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    SuperDuty04 ArboristSite Operative

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    Getting older sucks! It seems like my body constantly aches, continuous issues with my back, energy levels suck. When you work extremely hard one day, you feel it for days on end. It's becoming difficult to deal with.

    A few years ago I was diagnosed with low testosterone, very low testosterone. This is a naturally occurring issue for us men as we age.

    I started testosterone replacement therapy and actually had a doc that believed men should be at the high "T" levels and not just within range. So, he brought my levels up to around 1400. It was a night and day difference on how I felt!! I dropped probably 20lbs and had gobs energy. It literally made me feel so strong to the point I had to exercise my muscles because they craved the attention, the abuse I could give them. It did cause aggression as well. But overall it was the best thing I had ever given my body. I looked and felt like I was 20 again! However, it was extremely expensive and I was paying out of pocket, so I didn't stick with it.

    It's been on my mind a lot lately how crappy I feel all the time so I've made the decision to start testosterone therapy again.

    If you're feeling this way then I'd urge you do some research on low testosterone. It can change your life.
     
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    testosterone levels vary a lot day to day. even during the day it can go very high. testing over a long time is important.
     
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    I’d probably need to overdose myself with it. Recliner “therapy” is too addictive.
     
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    If they varied that greatly then why is it an acceptable method for doctors to do a blood test one time and then immediately determine you're low and put you on treatment? If what you say is fact, wouldn't these doctors know this and require multiple tests so they can make an accurate diagnosis? I've seen 4 different hormone specialist and all performed the testing the exact same way.


    And why would my testosterone levels be so perfectly close each time I went in for my monthly blood checks?

    And if my tests were so scewed, why would I have felt worlds difference once all these tests showed my levels were finally where they needed to be?

    Are you just repeating what you read at some point or do you have real world experience?

    At any rate, I've had multiple baseline T tests and all were very close together. I can't remember what times of the day they were but I'm sure it varied greatly.
     
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    I wish my mind would allow me to have recliner therapy. I'd give anything if my mind would let me have just one single day of doing nothing.
     
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    I can dead lift heavy rounds much longer before my back starts hurting, but I can lean over the kitchen sink and wash dishes and in ten min my back is killing me. I think it's because lifting rounds gives me more range of movement, where leaning over the sink I'm stuck in the same possession and little to no range of movement.
     
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    Sounds to me like a good excuse to the wifey on getting out of washing dishes! Haha
     
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    Well I'm single so thats not it.
     
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    Paper plates and Solo cups.
     
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    It also happens when I lean over the parts washing wash tub. Or when I sit still in one spot like on a long drive. It also happens when I lean under the hood of a car or truck while I'm working under the hood.
    Leaning over at an angle without any range of movement and staying fixed in one spot seems to make my back to start hurting and locking up. Same if I'm leaning over a work bench for very long without moving around. It even happens when I sit it front and lean over the desk while typing. It's something to do with staying leaned over in a fixed position.
     
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    I hear ya. I have all those same issues and then some. With the sciatica I've got going on due to a badly herniated S1 disk, bending over can cause me such severe pain at times it's almost unbearable. Sitting or laying down is even worse. 3 months ago I couldn't even drive my truck or sleep on my back or sides.
    The worst for me is I spend almost every day working on tall ladders and lifting my right leg creates so much pain it'll take your breath away. And now my employer is asking me to take a promotion to travel around the country training other techs on new installs. So that means installs every week after week, living on a ladder full time.
    Little do they know, I'll be quitting in March. I only took the job to have something to do for the winter while my business is slow.
     
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    I hardly ever get more the 4 hours of sleep without my back hurting so much I have to get up and move around a bit. Even if I take pain mad at night because it starts wearing off after about 4 hours. What I need is my doc to give me a time released pain med that will last 8 hours. I have dislocated both shoulders 3 times and broke my back in an auto wreck 40 years ago. I actually had less trouble when I raced motocross. The intense physical exorcise and constant range of movement made me stronger. But I'm retired from racing and I don't get that intense workout anymore.
     
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    Sitting on a hard bench is hard on my back, and it's even worse if there is no back rest. Sitting on the tailgate of my truck will do it as well. I need something to lean back on.
     
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    In fact thats why I get up in the middle of the night and come and get on the PC for a little while. I'm about to get off the internet and try going back to bed because I've been sitting here about an hour now and my back is starting to hurt.
     
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    In fact I like doing dishes because it's one of the few times my hands get really deep clean. Keeping my hands in hot soapy water with a soap that is a de greaser is the only way to get the grease stains from the deep cracks of my old leathery hands.
    But if my hands are really grimy with dirty grease from working on something like a motor. I use a little clean motor oil to break up the dark grease deep in my old leathery hands, then wash with soap. It actually works better the just soap and water alone.
    That orange hand cleaner that has a sandy grit in it will do a good job getting the dirt out of those deep cracks in my hands.
    The cracks get so deep and my skin on my fingers splits and bleeds and hurts, so I use supper glue to glue the cracks shut. It actually works great. The reason the cracks hurt is the skin is tearing open and that what causes the pain. The supper glues, glues the skin instantly and stops the skin form tearing open and it stops the pain.
     
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    Yeah I agree about the pain meds. There needs to be something that lasts longer because I've had the same issue, skeep 3 hours and then wake up moaning because the pain is back in full force.

    And funny you say that about the dishes because that's the exact thing I like about doing dishes too. I have dish duty in ny home. My wife takes care of all the other inhouse chores including washing, hanging, and folding all my clothes so washing dishes is the least I can do for her. She doesn't like dish washers because she says they don't get things clean. So i do them by hand.
    My hands are always so chapped tho with split fingertips and stuff. Washing dishes gets them good and clean but doesn't help at all with chapping.
     
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    I just got word that they accepted my turning down the promotion (or what they feel to be s promotion). So now I'll be able to do just service work and not installs on a regular basis. That makes my day. Although, they certainly didn't seem happy in the email I got. Oh well. Constant installs is a young man's game. I just got my 22 yo son in law on with my company and he's been my helper the past few weeks. He'd be the perfect guy fir them to train to travel around and do these Installs.
     
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    If by chapping you mean your fingers split open, try the supper glue trick. It really works like magic. I use just enough to glue the crack shut and wipe the excess off. It will leave a hard spot like a callas but it stops the splitting and the pain and makes the splits heal up. And it doesn't sting or burn at all. Just wash your hands clean first and let them dry then apply the glue and squeeze the crack shut for a few seconds.
     
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    I'll give that a try. Thanks!!
     
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