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Old 10-30-2008, 09:28 PM
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Anyone ever taken transdermal testosterone or DHEA? (or cytomel?)

In my neverending funhouse of medical issues, my doctor has run a lot of tests, including a dexa scan, bloodwork, and quantitative urine tests (to look for calcium & iodine issues).
The following issues came up: severely deficient in vitamin D, deficient in iodine (60% in the 24 hour test), low bone density (which is an improvement from my previous osteopenia), very low testosterone & DHEA. Thyroid panel was on the low end of normal.

So...my doctor prescribed vitamin D (the most bioavailable form), calcium, Iodoral, and...
Testosterone & DHEA gel! It's a mix of bioidentical hormones in an alcohol base that I'm supposed to rub into my forearms once a day. Has anyone ever heard of this before, or used a hormone gel?
Also, he has mentioned "wilson's syndrome", which i know is not recognized by the American Thyroid Association. I meet the criteria to a T, including the low body temps. The treatment is T3, which is cytomel, I think. Supposedly the therapy involves doses of T3 that are tapered off once normal body temp is achieved. Has anyone ever taken this for non-bodybuilding purposes?

Sorry if I sound like an idiot...I'm just not finding a lot of information about either of these things that seems reliable. So....I thought I'd post about it on AF.
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Old 11-01-2008, 08:18 PM
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Reading thru the ATA statement on Wilson's, it seems like your iodine deficiency might be causing lower t3 levels, since removal of iodine from t4 creates t3. so by increasing your iodine levels might mitigate the t3 issues.

it also says that t3 treatment can affect the skeleton, which would seem contradictory to take in light of your low bone density.

also, there is no such thing as a "normal" body temp - i had brought that issue up with my dr., and she said normal can range from 96 - 99. (mine happens to be 97 ish)

just my 2 cents
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Old 11-01-2008, 11:47 PM
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I am getting my levels tested in the next couple of weeks i think. The doctor that i am partners with is an anti-aging/hormone replacement doctor. I hear people say they feel some much better after their problems are corrected.
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Old 11-02-2008, 07:19 AM
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Charla, do you know what carrier he uses for bioidentical hormones (i.e., transdermal cream, pills, injections)? I can't find much of anything about treatment in younger women, everything is about women in menopause.
As for Wilson's...I also had questions about the diagnosis being confirmed by low body temp, I know that's definitely a red flag. When I wasn't eating enough, my body temp averaged 96. I am doing iodine supplementation now and hoping that resolves the issues, but I am also curious about cytomel.
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