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   Posted 2/8/2011 11:37 PM (GMT -6)   
I am writing about my husband who has osteoarthritis and his testosterone level is 92, he is 58 years old. He already saw a urologist and he gave him an injection. He saw an endocrinologist today and came back all freaked out because of the meds the doc wants him to take. The side effects to this stuff are almost worse than the condition! He has GERD/gastritis/colitis and the doc says he has to take calcium that has citric acid and NOT take his Prevacid anymore. So now I read that if he continues to get injections he will likely get prostate cancer, if doesn't treat this he will likely die of a heart attack, for sure he will give litter of kittens over stomach problems. Does anyone know what causes this to happen? No PC, not yet anyway. I've read that he only needs Low T meds, that they will handle the Osteoarthritis problem. So can he take get treated for Low T and not worry about the calcium yet? I wish he would get on here on do the talking, but he's too busy working and doesn't have time. He's been in bad shape for ten years now, no energy, bad, bad feet and ankles, and mean as a possum. Now we know why, just know what to do now. HELP! Going nuts! turn

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   Posted 2/9/2011 12:43 AM (GMT -6)   
Hi Gremma,

I think Prostate cancer should be the least of hubby's worries. PCa in most cases is fairly slow growing, even in guys with normal testosterone. So in the worst case, if he got terminal PCa as you fear, with appropriate treatment he should last another ten years.

If the docs are warning you about an increased risk of PCa with testosterone shots, they are right. They are obliged to do that. But I think hubby has much more immediate concerns, so if the docs are recommending testosterone shots, then I say go for it.

When I started taking low dose daily aspirin, my doctor warned me of all sorts of dire consequences, gastric cancer being among them. None of that has happened yet... :-)
No symptoms; PSA 5.7; Gleason 4+5=9; cancer in 4/12 cores
Non-nerve-sparing RRP 7 March 2008 age 63
Organ confined, neg margins. Gleason downgrade 4+4=8
Fully continent
Bimix worked well; now using just VED
PSA undetectable at first but now 0.4, doubling time 7 months
No radiation but ADT coming unless I can slow down the rise...

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   Posted 2/9/2011 1:00 AM (GMT -6)   
Causes of prostate cancer are very unclear. No one I know that has no diagnosis of prostate cancer should forego any therapy that can improves ones health and/or quality of life. Low testosterone is not uncommon among mend after the age of 50. It's a condition called hypogonadism. I actually had a mild case of it prior to prostate cancer though it was never treated or diagnosed until my experience with prostate cancer made me aware of it.

There are patches and shots that can really help with low T levels. Low T levels can be a nasty condition. Some men suffer from depression, osteoporosis, or even low sex drive, among other things. If I was in your husbands shoes, and testosterone replacement therapy runs no other risks to other conditions, I would opt for the therapy.

PS: We have several men here that did have a bout with hypogonadism. In addition almost all the men here who are currently on hormonal therapies (ADT, ADT3, HT in their signatures) know the side effects of the condition. I think they would say they would rather not be dealing with low T levels.

Advanced Prostate Cancer at age 44 (I am 48 now)
pT3b,N0,Mx (original PSA was 19.8) EPE, PM, SVI. Gleason 4+3=7

Da Vinci Surgery ~ 2/17/2007
Adjuvant Radiation Therapy ~ IMRT Completed 8/07
Adjuvant Hormone Therapy ~ 28 months on Casodex and Lupron.
Undetectable PSA.


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   Posted 2/9/2011 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
Thanks guys, I had wondered why he had changed so much, no energy, always tired, couldn't get excited about anything like going anywhere, doing anything, no sex for 2+ years, but then I have had surgeries on my knee too, so to him it was just "more work." He struggles everyday just to get up and get going and that's not him. He's always embraced the challenge of his work, now he's always angry, impatient, and frustrated. For the last 8 years I have begged him to go on an anti depressant; I didn't even know about this Low T stuff. Thanks

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   Posted 2/9/2011 8:21 PM (GMT -6)   
It would seem reasonable that he start getting a yearly, or perhaps smi-annual PSA test if he is not already.
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