I am still trying to determine the cause of my low testosterone. Doctors says I need an MRI, but that will not determine the cause of my hypogonadism. I want to do a clomid or HCG stimulation test which is unknown to the doctors I have talked to. They just want to prescribe me testosterone and be done with me. Anyone know any doctors in Colorado who are knowledgeable on this subject?
An MRI? Who are these people? Sounds like someone is just trying to get you to shell out for expensive tests. Hey, if the docs you know aren't educated enough to tackle your specific problem--and many aren't--then you just need to keep looking until you find some that are. Or better yet, do it yourself. I had severe thyroid issues once, caused by stress, and the physicians I encountered were so unfamiliar with the subject that I ended up spending most of my time in their examination rooms filling them in on the medical field's latest discoveries. In the end, they just wanted to plug me full of drugs, not actually find the cause. I ended up curing myself.
You're right about the knee-jerk prescription of testosterone. That technique is applied to pretty much everything hormonal. Rather than help you get back into balance, they'd rather just inject what's missing and call it done. Same thing for insulin. So many people could be helped quickly and easily by doing a little research into their lifestyles and health history but it's quicker, easier, and let's face it, a much higher profit for the drug companies, for doctors to just tell patients to inject a generic form of insulin for the rest of their lives. It actually causes diabetes to worsen because the body looses its ability to produce it's own insulin or even to respond to the signals that it needs it. And the drug companies get richer.
If you are serious about figuring out this testosterone thing yourself, I recommend starting by researching all things that cause the body to stop releasing it, stop identifying it when it is released, or stop absorbing it. You may not even need to do any tests. A simple mineral to try is magnesium, which is responsible for so many processes in the human body, it boggles the mind. There's a lot of research out there but you have to hunt for it because the medical industry isn't interested in funding any solution that a drug company can't trademark. After all, you can get magnesium at any health food store.
The dirty trick on vegans is that, although magnesium does occur in fruits and veggies, there's a lot less of it in those sources than there used to be. Once depleted from the soil in farms and orchards, it has to be added back manually via fertilizers--and fertilizers typically do not contain magnesium. A stalk of broccoli today in the supermarket is a lot less nutritious than a stalk you could have had in the 50's. The end result being that you can stuff yourself with organic, "magnesium-rich" plants and still not get enough. Plus, if your body is under any form of stress (like bodybuilding or dealing with low hormone levels), you need even more magnesium because magnesium is specifically used for stress management.
Get yourself a small bottle of magnesium supplements (without calcium) and try it for a few weeks to a month between meals. Here's a decent how-to article: http://www.medhelp.org/posts/Heart-Rhyt ... ow/1002415
I take around 1200 - 1725 mg a day with no side effects and it's done wonders for me. Find one of those labs where you can get blood tests done on things without a doctor's order and monitor your testosterone before and after. Don't worry, you'll figure this out.
Here's some articles....http://www.fitnessandpower.com/bodybuil ... deficiency
This guy talks about magnesium towards the end of his article: http://www.mikemahler.com/online-librar ... ogens.htmlhttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20352370http://www.ergo-log.com/magnesiumtest.htmlhttps://dangerandplay.wordpress.com/201 ... tosterone/http://www.livestrong.com/article/54010 ... rone-zinc/http://www.charlespoliquin.com/Articles ... neral.aspx
Here's a fantastic book, available at many libraries: http://www.amazon.com/Transdermal-Magne ... 0978799119