(I just saw that for some reason some of my blood test results had come out in weird script. I think I have corrected it now).
For quite a few years now I have been feeling shitty. It started around 2004 with fatigue and a drop in sex drive and some memory problems, but these were relatively mild at first. My condition has steadily gotten worse though.
For the last year now I have been feeling pretty bad. If my wife doesn't remind me about sex I could easily forget about it for weeks at a time. I always feel exhausted. My memory has gone to hell. I have become more pessimistic, irritable and generally sad. I am not actually depressed, I still find many things fun, but I am hardly ever proactive or impulsive anymore. I used to have a dominant personality, which is still there somewhere but getting harder and harder to find.
One year ago I had a TT test done, which came back at 306ng/dL with a range of 400-1080 for males aged 20-39. I did nothing about it except for worry.
Over the last month I have actually felt a tiny bitter better. This week I did some more extensive tests. Below is all the info I think you guys will want.
Height: 1m72 / 5ft7.5
Waist: 78cm / 31 inches
Weight: 71 kgs / 156 lbs
Body: Slim, narrow hips, (relatively) wide shoulders, thin wrists
Facial Hair: Decent full beard and mustache (not Santa Claus thick and bushy, but good)
Body Hair: Hardly any at all on upper body. Legs hairy.
Fat: Only around mid-section. Appeared in last 2 years when I went from 57kgs to 72kgs after starting SS.
Health: Generally good except for chronic GERD, bad migraines (one every 2 months or so) and two epileptic fits over the last 6 years (which I am not convinced are actually epilepsy rather than something else). No damage to the brain was found, (all ECGs and MRIs and other fairly extensive tests show a completely normal healthy brain and doctors have put me on medication despite this).
Medication: 100mg/day Lamictal (lamotrigine) for epilepsy. Occasionally 40mg/day Nexium for GERD for periods of two weeks (about 2-3 times a year).
Diet: Generally healthy. Home cooked food. Our meat is from organic sources from an uncle who raises and slaughters his own animals. Our eggs are also organic. We cook with a lot of olive oil which is our own and not processed in any way. Fish once a week. Healthy amounts of vegetables. If I have one dietary failing it's that I don't eat fruit, even though I actually like them. We generally don't eat too many sweets or junk food, but calorie-restriction is an unknown beast in our household.
Training: 2 times a week (always trying for 3) of fucking around not really doing RippetoeÃ??'s SS program. No cardio.
Testicles ache: Never
Morning wood: Very very rarely, if ever, for years.
Marital status: Married. I have 3 daughters the eldest is 4. No problems whatsoever conceiving. They are definitely mine
Stress: Work stress is high and has been getting worse. I also enjoy it though, sometimes.
I am trying to find a neurologist who will keep an eye on me while I try to come off the Lamictal. I really don't think I actually need it. Also, some studies have shown that it has little effect on testosterone, (or more accurately, less effect than other epi meds), and one study, on rats, has shown a significant negative effect. My symptoms of low-T started before I had my first fit and started on the meds though.
Blood Test Results:
FSH: 2.14 mIU/ml (0.95-11.95 mIU/ml)
LH: 4.20 mIU/ml (0.8-7.6 mIU/ml)
Total Testosterone: 421 ng/dl (400-1080 ng/dl 20-39 years)
Free Testosterone: 13,7 pg/ml (8.7-54.7 pg/ml 19-50 years)
E2: 26 pg/ml (< 52 pg/ml)
Prolactin: 7 ng/ml (2.1-17.7 ng/ml)
Progesterone: 0.3 ng/ml (0.1-0.2 ng/ml)
DHT: (I specifically told them DHT and they did DHEA damn them).
DHEA: 3.5 ng/ml (1.9-7.6 ng/m 21-49 years)
PSA: 0.753 ng/ml (< 4 ng/ml)
Total Cholesterol: 239 mg/dl (150-200 mg/dl)
LDL: 170 ug/dl (< 160 ug/dl)
HDL: 58 mg/dl (>35 mg/dl)
Lipid Profile: 635 mg/dl (400-1000 mg/dl)
Triglycerides: 57 mg/dl (40-400 mg/dl 40-250 ideal)
TSH: 1.881 mUI/ml (0.35 - 4.94 mUI/ml)
T3: 1.15 ng/mL (0.58-1.59 ng/mL)
T4: 7.52 ug/dl (4.87-11.72 ug/dl)
Cortisol: 6.8 ug/dl (4.3-22.4 ug/dl)
D25-OH D3: 26 pg/ml (9-50 pg/ml)
Ferritin: 65.6 ng/dl (20-270 ng/dl 19-42 years)
Glucose: 94 mg/dl (70-110 mg/dl)
Iron: 104 ug/dl (30-150 ug/dl)
Magnesium: 2.3 mg/dl (1.62-2.62 mg/dl)
Zinc: 68.3 ug/dl (72,6-127 ug/dl)
Obviously my testosterone, total and free, is right on the bottom of the scale. My zinc levels are below the lower limit. My progesterone is high, I am not sure whether that is good or bad, so I am researching it on the great internetz.
Any help and advice you guys could give me would be really great.
Thanks in advance.