side effects this Hormone can give me, I'm weighing the risks as opposed to the benefits. I already have a sexual desire,I just can't get an erection after15 months after a radical prostatectomy, plus being 55 and knowing that at this age the testosterone levels drop anyway..whats the use?

I saw my urologist on Monday and since my testosterone levels were low..C'mon most men 50 and up always has a normal decrease of this hormone anyway, and I'm 56.
The Hormone results were as follows-

Luteinz - 3.5 (normal range - ( 1 - 10.2) MIU/ML
Testosterone - 277 (normal range - ( 212 - 742) NG/DL
Estradiol - 64 (normal range - (5 - 50) PG/ML
Prolactin - 10 (normal range - (<25) NG/ML

The first thing he wants me to do is to inject myself with this anabolic steroid Testosterone once a week, Intramuscular,,,dang, that needle is a 22G, 1-1/2" needle! The nurse gave me the first shot in the office,now I have to do the rest. it;s been three days after this injection and my thigh still hurts like a mutha!

Has anyone been on this therapy? Has it worked at all? has anyone develped male balding or any other side effects? The Doc tells me it's supposed to increase my sex drive...what? I've always had a sex drive, before the surgery and even now, I just can't seem to get an erection. When I took that Cialis, about 1/2 hour into it, I looked at a Penthouse, but had the desire, but could not get anything.

Doc says that even with my Rad. Prostatectomy, It's possible I could still get the recurrence of the cancer.

I found researching this-
"Another possible side effect of testosterone replacement therapy and/or injections in men is enlargement of the prostrate glands. Hence, patients with prostrate cancer and breast cancer should take proper medical advice prior to taking such treatment injections. Some patients even report painful symptoms in the scrotum and associated areas."

"It has been observed that testosterone therapy can aggravate prostate cancer by stimulating the growth of cancerous cells. Sometimes excess testosterone can lead to the enlargement of the prostate gland. A prolonged use of testosterone is associated with liver damage, peliosis hepatitis (development of blood filled cystic spaces in the liver), cholestatic hepatitis (a condition, where bile secretion is obstructed) and liver cancer. Testosterone is also linked to a reduction in the excretory functions of the liver. Besides, it can have an adverse impact on the nervous system and thereby cause anxiety, depression and sleep apnea. " rolleyes

Steve n Dallas
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   Posted 4/29/2010 2:23 PM (GMT -6)   

I too lost the ability to get mr happy in the upright position via visual stimulation. And many others here are in the same boat. Who knows why.

Have you tried Tri Mix and did it work for you?


Age 55   - 5'11"   215lbs
Overall Heath Condition - Good
PSA - July 2007 & Jan 2008 -> 1.3
Biopsy - 03/04/08 -> Gleason 6 
06/25/08 - Da Vinci robotic laparoscopy
05/14/09  - 4th Quarter PSA -> less then .01
11/20/09 - 18 Month PSA -> less then .01
Surgeon - Keith A. Waguespack, M.D.

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   Posted 4/29/2010 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
This came up in my last visit and my doctor said a lot of his patients were found to be low in trestorene.  He tested me and did some number crunching and said I was ok.  It is something he has been testing recently
Dx'ed 5/08 one core 2%  out of 12  3+3 gleason
DREs all negative
PSA was in the 3-4 range then jumped to 7
I have the enlarged prostate, on the order of 100cc.  After taking Avodart for 3 months  my
PSA was cut in half.
I did Active S for a year but concluded that I didn't want a life
of biopsies and Uro meetings.
DaVinci on 6/24/09  UCI Med Center  Dr Ahlering, long surgery based on size and location
Final was 5% one side all clear, but had a huge 90 grm prostate
Now we work on pee control, ok at night but sitting is a big problem.

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   Posted 5/1/2010 11:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Since I'm not sexually active (with another person, preferably female that is) The I really don't want to prick myself every week (The doctor told me this was a life long therapy) and given all the possible side effects,I decided not to do the hormone shots and no, I haven't tried the trimex shots...yet or even if I would want to inject Mr. happy and walk around with an erection. I'm trying to get this all back on my own. I am told that 15 months post surgery is still too soon to expect miracles,if they come at all, given some radical nerve-sparing robotic surgery. (fingers are crossed) Thanks!
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