New labs came in, results are as follows:
Glucose: 85 [65 - 99]
Total Cholesterol: 149 [100 - 199]
HDL Cholesterol: 57 [>39]
LDL Cholesterol: 82 [0 - 99]
VLDL Cholesterol: 10 [5 - 40]
Triglycerides: 51 [0 - 149]
Total Testosterone: 471 [249 - 836]
Free Testosterone: 10.1 [9.3 - 26.5]
DHEA-S: 337.3 [160 - 449]
Estradiol: 16.5 [7.6 - 42.6]
SHBG: 50.5 [14.5 - 48.4]
Pregnenolone: 247 [<151]
Progesterone: 1.4 [0.2 - 1.4]
Vitamin D3: 90.6 [32 - 100]]
TSH: 1.23 [0.45 - 4.5]
FT4: 1.17 [.82 - 1.77]
FT3: 3.8 [2.0 - 4.4]
rT3: 205 [90 - 350]
rt3 ratio: 18.5 [>20]
The above is the result of the following protocol for the past 6 weeks, or so:
1.5gr Nature-throid (1gr in the morning, .5gr in the evening)
Vitamin D3 5000IU + 1mg iodine
Huge improvement in the cholesterol category since the last time I had it looked at. It's actually looking like my cholesterol might be TOO LOW... but I just started working lots of red meat back into my diet so I'm gonna wait to see where that goes.
The 100mg preg is paying off: I don't have trouble getting up in the mornings (STILL not a morning person, but not overwhelmingly fatigued) and don't crash in the evenings, either. I was worried about oral supplementation since the wisdom on Crisler's board is that it is worthless for just about everyone. Maybe I just got lucky, but we can see that the increased preg has flown nicely to increased progesterone (don't want prog getting any higher, I think) and, given the relief of some symptoms, has made its way to cortisol.
I can probably get away with 50mg pregnenolone, but I'll leave as is for the time being since I haven't noticed anything negative.
Thyroid numbers are looking decent, I think, despite the still-high rT3. I'm going to see if I can't throw in some more selenium (only at 200mcg/day now) to get that down a little. FT3 is looking nice, though, and I've read an article on Crisler's site that raises the question of whether or not rT3 actually "clogs" the receptors, so I'm not sure how much it might really help things.
Really, my only main concern is the FT, TT and SHBG (the rest are just small tweaks). I was working under chilln's theory that, given my age, balancing adrenals and thyroid will lead to a boost in my T. Doesn't appear to be working -- both test values are at their lowest measured yet.
Will probably get LH/FSH measured to see what's going on there. This is an area I haven't done much thinking on since I had bought into the theory that it would sort itself out as things progressed, so I'll need to crack a few books open. Any thoughts here would be much appreciated.
Definitely wishing I had SHBG measured last December when my FT was at 22.8... which was decent despite the high estradiol I was sporting at the time (glad E2 is managing itself without the need for an AI now, at least).