Been feeling really rundown for the last few years. Also feel like I am getting old real quick. Last December 2016 I was found out I had mild sleep apnea. Ended up getting a APAP machine and have been using it ever since. In July I went to be Sleep Doctor for a follow up and according to his analysis of the data everything was looking good (AHI<3). I do feel like I am getting better sleep now. I told him that I still felt run down all the time. He then looked at my chart and saw that I was 40 years old. Told me its time to go get your Testosterone checked. Ended up getting blood work done the next day and then found out that my T was low (Total T = 271 Quest Diagnostics). Also found out I was deficient in Vitamin D and B12. Doctor put me on 50,000IU Vitimin D2 once/week for 4 weeks. Also was told to start taking sublingual B12. He also asked me to see a urologist for the Low T.
I decided I need to do some research first and found this site among others. I read through all of the stickies here. Read a few books on the subject. Based on what I found I started eating better. Started eating coconut and olive oil. Also started taking a Multi vitamin, ZMA, 1000IU Vitamin D3 daily, and Iodine supplements (Lodoral).
On the exercise front in addition to my normal resistance training I started to take a daily walk around lunch time so I could soak up some sun.
I did all of these things for about 2 months so that when I got my T rechecked I could see if they made any difference.
Last week I contacted a Dr in Tampa who specializes in TRT. Went to their office and had some more blood work done. Results came in today.
Testosterone, Serum 319 ng/dL 264 - 916
Free Testosterone(Direct) 8.6 pg/mL 6.8 - 21.5
DHEA-Sulfate 218.6 ug/dL 102.6 - 416.3
TSH 1.620 uIU/mL 0.450 - 4.500
Luteinizing Hormone(LH), SLH 4.3 mIU/mL 1.7 - 8.6
Estradiol, Sensitive 22.1 pg/mL 8.0 - 35.0
Sex Horm Binding Glob, Serum 20.1 nmol/L 16.5 - 55.9
Prostate Specific Ag, Serum 0.8 ng/mL 0.0 - 4.0
Also of note from the Metabolic panel:
ALT (SGPT) 48 High IU/L 0 - 44
So as you can see there really hasn’t been much improvement in my T level. I have a follow up appointment with the Dr on 10/31. I wanted to put this out in front of the community to get your thoughts.
I appreciate any insight you guys can provide.