I’ve read all the stickies so I’ll try to include everything that could be pertinent in an objective way
8 months ago - It all started with sexual dysfunction (including loss of sensitivity), extreme fatigue, tingling sensation in my hands and feet, blood pressure problems, constipation, extreme brain-fog. I’m been on a research frenzy to determining if this is a androgen deficiency or problems related to thyroid, adrenals, pituitary, prostate, liver etc. Right now, all I have is my labs and experimentation with different treatments. Doctors have been of little use. So bring on the stats, symptoms and bloodwork:
HAIR: A lot of body hair, enough facial hair to grow a beard
FAT: never had any, now all around waist and thighs
TESTES ACHE: recently since trying GH, Tongkat Ali, etc.
MORNING WOOD: HavenÃ?Â¢??t had these since I can remember
DIET: Healthy mix of protein carbs and fat - love the sweet stuff but keep it under control.
-Social Withdrawal (really donÃ?Â¢??t feel like going out tonight)
-Really Excessive Sweating (especially after exercise)
-Exercise intolerance (feeling too tired after exercise, blood pressure drop?)
-No Libido, Hard to maintain EQ
-Serious muscle mass loss
-Dark bags under eyes
-Neck temporarily increase in thickness then gone (goiter?)
-Sexual Dysfunction immediately after certain drugs (loss of sensation, maybe blood flow)
-Lack of restorative sleep
Leucocytes 5,1 giga/l (4 -10)
HÃ??Ã?Â©maties 5,71 tera/l (4,5 - 6,5)
Hemoglobine 15,5 g/dl (13 - 17)
Hematocrite 45,3 % (40 - 54)
VGM 96,2 um3 (80 - 100)
TGMH 32,9 pg (27 - 32)
CGMH 34,2 g/dl (30 - 35)
Cholesterol 5,88 mmol/l (<5,20)
Triglycerides 1,84 mmol/l (<2,26)
Cholesterol HDL 1,16 mmol/l (>1,45)
Creatinine 92 Ã??Ã?Â¼mol/l (59-104)
Iron 21,60 Ã??Ã?Â¼mol/l (5,83 - 34,50)
Transferrine 2,63 g/l (2 - 3,6)
C-Reactie Protein <3,0 mg/l (<5,0)
Ferritin 76 ng/ml (30 - 400)
Free T4 15,46 ng/dl (0,94-1,72)
TSH 2,49 Ã??Ã?Â¼UI/ml (0.27-4.20)
LH 6,0 mUI/ml (1,7 - 8,6)
Prolactin 12 ng/ml (4 -15)
Cortisol 87 ng/ml (62 - 194)*
Calcium 96.4 mg/l (86 - 100)
Phosphore 49,29 mg/l (25 - 44)
Magnesium 21,14 mg/l (16 - 24)
Vitamin D (D2+D3) 27 ng/ml LOW
Testosterone 634 nmol/l (350 -1100)*
*Doctor thought cortisol was kind of low for AM - DHEA 25mg
*Doctor thought test was too low for my age - DHEA 25mg
=improved my EQ but after a while It started stealing away the already little supply of motivation, energy, I had (T -> E2?)
FSH 8 IU/L (1.4 - 18 )
LH 6.4 IU/L (1-5 - 9.3 )
E2 36.8 pg/ml (11 - 41)
T 577.5 ng /dl (350 -1100)
Free T 489 ng/dl (259-1000)
GH <0.05 L ug/l (0.5 - 4.7 )*
Cortisol 8am blood 930.4 nmol/l (171.00 - 536.00 )*
ACTH 45.7 ng/L (7.2 - 63.3)
IGF-1 267 ng/ml (116-358)
*a cortisol suppression test was done the same week= resulted negative for cushiness syndrome.
