Too many patients, as documented in an on-line study of 12,000 individuals conducted by the American Thyroid Association published in June 2018, (https://doi.org/10.1089/thy.2017.0681) , complain of persistent symptoms of hypothyroidism despite what their doctors believe is successful treatment with levothyroxine (brands include Synthroid, Unithroid, Tirosent, Levoxl). We believe something needs to be done to resolve this conflict between patients and their doctors.
One of our members notes loss of sex drive, strength, motivation. He is concerned that this could be due to low testosterone levels;
Here is his comment;
Iâ€™m 64 years old. Excellent health. 6 ft tall, 177 pounds, work out three times a weekâ€¦â€¦.finding my self depressed, losing strengthâ€¦..havenâ€™t had any sexual desire in last 3 yearsâ€¦â€¦..I use the VA for all my health issues. My doctor said he tested my levels and they were normal, but he wouldnâ€™t let see the results. Based on my info could someone tell me what my level should be at. Also, I noted someone said they got tested freeâ€¦how is that ?? My only option without paying is to use the VA, and Iâ€™ve already noted that experience. Thank You.
My first thought is to find out what the actual testosterone level is, as well as free testosterone. A doctor that refuses to share a patients lab results with them has lost credibility. Many “normal” results are subject to interpretation but the doctor may not want to be bothered explaining the finer points of diagnosis. This applies to many medical conditions but is particularly common when diagnosing low thyroid or gonadal (testicular) function. Additional testing may be necessary to make the diagnosis. If any of the pituitary hormones, prolactin, LH or FSH are abnormal then testosterone levels could be in the “normal” range and yet the patient can be suffering from significant disease. Finally, it is still possible that symptoms like those you describe are not related to testosterone deficiency and a search for other medical explanations seems appropriate.
As far as getting free testing for medical conditions I am not able to provide a clue. Perhaps one of our members knows of a way and I would welcome their comments.
Best of luck.
Dr. Gary Pepper, Editor-in-Chief, Metabolism.com
These comments are for informational purposes only and are not intended as medical advice or therapy.