Hi, everyone. I’m completely new to these forums and am looking for any advice and/or guidance you might have, since you all seem to know your stuff! Here’s my data, with some additional info. at the end:
Waist: Measured around my navel, it’s 37". I wear 32-33" waist pants (which I do not pull up to my navel!). This fluctuates, and is higher than usual right now, because I am just finishing up a bulk.
Weight/Bodyfat: 202 lbs. This is also higher than usual because of the bulk; I probably average around 185. Bodyfat around 18% (time to cut!).
Body and Facial Hair: Pretty hairy legs; average chest hair/arm hair; hair on my head is just fine; a little bit of hair on lower back. Facial hair is a bit patchy and thin; I can’t grow a decent beard.
Fat Storage: I seem to store most of my fat around my midsection, and I look a bit flabby there. I haven’t had any weight problems, though.
-Depression/Anxiety (had it for years, and also have a family history; now treated with Zoloft (see below))
-Fatigue; tired all the time
-Care about almost nothing
-Libido is shot
-Muscle gains are extremely difficult to make; fat gains are pretty easy (I have been training seriously for over 2 years and I definitely do not look like it, despite training smartly and eating right)
-Erections are sometimes kind of weak
Drugs: Zoloft (200 mg/day, been on it for years). No prostate or hair loss drugs ever.
Labs (I’ve bolded the ones out of range or that concern me):
-Total Testosterone 253 ng/dL (Range: 348 - 1197)
-Free Testosterone 9.0 pg/mL (Range: 8.7 - 25.1)
-LH 4.0 mIU/mL (Range: 1.7 - 8.6)
-FSH 1.5 mIU/mL (Range: 1.5 - 12.4)
-Prolactin 10.9 ng/mL (Range: 4.0 - 15.2)
-TSH 2.620 uIU/mL (Range: 0.450 - 4.5)
-Vit-D25 25.6 ng/ML (Range: 30.0 - 100.0)
-Total Cholesterol 191 mg/dL (Range: 100 - 199)
-Triglycerides 103 mg/dL (Range: 0 - 149)
-HDL Cholesterol 46 mg/dL (Range: >39)
-LDL Cholesterol 124 mg/dL (Range: 0 - 99)
-VLDL Cholesterol 21 mg/dL (Range: 5 - 40)
-Albumin 4.5 g/dL (Range: 3.5 - 5.5)
-Glucose 91 mg/dL (Range: 65 - 99)
-Hemoglobin 15.1 g/dL (Range: 12.6 - 17.7)
-Hematocrit 42.9% (Range: 37.5 - 51.0)
-Ferritin 54 ng/mL (Range: 30 - 400)
-Don’t have labs for SHBG, E2, DHT, or PSA
-Had a DRE within the last year and a half or so and all was fine
-Had a testicular ultrasound and all was fine
-Blood pressure was something like 114/67 when last checked; it used to be higher than this, but it has lowered with exercise.
Supplements: Whey Protein (1-2 scoops a day), Fish Oil, Creatine (5 mg/day)
Diet: Currently bulking at around 3900-4000 calories. 200-250g protein, 90-130g fat, 400-500g carbs. Intending to cut soon. If it matters, I try to eat healthy; most of my fats come from sources like nuts, olive oil, fish, most of my carbs are high fiber/whole grain, etc. No fast food, very little junk food.
Training: I’ve done Starting Strength, All Pro’s Simple Beginner Program, and am now doing an upper/lower split four days a week (Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday).
Testes Aching: No.
Morning wood/noctural emissions happen occasionally, but not often.
Other Information: My body temperature seems to be fine. I’ve had it checked fairly often at the doctor’s office, and it’s usually 98.6 or very close to that. I don’t get cold often or anything like that. I don’t have any weight problems; I can put weight on and off pretty much at will, as long as I adjust calories appropriately. Some of my symptoms may also be accounted for by the fact that I’m on Zoloft (e.g., low libido, apathy), but I don’t think that all of them can, and, regardless, the blood tests show Low T and a few other issues.
I did have my testosterone tested on another occasion, and it was low then, too (though it was a bit higher than the 253 number above; it was in the very low 300’s and still outside of the “normal” range). My primary doctor referred me to a urologist as a result. The urologist prescribed Clomid, and now has me taking 25 mg/day (he didn’t want to give me a gel because I still hope to have children and he was concerned about fertility issues). I’ve taken it for about a week now, but I have no idea if it’s having any effect yet; unfortunately, I’ve been sick with a chest cold since about the first day that I started taking it, and so I can’t yet accurately gauge how I feel. I have occasionally felt some nausea the past few days, but I don’t know whether that’s from being sick or from the Clomid. I’ve also started taking Vitamin D; 2000-3000 IU daily. (All the lab results and other info. above is from before I took Clomid or Vitamin D.)
When I met with the urologist, I asked him if I should be concerned about the possibility of a pituitary tumor, and he said no, because my prolactin numbers are just about right in the middle of the normal range.