I'm a 26 year old male who just got a blood test done because of symptoms related to stress/anxiety (I've had panic disorder for five years and depression on and off - currently take 37.5 mg of Effexor)
I think the blood test was ordered because of how strange my symptoms seemed. I had sweating (hyperhydrosis) chills, hot flashes, etc. that would just come out of nowhere. The doc I think suspected low test and high estrogen or maybe a thyroid issue...
In any case, the test came back "normal". They tested a few different hormones (I don't remember all of them -I was in a hurry so I didn't get much info from the nurse who called) but I was most curious about my T-levels.
Test levels (total): 519ng/dl (range 200-800)
How "healthy" is this level really? (note: the test was done in the afternoon and I felt like crap physically when I got the blood draw)
I hear a lot that 800-900ng/dl is more ideal for someone my age?
(Sidenote: I had a full endocrine panel done this past February because of similar symptoms:
Total test was 751 ng/dl (range 300-1000ng/dl)
Free test was 153 (don't remember the measurement units but the ceiling for this was 155 so it was quite high)
Everything else was normal, although vitamin D was a little low (29)
Are my levels lower than they were before or not really because of the differing ranges for each test?
5'8" 185# probably around 10% bf, maybe leaner...
I would say my strength levels are respectable even by T-Nation standards...
Energy is OK. Sex drive is Ok (normally I am VERY horny 24/7 but the dose of effexor I am taking is affecting my libido a bit I would say)
Diet is moderately healthy, never super strict..
My concern may be unnecessary, but I appreciate any feedback as the docs tend not to really divulge too much info that is actually USEFUL (not to mention pdocs don't ever seem too think of HRT as a viable option)