Wanted to update this here to group statistics up for simplicity and viewing.
Total Test 380 (250-1100)
Free Test 58.5 (35-155)
TSH .75 (.36-3.74)
T3 Free 3.4 (2.18-3.98)
T4 Free 1.0 (.8-1.5)
Shortly before bed 9:00 PM - 97.0 F
Morning 10 minutes after getting up and moving about - 4:15AM - 94.8 F
Afternoon return from work at 4:00 PM - 96.5 F
Body temp seems to be consistently low.
I read through the thyroid sticky and if I understood it correctly; it seems that my TSH is on the low side and seeing that T3 Free is on the higher side of the range it seems more TSH would allow my body to utilize more of my free T3 to regulate my metabolism and body temperature.
Hi guys, I am sure you get a million of these threads, but I am not very familiar with test lingo and I want to make sure I do the right things if I need to work with my doctor.
Here is the TLDR version of this thread
Short story is I am 26, and I went to get my blood work done on the morning during which I should have been at my peak testosterone level for the day.
Here are my results
Total 380 (Range 250-1100)
Free 58.5 (Range 35-155)
What steps should I take from here to get this resolved. What should I request from my PCP? What lifestyle changes can I make?
I recently had to have some blood work done and requested to get my test levels done while I was at it. I wasn’t really surprised at my results and a lot of my concerns I had that I could have a low test level were true.
When I was a teenager I hit puberty very late, have smaller than average bone structure, and have never been very competitive or aggressive. I also feel lethargic all the time, and my memory has never been great. Both of these symptoms have gotten worse over the past year. I was never all that confident in myself. I don’t really have problems with ED but recently I had an attractive girl in bed and was unable to consummate with her, more so because of performance anxiety than ED but I’m assuming that can still be a result of having such a low test level for my age.
I went through a really bad depression last year due to some unfortunate circumstances, which I am unsure of whether or not that could affect my test levels. I decided I wanted to make a change and started exercising and trying to eat better. I was pretty dedicated, ate about 3,800 calories a day and lifted three days a week for one to two hour sessions. I have been on a break for a bit now due to shoulder pains, but am still healthy. I work construction and am active at work, I usually get from 14,000-20,000 steps in per day.
I have always had smaller muscles and been generally skinny, but pretty lean. I started lifting at 155lb and over the course of a year was able to get around 175, some of which was muscle and probably a fair portion was fat. For a year of dedicated training I wasn’t seeing results like others see within that time frame.
I got my test results in the morning when I should have been at my peak T level and it comes back with these results.
What are some questions and possible requests I should ask my doctor? I am really sick of feeling lethargic and having “brain fog” as well as not liking the amount of muscle I can put on with hard work and being unable to do anything about it. Seeing these results makes everything make sense.
What lifestyle changes do you guys recommend making before seeking out TRT and what do you recommend speaking to and requesting from my PCP?