What about us guys?
(Carson City, Nevada)
I'm a 62 year old male. Three years ago, after 10 years of fighting diabetes, a stroke, a heart attack and going from 187 pounds to 430 pounds I had bariatic surgery. After the surgery every function in my body shut down except my lungs. I went into a coma for 4 months. I was put on a res[pirator, had a trachea placed, some 18 IV bags, swelled up and had to be put on dialysis and taken back into surgery 4 more times because they thought I had a 'bleed'; which I did not. Five life saving procedures were warranted and remarkably, I survived. While in the coma I lost 150 pounds, but I also lost all the muscles in my back, stomach and legs; I could not walk. it took another two months after I 'woke' to learn to walk again. I remember nothing during the 4 months I was in the coma. I left the rehab hospital with a walker in August 2007. By October I graduated to a cane with a leg brace (I was dragging my right foot). Presently, I don't use any aid to walk. Now to my question.
I was healing after I left the hospital, but I was not getting stronger. A blood test revealed my testosterone was very low. I was first put on patches that did little or nothing to help. Then I was given testosterone injections, 150 miligrams every three weeks. Within a couple of months I began to build muscle, it was easier to climb steps and I noticed muscle growth in my arms and legs. It has been two years now since the injections started and I go to the gym 4 days a week for strength training. My wife read about progesterone creme and read it was beneficial for men as well as it 'regulated' a man's testosterone. But, everything I read on your site is really targeted for women. What about us guys?
What I didn't mention was, after the ordeal I could not obtain an erection. I guess that is not that unusual for a man my age. But, at times, during the night I do get an erection, just can't make that happen when I WANT it to! Can progesterone, used on a daily basis help with this problem? Viagra, Cialis and Lavetra help, but not enough starch for penetration. Some of my doctors seem to think that I should be grateful I'm alive and not worry about such smaller matters as an erection! On the contrary, I choose to explore any and all treatment that can help. If I thought I was a candidate for an implant I would explore that. But the fact I can acheive an erection leads me to believe my problem is more medical or mental in nature which continues to keep me searching. My wife and I have always had a good love life, we are best friends and are candid and honest and she is so gracious and loving and understanding that we have continued to enjoy our intimacy even with my problem. Needless to say, that part of a man's life is very important to him, but just as important is my desire to please and satify my wife the way I had always done in the past. Can progesterone, HRT, help in my quest? How often and how much do you think would be necessary?
Your answers to the many the questions I have read from your users leads me to believe you're honest, and concered, and I appreciate that very much. I look forward to your reply.