'Reasonable and customary' tests?

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Rolerbe
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   Posted 9/20/2010 10:33 AM (GMT -6)   
Had a first meeting with an ED doc in NYC recently to discuss Trimix injections.  He mentioned that I should do a testosterone test, to check for any low level, and to 'at least get a baseline' for the future.  I agreed.
 
Just got a bill notice from the hospital, not yet though my insurance to knock it down to 'reasonable and customary', but the bill was for $850 (just for the blood work, not including the visit)!  Included were tests for Estradiol and Leutinizing Harmone which we never discussed.  As far as I know these tests are only used to evaluate females for egg production in the ovaries, etc.
 
Do these tests make sense to you?  Reasonable?  Customary before starting injections?

zufus
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   Posted 9/20/2010 12:43 PM (GMT -6)   
Seems a bit rippish monetarily,  if all you really needed was 'T' level checked.  Now men have some estrogen within our bodies which we might not have known, but you mentioned estradiol which makes one think about estradiol patches or gel used as supplementary therapies used in PCa.  A test for LHRH ?  You never used LHRH before, correct?  Now I admit to not knowing much about how to do or use Trimix  (never went to look at it).  Something doesn't pass the smell test...(but I don't have the correct nose to be the big dog on this one-LOL).
 
Be interesting to see what others whom know about such first hand, have to say.

Postop
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   Posted 9/20/2010 1:01 PM (GMT -6)   
Men have LHRH, too. It's also know as Gonadotropin-releasing hormone. It's released by the pituitary and regulates the production of testosterone. Estradiol is a metabolite of testosterone and is produced in men in the testicles:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Estradiol

The human body is designed so that the same hormones are used in men and women, in somewhat different ways.

goodlife
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   Posted 9/20/2010 3:11 PM (GMT -6)   

If I understand the way trimix works, it is not dependent on testosterone.  It is a chemical mixture that shuts the valves, and makes the tissue fill up.

 

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