First off, thank you for maintaining such an excellent website that has a wealth of relevant concise information concerning the production of testosterone.
I’m in desperate need of some advice. I went to the doctor recently because of low energy level and difficulty concentrating. Additionally, at the time I was experiencing abdominal pain (upper right section). Had my total testosterone checked and it came back at at 393 ng/dL. This was surprising since I love to exercise and follow a fairly strict diet.
However, I was drinking a LOT of beer prior to getting my levels checked (dramatically reduced my consumption of alcohol since then), and my doctor believes alcohol is the main cause of my low T. I’m not so certain though. I believe that I may have screwed up my hormone levels by wearing a “Ring of Power” device for approximately 24 months. Device is worn around the testicles and delivers a very low electric charge which supposedly stimulates the leydig cells and increases testosterone.
I did notice an increase in athletic ability for the first 6 months. Was doing 600+ pushups per day as well as other exercises (pullups, 200/400 repeats at the track, etc). I felt great! Then slowly over time I noticed that my energy level was declining. Now I’m still in good shape, but it’s much more difficult to accomplish my daily exercise goals. More importantly, when I now try to wear the “Ring of Power”, I get INCREDIBLY fatigued. I’ve stopped using it.
Has anyone else posted about using the “Ring of Power”? Is there a general consensus regarding the issues caused by these devices? Also, is it possible that I elevated my estrogen levels by using the ROP? If so, what’s the best blood test to determine this? E2? Also, below is the list of follow up blood tests I plan on getting done in the next week or so. Does anyone have any recommendations on additional tests?
Follow Up Blood Work:
iron studies, CBC, testosterone free and total, LH, FSH, prolactin, E2, ALKALINE PHOSPHATASE BILIRUBIN, TOTAL, SERUM ALT, SERUM AST, SERUM ALBUMIN, SERUM PT/INR
Thank you so much for any advice or feedback.