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Testosterone and bipolar redux

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • December 1, 2010
  • 02:35 AM

As I read over a thread from 2008 about the misdiagnosis of bipolar disorder that turnedd out to be loww testosterone levels, I am curious to hear how things turned out in the long run. I have an actual case of bipolar disorder and I know this because I have responded to various meds quite well and done poorly when off of them. I have been in and out of mental hospitals for breakdowns that often involve a suicide attempt. I started to fell better with lamictal until my immune system took a dive and I almost died of pneumonia. I've had dozens of "specialists" trying to find what is wrong with me and we found low testosterone levels, low IgG levels and low cortisol levels. My immunologist suggested that the Lamictal has shown some indications in studies to have an effect on IgG (gammaglobulin) levels. The treatments for all these conditions are horrible (except the T-gel it is just a sticky mess). The prednisone is causing extremes in my psyche that I am beginning to become alarmed about and the gammaglobulin treatments send me into a severe depression and have started anaphylaxis reactions several times. I feel like dying and ending the misery because there is no long term answer. The testosterone therapy will help, but it isn't the cure. Don't get all worked up about it... you probably still are bipolar.

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