I discovered this site after submitting my blood work, but before I got the results. I've read through stickies and learned a lot of valuable information. I'll try to make my post, and use this forum, in a way that follows guidelines suggested in the stickies. Hopefully people can read my case and give me advice.
Height: 6 Ft
Waist: 36 Inches
Weight: 210 lbs
Hair: Significant loss on top of head. Clearly going bald. Used to have a full head of hair. Facial and body hair no changes. Never took hair loss drugs.
Fat: Carry body fat in my waist (played D1 soccer in college and my body fat was tested at 8%. I believe it was likely closer to just above 11-12%. Regardless, for the last 3-4 years I estimate I am at 22-25% and it literally all sits around my waist. I have a healthy diet and exercise consistently).
Rx and OTC drugs: Asthma Meds. Creatine. Whey and Casein Protein, Vitamin D.
Diet: Good diet but I don't eat enough leafy greens. I did a stupid cleanse in my 20's three times called the Ultimate Cleanse. It was literally no eating except for drinking a lemonade/maple syrup mixture and a salt water flush for 10 days. So, no eating for 10 days. I lasted 6, 8, then 10 days in the three years I did it. After 10 days no food my first poop was white; yes, a white poop. I swear that cleanse messed up my metabolism. Last time I did it was seven years ago. Never again.
Starting lifting in Feb 2015. First six month I was doing ICF 5X5. Realized gains, mostly in strength, not nearly as much in muscle mass. Upper body doesn't seem to grow. Recently switched to PHAT. Too early to see if I am making gains. (strength gains were slow and small).
Testes don't ache.
I am often tired (I usually get 8 hours. I am still tired).
Difficult for me to add muscle. (Especially on upper body).
Erections less full (I still get morning wood, but my erections don't last as long and are much less full).
Result Name Normal Ref. Range/Units
Thyroxine, Free 1.03 0.76 - 1.46 ng/dL
TSH 1.62 0.40 - 4.00 mU/L
Lutropin 3.2 1.5-9.3 IU/L
PSA 0.5 0-4 ug/L
Free T3 3.3 2.3-4.2 pg/mL
Vit D 39 30-75 ug/L
Testosterone, Total 517 240-950 ng/dL
SHBG 34 11-80 nmol/L
Free Test Calc 10.71 4.7-24.4 ng/dL
DHEA Sulfate 174 80-560 ug/dL
Estradiol 25 10-40 pg/mL
Separate Blood Work Result:
B12 278 211-911 pg/mL
The Anti Aging Doc I saw said TRT is out of the question. I think I agree if I am in a normal range. However, I am kind of pissed. He charged $1,175 for the blood work. FSH and LSH were not tested, which I know know should be after reading this forum. He tried to sell me a B12 shot (said I needed more B12) and Vitamin D pills. I declined at the time. He also said my DHEA is too low and it should be raised.
My specific hope is to find a way to increase my free T. It is in the normal range, but on the lower side. I plan to do FSH and LSH testing on my own. I'm open to any advice that can move me towards my goals of putting on muscle, living long and strong, while reducing my symptoms (see above).
Thank you for this amazing forum,