*According to doctor GH was abnormally low. We decided to try a month of GH therapy since it addresses same symptoms (helped energy and mental - libido worsened- maybe affected next labs)
TSH 1.461 mU/L (0.550-4.780)
T3 1.07 nmol/l (0.9 - 2.79)
T4 78 nmol/l (58 - 151)
FT4 12.93 pmol/l (9 - 20)
FT3 5.14 pmol/l (2.30 - 6.40)
FSH 6.77 IU/L (1.40 -18.10)
LH 4.41 IU/L (1.50-9.30)
Estradiol 28.4 pg/ml (11.4-41.1)
Testosterone 370 pg/ml (230 - 806)*
Na,Sodium 141 nmol/l (133 - 146)
K, Potassium 4.1 mmol/l (3.5 - 5.1)
CL, chloride 104 nmol/l (98 -107)
CO2, carbon dioxide 27 nmol/L (nmol/l)
bUN/Urea Nitrogen 6.8 nmol/l (2.1 - 7.1)
Cr, Creatinine 91 umol/L (55 - 155)
Glucose, Fasting 5.5 nmol/L (3.9 - 5.6)
Ca, Calcium 2.43 nmol/L (2.20 - 2.50)
*after this low test result doctor prescribed Andriol (oral test) 40mg and Chinese herbal concoction.
DHEA (often used for "adrenal fatigueÃ?Â¢??) - helped with some of my sexual side-effects in the beginning. but killed little motivation and ambition I had.
SAINT JOHNS WORT - had to discontinue because immediately worsens sexual dysfunction. (known supplement to help treat hypo HPA)
EURYCOMA LONGIFOLIA -Tried one week after my growth hormone cycle. brought some energy but immediately worsened sexual dysfunction (known supplement test booster)
GROWTH HORMONE - Tried for a month and although gave me much more energy drove my libido (and apparently a lot of my lab values) down.
ANDRIOL - Took for a week and stopped. Did not seem to improve libido aspect and brought on increased lethargy, apathy, etc (High Aromatization?)
RACETAMS - I only used them for one month before my health crash and loved them. now an hour after I take them I receive a numbing sexual dysfunction (too wired - excitocicity?).
LIVER&SCROTUM ULTRASOUND- Liver to rule out any issues that might be causing the high e2. scrotum to rule out any testicular atrophy (TRT required?)
TAURINE SUPPLEMENTATION - Combination of Phenibut and RacetamÃ?Â¢??s (although taken separately)could have caused an neurotransmitter imbalance that leads to excitoxicity.
TEMPERATURE TEST - taking temperature upon wake-up to gauge thyroid function.
TEST FOR ZINC DEFECIECNY - low Zinc might explain aromatization from T to E3. Low Zinc also could cause increase prolactin since itÃ?Â¢??s absence would increase re-uptake of dopamine which has an inverse correlation with prolactin.
ANY SUGGESTIONS ?
Growing up, I had a couple of girlfriends. I never did seem to have the sex-drive I saw in others. Some might say I was a late bloomer and the few relationships I ended up in were most often a result of serendipity rather than my own pursuit. Always more interested in hanging out with my friends. That said, I took pride in my bedroom performance. For this purpose I always used libido enhancing sups and pde5 inhibitors.
Always super sporty. Soccer in my early adolescence and after that I started hitting the gym. These last 2 or 3 years I started increasing the intensity, hour-long jogs and HIIT on my TRX 3 to 4 times a week. fit as a fiddle almost no body fat % and good figure.
Full-disclosure: iÃ?Â¢??m no saint. During me teen years I used Accutane to get rid of Acne, Enjoyed exploring every now a then some recreational substances, but was always precautions. When I hit my early 20Ã?Â¢??s I noticed the beginning of hairloss and a genetic test showed that I carried MPB genetic predisposition. I started doing minoxidil (rogaine) but stayed away from propecia and fina after heeding warnings from many forums of the sides. During this time I would sometimes use Tramadol for pain.
In the last six months before my health-crash I was experimenting with some nootropics including piracetam, noopept, choline and phenibut (separately). Some of these for an extra edge mentally, some to aid in increasing libido. It is important to note that the reason I turned to these was to address the fact that my libido was almost nonexistent for as long as I can remember and that I was feeling more and more socially withdrawn.