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OK, so I recently went to the doctor as I was experiencing some fairly rapid weight gain and a bit of a lower sex drive. I'm a 28 year old male and never had an issue in the sex department up until this point.
After running 2 separate rounds of blood work, the doctor told me that my uric acid was fairly high and that I had gout and low testosterone. I started treatment for both within the past week (Allopurinol and Androderm), and my sex drive has gone from low to literally non existent. Up until I started treatment, I was still able to function, I just wasn't as in the mood. Now, I am not only not in the mood at all, but I literally cannot function sexually.
I have been extremely frustrated and now I'm beginning to get paranoid as well. I never really had "gout attacks" before other than some ankle pain once in a while from an old hockey injury and a knee that bothers me sometimes if I sit too long in the same position. I've asked my doctor if she was sure it was gout and that she was sure it wasn't anything else or a precursor to anything else and she assured me it wasn't, but I can't help feeling as though something is missing here.
Perhaps I am being paranoid, but I also am beginning to get very frustrated and upset that I cannot function. My doctor also told me that loss of sex drive/function is not a side effect on Allopurinol, but after doing some research online, I have noticed that other people have had similar problems.
I am way too young to have this issue and it is killing every ounce of confidence I have left in my body. This is not fair to me or my wife, who has been very understanding about this so far.
I guess I just want to know if anyone else has been in this position taking this medication, and if it gets better? If not, what can I do to fix this? Will this be permanent even if I stop taking the Allopurinol? I simply cannot deal with this issue long term.
I have told my doctor about this and she simply told me to give the low testosterone some time to "kick in", but it has been days since that conversation and I still don't feel even remotely better.
I am desperate, I don't know what else to do. It is beginning to drive me insane.
Somebody please tell me this will get better.
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