The intrepid reader may recall that in my last post here, I was talking about the resurgence of my sex drive to some extent. Well I may have found out why this is happening, although I find it hard to believe myself.
Tuesday, the 20th, I had an appointment with my Endocronologist at the Milwaukee V.A. hospital. Of course, they did the usual blood tests, I finally got them to do an estradiol test along with the T test and liver and kidney function tests. I got my test results back on Friday, and, either they tested the wrong blood, or something is really messed up with my testie function. The T test came back in the mid 500s, I think it was 548 or something like that, the range being 250 to 1000 for a normal male. The estradiol test came back at 38, below the normal level for post-menapause. If these numbers are correct, it explains my sex drive, but it also means that my body has developed a resistance to spiro. I’ve been taking 100 mg daily for over a year now and my last T test last fall showed me at 111. Also, I’ve been on the Vivelle Dot patch, the .1 size, the largest they make, for more than 6 months, and 2 mg of Estrofem for at least 6 months before that. So, why is my estradiol level that low and my T level that high? Do I need to get them removed to solve this problem? A better question would be, can I get this done through the V.A. health system? After all, I’ve only thought about having them removed for, oh, about 20 years now. It just costs so much for basic things like this! Ugg!