So I’ve been suffering from depression ever since the start of high school, which was also my start of puberty, and I have forgotten what fun, excitement, pleasure, and anything that feels good is like.
My doctor told me I have depression. I asked him to do a blood test for my hormones and he said that an imbalance doesn’t cause depression. I insisted that he do one regardless and I told him I have low libido so it could be low testosterone. He was reluctant at first but then agreed to test for total testosterone, free testosterone and prolactin. Didn’t even bother to test for LH, FSH, and estradiol.
Here are the results:
Creatine Kinase (CK): 72 U/L (Reference range: 40 - 280)
Testosterone: 13.3 nmol/L (Reference range: 8.4 - 28.7)
Testosterone-Free: 22.8 pmol/L (Reference range: 21.0 - 103.0)
Thyrotropin (Sensitive TSH): 1.32 mIU/L (Reference range: 0.35 - 5.00)
Ferritin: 77 ug/L (Reference: 22 - 322)
Total Prolactin: 8 ug/L (Reference: 2 - 18)
My total testosterone in ng/dl is 383 while my free testosterone is 0.7 ng/dl.
My free testosterone is 0.002% of total testosterone. My doctor said everything looked fine. Ho w is having 0.002% free testosterone considered fine? Just reading that number depresses me.
I’m now doing interval training on the treadmill which I read increases testosterone and growth hormone release. I plan on getting a gym membership so I can start lifting, but other than that what should I do to increase my testosterone?
-Height: 5’ 7’’
-Waist: Don’t know, I don’t have that tape measure thing.
-Weight: 56 kg or 123.459 lbs
-Body and facial hair: Very little to almost none. Only a few hairs are visible when not magnified.
-Where I carry fat: I carry fat on my belly and a little on my buttocks. I have always carried fat this way. Even before puberty.
-Health conditions, symptoms [history]: Diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder
Absolutely no libido.
Lack of pleasure from everything (games, movies, social interaction, food, etc.)
Lack of motivation/drive
Lack of attention and concentration
Poor beard growth
Poor male facial structures
Low muscle mass
Trouble losing fat
Soft and small testes
Wide hips (not fat, but bone)
Poor recovery after exercising (I don’t even lift though)
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever:
- Life Extension Two-per-day Multivitamin
- Vitamin D3 5000 IU every week day (I skip the weekends)
- Now Foods Maca root extract (1000 mg) every week day. Gives me a little energy.
-lab results with ranges
-describe diet [some create substantial damage with starvation diets]
-Training: I do Interval Training on the treadmill 3 times a week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday. The time I train is anywhere from 7 pm to 9:30 pm. I only do 30 minutes at once though.
-testes ache, ever, with a fever?: Not really.
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: Decreased substantially compared to the early days of puberty. Morning wood is soft and goes away almost immediately after I wake up.