Here are my stats:
-waist: 44" (below gut)
-describe body and facial hair: Sparse hair all over, facial hair is very light and effectively stops growing after ~2 weeks.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed: Lower belly, chest, love handles. No change over time, just less/more in proportion.
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever: None, just fish oil less than I should
-lab results with ranges:
Total T - 2.69 ng/mL [2.41-8.27]
-describe diet: Generally lean meats with complex carbs, roughly 3:2 calories from protein:carb when I prepare my own meals. I’ve done V-Diets but never a “starvation” diet.
-describe training: 3x per week, mix of strength and volume (depending on muscle/injuries) with ~25 mins of high incline walking. Martial arts 2-ish times per month.
-testes ache, ever, with a fever: No. My testes seem pretty normally sized, overall.
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: They haven’t changed to my knowledge, but I generally get less than 1 per week.
-health conditions, symptoms:
Low libido. I often think of sexy scenarios/things and get erections from them but have almost zero desire to act on them. When I do, it’s more “pushing” myself to do them for the sake of my relationships than a natural flow of idea and acting.
I have infrequent troubles getting erections, but can usually overcome that by using porn as a sort of “solo foreplay”. After that, maintaining an erection can be difficult, and I will often have noticeably different (to me, at least) levels of hardness. These problems occur both with and without a condom.
I have a pretty ridiculously hard time gaining muscle or losing fat. V-Diets and other “sprint” diets are the only things that work. Even when I’ve spent 3 weeks carefully portioning every meal in advance and eating ~1,800 calories per day with 3x per week gym, I would lose almost nothing. Even strength gains come at a much slower rate than they should… I’ve been unable to advance on Month 2 of 5/3/1 in one of the more tangible examples.
Trouble concentrating, but I also have diagnosed ADHD so take that with a grain of salt.
Mood tends towards a malaise sort of feeling a majority of the time. Depression has crossed my mind as an explanation of it. Given my sometimes wide swings from malaise to hyper and happy, mild bipolar has occurred to me (bipolar runs in my family). This diagnosis has always seemed “off” to me because I don’t have real DEPRESSED moods or moments, just “blah”.
General puffiness of my man-boobs. I’m a large A/small B based on the last time I dressed up for Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Where I am now:
This past December, I asked my Doctor about checking my T levels, citing low libido for insurance purposes and the fact that I’m a lifter/martial artist as reasons for being curious. She ended up only ordering me the Total Test check, and I came in at 2.69 ng/mL on a [2.41-8.27]. I know that I’m woefully lacking in scientific information at the moment, and that’s where I’m coming from right now. I’m not even remotely prone to hypochondria, but after I got the result of 2.69 ng/mL (got that in March, I had issues getting the results at first) I sort of started to see that there may be a giraffe in this connect the dots picture. Maybe it’s a giraffe, maybe it’s a zebra, but I’d like to get onto a track of figuring it out for sure. I’m going to try to get an appointment with my Doctor within the next week to try to get more blood work done as well as clearly lay out what we’re doing.
I got a CBC in December as well as a Comprehensive Metabolic Panel and can post those full results if they would help.
From reading through other posts, the frequent suggestions make it seem like my “dream” list of tests would be:
Is there anything I’m missing? What’s a good game plan to start getting to the bottom of this? Any help is greatly appreciated.