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    Hi.

    After experiercing symptoms associated with low testosterone levels, I saw my urologist, got bloodwork done and discovered I was at a 301 - prompting the doctor to prescribe Depo-Testosterone to me.

    72 hours ago I gave myself my first injection - shot 200 mg Testosterone cypionate into a muscle.

    I feel absolutely no different...

    My doctor had initially prescribed Androgel to me, and when I asked him how long it would take to make me feel different, he said about 3 weeks. I told him I wanted something faster-acting, so he changed the rx to Depo-Testosterone.

    It's been 3 days after my first injection and I feel entirely unchanged. Is this normal? I heard with this drug the effects are at their strongest immediately after the drug has been administered, slowly tapering down in strength w/ time...

    I should also state that I used a 21g 1 inch syringe to deliver the drug to my muscle. I read on a site that for IM injections needle lengths should be 1.5 inches. Was the drug improperly administered? I'm very low bodyfat and feel I did hit the muscle - definitely didn't hit a blood vessel - so do I just need to wait longer for the drug to act?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Give it 2-3 weeks.
    Also dont let your doctor have you do 200mg every 14 days, get 100mg every 7 days.
    Your injection should be fine although 21g is abit big.
    Aged 23 ;; 09/06 left I/O ;; Markers normal ;; 100% Seminoma Stage 1. ;; 10x8x16mm & 7x7x8mm ;; rete testis invasion. ;; no vascular invasion. ;; surveillance. ;; HRT.

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    • #3
      Is the 1inch length long enough though?

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      • #4
        Yea, I know of someone who describes there shot as half SubQ(into the fat) I would imagine they barely reach into the muscle.
        Some people even inject into the fat instead of muscle.
        Aged 23 ;; 09/06 left I/O ;; Markers normal ;; 100% Seminoma Stage 1. ;; 10x8x16mm & 7x7x8mm ;; rete testis invasion. ;; no vascular invasion. ;; surveillance. ;; HRT.

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        • #5
          My son is having hot flashes, and breast tenderness. He sleeps a lot but I dont know if that is because of testosterone changes or cancer. He never brought this up to me and after reading some of the posts on here about it, I asked him if he was feeling any changes. He said, yes.

          You have to give yourself your own injections? Is that standard? Is it always necessary to have hormone replacement?
          What can happen if he does not take hormones, and are there risks if he does take hormones?
          I read some posts, but I do not really understand when to, or not to, how much or what all the numbers mean.

          Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
          L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
          4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
          AFP started increasing3 wks later
          Residual abdominal mass found on CT
          RPLND 6/8/07
          Cancer in pathology-
          80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
          No adjuvent chemo and
          AFP normalised

          July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!

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          • #6
            Every man who has both testicles removed needs hormone replacement therapy; some, but not all, men who have one testicle removed need it.

            Symptoms of low testosterone may include fatigue, depression, hot flashes, osteoporosis, and loss of libido.

            Gels like AndroGel and Testim are more common and convenient than injections.
            Scott, [email protected]
            right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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            • #7
              Originally posted by Scott
              Every man who has both testicles removed needs hormone replacement therapy; some, but not all, men who have one testicle removed need it.

              Symptoms of low testosterone may include fatigue, depression, hot flashes, osteoporosis, and loss of libido.

              Gels like AndroGel and Testim are more common and convenient than injections.
              Thanks Scott, I will tell my son to discuss this with his oncologist.

              Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
              L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
              4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
              AFP started increasing3 wks later
              Residual abdominal mass found on CT
              RPLND 6/8/07
              Cancer in pathology-
              80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
              No adjuvent chemo and
              AFP normalised

              July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!

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              • #8
                You dont need injections you can use gels or pellets, and even if it was injections then you can goto the doctor for it.

                If he is having breast tenderness, left untreated, within 5-10 years he could have b cups. As the remaining testicle tries hard to do the work for 2 it becomes overworked and desensitised therefore not even pulling the weight of half of a one, this is called primary testicular failure.

