The second opinion

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As you know, we had a scare last week.  Both my husband and I were distraught.  Why?  Because we thought he would die soon of liver failure.  His urologist told him not to drink alcohol anymore, as it would interfere with his treatment for Low-T.

Here’s the link to that post:

After a second round of testing, David realized that alcohol had nothing to do with the bad score he got previously.  He was not going to die of liver failure.

Well, on Monday, David began researching the side-effects of Clomid, a drug he was taking to boost his testosterone levels.  He discovered that taking Clomid was counter-productive.  On one hand, Clomid raised his testosterone a little, but on the other hand, it lowered it.

So, why take this drug?

He called his urologist and they had a long conversation regarding Clomid.

Conclusion:  Low-T will not kill David.  If he suffers from fatigue and lack of energy because of it, he can always take a nap, as he is retired and has the time to sleep periodically during the day.

Therefore, David will stop taking Clomid, since it has not been helping him at all.

And, the liver function test he took last week indicated there is absolutely nothing wrong with his liver.  So, David is allowing himself 3 beers per week.  However, it is believed by many scientists that alcohol kills brain cells.  Let’s see if moderate consumption of alcohol impairs his memory.


11 Responses to “The second opinion”

  1. Joanne Noragon Says:

    The assessment of his urologist seemed so drastic and extraordinary that more information was needed. In the end we are the ones who know what is going on in our body.

  2. Jan Says:

    I’m glad he’s stopping that drug. I drink a glass of wine every night and so far, so good. I would really miss it if I didn’t. David is pretty healthy, all things considered, so it’s good he’s going to be all right!

  3. Grannymar Says:

    A second opinion is always worthwhile! As they say: Two heads are better than one.

  4. Christine Says:

    3 beer per week doesn’t sound too bad.

  5. dkzody Says:

    Glad to hear you got more information and that David’s health seems to be okay. Hopefully he won’t need any more drugs. I’m always saying that drugs seem to cause more problems than they solve.

  6. Olga Says:

    It seems that the drug to fix one thing causes another. I am glad to hear that the second opinion was such a relief. As for the alcohol killing brain cells–well, those ideas about foods and drink change so often, who knows. I think moderation is the key. I was told at my last wellness visit that a glass of red wine (5 oz.) was good for cholesterol control. I can’t drink a glass every night, but I do enjoy one a few times a week.

  7. DeniseinVA Says:

    Glad to hear that David had a long talk with his doctor. If he can do without this drug I would say that’s a good thing. I’m afraid I don’t pay too much mind to the idea that alcohol kills brain cells. They are always telling us something bad and then a few years down the road, we find out it is okay and we should not take something else. If we paid attention to everything we wouldn’t put a bite of food or any kind of refreshment in our mouths.

  8. SchmidleysScribbling Says:

    Good luck. I hope the new regimen works. Its difficult to cut out something we love. David takes a nap everyday and says it helps him. I on the other hand cannot take a nap. I tried, but it doesn’t work for me.

  9. L....w Says:

    Wish David the best of health….not sure I’m following correctly, but hope his knees will do as well without the testosterone shots. Not advocating any hormone therapies in general since these increase risks with cancer and other diseases. If the only reason for the treatment was for fatigue…there should have been other lifestyle changes that could have been looked at first IMHO. My suggestion would have been…leave that caustic work environment, which he did eventually. Now he may not miss those shots except maybe his knees will. Don’t skip doing those P.T. exercises daily.

  10. mageb Says:

    So glad the scare is gone. What a frieght that was. Thank you too for all the nice notes you have been leaving.

  11. Linda Starrl Says:

    we have a lawyer friend who worked for the drug companies and he said the only drug to take is aspirin unless you absolutely have to take something to save your life since there are so many side effects from drugs nowadays, so glad it all worked out for you both

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