I have had many patients in the Johnson City and Kingsport area ask me this week, “What are some things that can cause your testosterone to be low?” There are actually a whole myriad of things that may lessen T levels in men: STRESS is a major cause. Whether it is work stress, marital stress, Christmas stress…stress increases cortisol, which greatly reduces testosterone.
Another cause of low T is CHRONIC PAIN and the medications used to treat pain such as narcotics. Any man who takes opiates or other pain meds (oxycodone, morphine, hydrocodone, methadone, etc.) should have their testosterone levels evaluated. The pain itself lowers T, then the meds lower T even further….leading to symptoms such as anxiety, depression, abdominal fat, low energy, problems falling asleep and staying asleep, low libido, difficulty achieving and maintaining erections, and difficulty concentrating. Treating the low T not only improves all of the above, it actually helps lessen pain and improves bone density and strength. The results are LIFE CHANGING.
It doesn’t take long to notice the results of testosterone therapy. Most patients start sleeping better within a couple weeks, then within 5-6 weeks the majority of patients realize dramatic improvements in energy, mood, strength, libido, and overall health. Anyone with questions should feel free to call the office or email us. We provide care to men in Johnson City, Kingsport, Elizabethton, Bristol, and the surrounding TRI-CITIES area.