                Having low testosterone is a long term health risk, it is linked to heart disease and other illnesses, but what bothered me the most was mood swings.
                Last edited by Michael112; 01-15-07, 09:12 PM.
                Aged 23 ;; 09/06 left I/O ;; Markers normal ;; 100% Seminoma Stage 1. ;; 10x8x16mm & 7x7x8mm ;; rete testis invasion. ;; no vascular invasion. ;; surveillance. ;; HRT.

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                • #9
                  I see now that low testosterone can have some serious consequence and I will make sure this is addressed by my sons doctor.
                  Is it possible that this is just a temporary problem since his orchiectomy on Dec 20th, and will return to normal on its own?

                  Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
                  L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
                  4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
                  AFP started increasing3 wks later
                  Residual abdominal mass found on CT
                  RPLND 6/8/07
                  Cancer in pathology-
                  80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
                  No adjuvent chemo and
                  AFP normalised

                  July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!

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                  • #10
                    Another question .. since this problem began after having the orchiectomy, wouldnt this be considered secondary testicular failure, rather than primary?

                    Son Anthony DX 12/11/06
                    L/O 12/20/06 Stage IIIA, 95% EC, 5% Yolk Sac
                    4XEP 1/29-4/6/ 07
                    AFP started increasing3 wks later
                    Residual abdominal mass found on CT
                    RPLND 6/8/07
                    Cancer in pathology-
                    80% mature teratoma, 20% Yolk Sac. --
                    No adjuvent chemo and
                    AFP normalised

                    July 22, 2010 ---- 3 years all clear!

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                    • #11
                      I doubt it will resolve on its own, unless your son is overweight and he was to lose weight, or malnourished and was to start taking nutritional suppliments. Then it could resolve although if so would most likely become a problem again later in life.

                      Despite the myth that the remaining testicle will pick up the slack, instead the oposite seems to happen with what I have seen posted here and other forums from people with primary hypogonadism, the testosterone level will drop furthur, due to the organ throwing in the towel so to speak.

                      Primary is when the problem is coming from the inability of the testicle(s).
                      Secondary wich isnt as bad, is when the problem is coming from the pituatry gland in the brain, wich wouldnt be sending out enough LH wich is the signal to produce testosterone.
                      There is also central hypogonadism wich is both.

                      In your sons case it would either be primary or central, depending on LH and FSH readings, although central isnt as common.
                      Last edited by Michael112; 01-16-07, 02:54 AM.
                      Aged 23 ;; 09/06 left I/O ;; Markers normal ;; 100% Seminoma Stage 1. ;; 10x8x16mm & 7x7x8mm ;; rete testis invasion. ;; no vascular invasion. ;; surveillance. ;; HRT.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by mstlyn
                        Is it possible that this is just a temporary problem since his orchiectomy on Dec 20th, and will return to normal on its own?
                        Yes, it is possible. I recently posted a link to a presentation about a study of testicular cancer survivors in which only 24% of the subjects had all tested hormones within normal range.
                        Scott, [email protected]
                        right inguinal orchiectomy 6/5/2003 > nonseminoma, stage I > surveillance > L-RPLND 6/24/2005 for recurrence, suspected teratoma but found seminoma, stage II > chylous ascites until 9/2005 > surveillance and "all clear" since


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                        • #13
                          Hi , I too have recently had an injection (250Mg T Ethanate?) into my ***. after one week i too have disapointadly had abosutly no effect.
                          Tell a lie, I did get an effect--- I had such pain that i wasnt even able to walk for a day & half!
                          Certainly will not be having any more of that!
                          Just need to get the wife a vibrator!!!

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                          • #14
                            Why is every1 getting put on injections instead of gels.
                            Aged 23 ;; 09/06 left I/O ;; Markers normal ;; 100% Seminoma Stage 1. ;; 10x8x16mm & 7x7x8mm ;; rete testis invasion. ;; no vascular invasion. ;; surveillance. ;; HRT.

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Michael112
                              Why is every1 getting put on injections instead of gels.
                              I was on testogel but it seemed to be having less & less effect so I asked doc if I could try injection just once to see if it gave the alleged "instant boost" that injection proponists claim happens. If it had done so i was then going to ask if i could go on Nebido, the 3 monthly jag. Unfortunately as things went, I will not be asking to have that!
                              Seeing my endo next week so he hopefully will sugest something!
                              Maybe take a daily bath in Testogel!

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