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Stripey

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What would you do?!
« on: April 19, 2017, 08:21:16 PM »
I think I know the answers I'll get to this but I'll ask anyway!

To cut a long story short, after 8 years of seeking some sort of treatment,  I finally found a GP who put me on testogel. Standard dose 5mg/day. That was a year ago. I've not been asked to go back to 'check the levels' or anything and seeing as I feel a whole lot better, I'm more than happy to continue as I am.

However I'm aware of the standard protocol where endos usually retest after a month or 2 to see how things are going which hasn't happened for me. I could of course request another blood test myself.

But what would you do in this situation?! I'm not saying I'm going to stick to whatever advice I'm given on here, I'm just curious as to general opinion.

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Olly13

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Re: What would you do?!
« Reply #1 on: April 19, 2017, 09:27:33 PM »
Hey there,

Yeah... You probably already know you need to get bloods done, Testosterone, Estrogen, Hematocrit and hemoglobin  really.

You could for all you know be walking around With a sky high hematocrit, unlikely but still, seeing as your not checking periodically that's the risk being run here.

There all levels which should be monitored, at least your feeling good though so that's something!

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Re: What would you do?!
« Reply #2 on: April 20, 2017, 10:34:40 AM »
Hi Stripey.

Yes you do need to get a couple of things checked. You can get these tests done under the guise of a general
health MOT rather than anything in particular. If you're happy with the dose of testosterone you're on then the
purpose of such a test would be to rule out its negative effects on blood components (and so your risk of a
cardiac event from high blood cells etc).

A general blood test will measure all the things needed to rule high RBC, haemaglobin, and haematocrit out.
Such a test will also include a measure of cholesterol and triglycerides plus kidney and liver function. The NHS
blood panel will often also include a measure of your vitamin D and other vitamins and minerals too.

The thing you will probably need to ask for separately to the blood panel is a prostate check. You can either
request a PSA test or DRE but you don't need both unless it's warranted. For dignity reasons I'd opt for the PSA
test generally. However, if you like your doctor to take a more "hands on" and proactive role in your care then
maybe the Digital Rectal Exam is more up your alley so to speak.

So basically in summing up...
If you have no aromatisation symptoms and you're happy on your testosterone dose and type then ask for a
health check up that includes a blood panel and PSA (or DRE). You should get the results within a few days but
the vitamin D3 tests can take longer for some reasons unknown.

Best regards.
Craig

Stripey

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Re: What would you do?!
« Reply #3 on: April 20, 2017, 09:23:00 PM »
Thanks, and good points. I'll book an appointment with GP and see what she thinks about a blood test.