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wondering if testosterone therapy has helped anyone? i am about to start.

i have blood work done, meet with doctor next week, i was wondering if any ones been on it for long term, if it helped with pain? if it helped with general mood ? i am a little nervous, i have watched way to many videos.  if it can help i sure it be worth the extra money, or getting shots twice a week. lol
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  • itsautonomicitsautonomic LouisianaPosts: 2,561

    The Special Needs of Pain Patients

    What is lost in the recent controversies, however, is that the vast majority of testosterone is not prescribed to pain patients—but rather to middle age and older males for maintenance of libido, muscle mass, mood, and energy.2,23 These issues also may be of considerable importance to pain patients, but testosterone has 3 additional, critical properties in pain patients:

    • Protection and regeneration of damaged neural tissue (peripheral and central)10,24
    • Maintenance of opioid effectiveness, so dosage can be minimized10-15
    • Prevention of opioid complications, including osteoporosis15,30-33

    Testosterone is well known to have analgesic properties.10-15 In my own clinical experience and anecdotal reports, pain patients who start testosterone reduce their opioid requirements. Testosterone is known to assist opioid binding on receptors.15Opioids have a suppressive effect on the endocrine system and on bone formation.30-41 Osteoporosis frequently occurs in opioid-maintained patients.30-33,39,40

    It is essential in the debate about testosterone that clinicians acknowledge that chronic severe pain is itself a major cardiovascular risk factor (Table 3). This often is overlooked, but it must be a part of practitioner’s decision making when it comes to choosing pain control therapeutics. Severe pain, acute or chronic, peripheral or central, causes hyperarousal of the autonomic nervous system and the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal axis. Chronic hyperarousal of these 2 systems causes several physiologic dysfunctions that are associated with cardiovascular risk factors such as hypertension, tachycardia, vasoconstriction, and hypercortisolemia with its attendant effects of hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia.

    Do your due dilegence, trust you know your body and question everything if it does not fit. Advocate for yourself and you will be suprised what will be revealed trusting your body and instinct.
  • Thanks for information, I feel better about it now. 
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