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Bugg
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Anyone have good results with the testosterone cream for fatigue and/or pain?

Anyone know which tests to ask for to properly test testosterone levels for women versus men. I realize there are different reference ranges for both...anyone know how to properly test????

I know there's an LLMD who prescribes the cream for his patients even if they aren't low....says helps them with their fatigue....

Any experiences? Please state, if you will, if you're male or female.....

Thanks!

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I'm all for trying stuff but adding in hormones has not helped me too much...

I'm male and have tried tweaking any number of hormones including testosterone, DHEA, thyroid, adrenal and so on but nothing has dented the fatigue noticeably. The mechanism is elusive. It may be what Dr. B calls hormone receptor blockade (possibly from the toxins).

My IGF-1 even spiked nicely while on T but without significant benefit in terms of energy. Why hormones have been acting like water for me is the million dollar question...

I was a very good athlete before lyme...with oodles of energy...

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bugg, [group hug] [kiss]

stopping by to say hi; no experience; but up to the top we go [Smile]

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I have had unbelievable pain before and after period. TERRIBLE depression accompanied pain. Went to LLMD, tested extremely low for testosterone. I love the cream!!! Got me off of pain killers (except for Ecotrin-some aspirin). Depression much improved. Hoping each month will improve.
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Bugg
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Thanks so much for the responses...I really appreciate it....
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I've been on T cream for about 6 yrs. I think it's awesome! Helps a lot with fatigue and maybe depression.

I just feel more energized and full of life while on it.

I was evaluated initially by a 24 hr urine collection and later monitored by blood tests.

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Bugg, I had saliva testing done to check cortisol, progesterone, estrogen, estradiol, testosteroine, and DHEA levels.

I knew my cortisol level would be low, but I was very suprised to learn that all levels were low. Based on my results, I was prescribed DHEA capsules, adrenal supplements, and a hormone cream to regulate the other levels. It has definitely been beneficial.

My doctor used ZRT Lab http://www.salivatest.com/
for the saliva testing.

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I have/had very low testosterone (in fact I thought that was source of my fatigue) but bringing it back to normal levels (from 120 to 1000) did not really do anything for overall well being .

I also still have low cortisol, adrenal fatigue and borderline high t3 , maybe they are heavier contributors than I initially thought

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It seems like many if not most of us have low testosterone and most of us have fatigue issues. while low T needs to be addressed for a range of health issues, what has actually helped my fatigue the most is B Complex.

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Yep, tons here seem to have low T, inc me. It's ironic T cream helps women more, isn't it? lol. Who would've thought. I know it's possible, but I just never think of women needing testosterone. [Smile]
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Injectable T is much more effective. Orals are too

harsh on your system. For females cream is more

than enough but for males I strongly feel the mg.

amount is just too low. I don't feel it absorbs

into your system effectively. There are clinical

trials right now testing low amounts of T on woman

for depression.

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