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45, Educate Me On TRT

Good Morning,

I never considered B12 Deficiency, will check into that.
Iodized salt - I have always been heavy handed with Salt / Pepper, more so as a child.
On occasion I will still reach for the salt shaker.

I do 3-5 drops Atomidine every morning. Have been taking about 1 month.

Body temp late yesterday afternoon 97.9
Body temp this morning 6/26/17 96.5 Afternoon 97.9
Blood sugar this morning 105

Bought a bottle of B12 1000mcg this morning, have followup apt with doctor on July 7th. Will see if they can test for B12.

Hi Skinflute.

Sorry to hear about your situation.

The good:
You quit smoking.
You are very physically active because of your work and walking. This is very good and probably the only thing keeping you from having a massive heart attack or stroke.

The bad:
Your are 54+ on the BMI scale. That means you are in the category super-morbidly obese. You should literally weigh less than half of what you weigh now. The underlying problem with your testosterone is your extreme obesity. See these 5 links on the effect of obesity on testosterone and aromatization:
https://www.nebido.com/obesity-is-strongly-linked-to-low-testosterone-levels-in-men
http://www.webmd.com/men/what-low-testosterone-can-mean-your-health#1
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8626841PMC3955331/

Forget testosterone treatment. You are a prime candidate for gastric-bypass surgery and similar serious weight loss surgeries. It is almost guaranteed that you will see a very positive effect on your bloodwork if you lose about 200 pounds of unnecessary body weight.

Look for sublingual B-12. this type: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Methylcobalamin
If you take that, really not point in te$ting B-12 then as you will not be detecting low levels.

Low body temperatures with FT=3.8 strongly suggests elevated rT3 as part of a spectrum of adrenal fatigue. Please read all of the thyroid basics sticky noting references to adrenal fatigue, wilson’s book, rT3 and stress.

Your thyroid function is low and that contributes to weight issues and you seem to have metabolic disorder aka syndrome X.

Supplements:
high potency B-complex multi-vits with trace elements including 150mcg iodine and 200mcg selenium. Consider 2-per-day at lef.org
fish oil
25mg DHEA
vit-C
natural source Vit-E

Selenium is very important for thyroid health and supplemental iodine without selenium is dangerous.

Is there something about your diet causing low cholesterol? <160 is associated with increased all-cause mortality. Your low cholesterol may be lulling you into a feeling that you have no cardio risks. Do these labs: CRP, homocysteine. What is your resting BP?

+icedog198
Thank you for the information, I will spend some time this evening
reviewing each link.
I am in agreement with you, if I were to lose about 200 pounds of unnecessary body weight. It would have a positive effect not only on my bloodwork but also my outlook.

Thanks again,

+KSman

Last couple visits to doctors office resting BP was / is normal
120 / 80
BP has always been in normal range, have never had high or low BP.

Diet causing low cholesterol?
Not sure, I will work on increasing this number, maybe by adding additional avocado’s or additional coconut oil, Something…

I am reading every sticky I can.
I even purchased Wilson’s book on adrenal fatigue, came in mail on Saturday. Have only read first 2 chapters. Been reading stickies :slight_smile:

CRP
Not certain that I have inflammation.
I have been detoxing my body for the past couple of months

(Tumeric) Curcumin & Bioperine
Curcumin & Bioperine(pepper)

Tumeric is anti inflammatory, anti oxident, many great benefits
Milk thistle
DE or Diatomaceous Earth

I picked up a gym membership the other day. Woohooo for me
Worked 14 hours today, heading to gym now to do 60 minutes on treadmill, fast pace walking.
Will read more stickies when I get home this evening.
Thanks again…

Hello Everyone.

Has been a delightful week, I spent it in the hospital with kidney stones. All I can say is worse pain ever imaginable. For anyone who doesn’t know, they go up your peckerhole with a little claw on the end of a wire, grab the stone and yank it out. To make matters worse, yep , they get worse. After they rip this stone out thru your urethral, they go back in and leave a plastic tube which will need to be removed 3-5 days later while your AWAKE. Once again they go in thru the peckerhole to remove tube (Stent) they left in their on purpose the first time.

I have gained an average of 7 pounds per year over the last 20 years, regardless of how lazy or how physical I have been. Question: is the weight gain caused by lazy thyroid and LOW T
OR is the lazy thyroid and LOW T caused by the weight gain???

I have a followup appt with my Integrative Medicine doctor on Tuesday. To discuss my blood work from beginning of June. Blood work shows lazy thyroid and Low T.
According to their site, they specialize in BHRT.

MEDICAL TREATMENT

Bio-identical Hormone Replacement Therapy must be administered by a well-trained physician who will first evaluate your existing medical condition and run a variety of tests to determine your hormone levels. Hormone levels should also be monitored during and after your treatment to ensure optimal health results and minimize side effects.
HOLISTIC APPROACH

BHRT combined with lifestyle modifications, changes in diet, and increased levels of exercise can have a positive impact on your health, improve your quality of life, and help you look better and feel younger. A comprehensive medical approach is needed to optimize your health, renew your energy levels, and restore your body to feeling years younger. Hormone replacement therapy requires a holistic approach, if you want to slow down the aging process, stay healthy, and live longer.

I am not certain what their procedures are or how the conversation may go. I also don’t fully understand the difference between BHRT vs TRT.

KSman,
How would I make the argument to my doctor to do things your way?

Thank you, MUCH

Doctor prescribed Test Cyp 200 MG/ML
Inject 1 ML IM weekly

200mg is double what KSman recommends. When I questioned my doctor, his response was that I had the lowest Test levels he had ever seen. Then jokingly stated I had less testosterone than a 4 year old …

He also prescribed me BD 3 ML Syringe 25g x 1- 1/2

My thought is to inject twice per week 1/2ML on Wed and Saturday

no HCG or Arimidex / anastrozole
Docs suggestion was to wait until I lost some weight??

I have bloodwork and followup appt in 6 weeks.
Do I wait 6 weeks or try and push for HCG / anastrozole now??
Thoughts / suggestions
+KSman

Did first injection this morning. 1/2 ML
Actually I chickened out and had wife poke me in the butt.

@KSman
I know your a busy man and your experience / knowledge on this topic is invaluable.
Please chime in when you get a free moment and offer some more of your wisdom.
Thanks,

Morning temps for the week range from 96.5-97.7
Afternoon temps for the week range from 97.4-98.5
If I do not give myself about 30 minutes to cool down in the afternoon my
temps are 98.9-99.9

200mg a week is a lot, but after my forth blood test, that ended up being what I need. As fat as you are your Estradiol levels are going to shoot up. Anastrozole is really needed. It takes me 1mg of anastrozole a week stay in line. When you start to show symptoms do not wait. HCG can wait if you must. But you probably will want to be on it. I doubt you will be making it 6 weeks nor should you.

The good news with your dietary changes and hormone changes, your weight should start dropping easily. Its all interconnected. Which came first really doesn’t matter so long as you fix them all. As tough as you obviously are, doing what you do at your size and age. You are going to be a new man

Losing weight has no effect on HCG that is just to keep your testicles working. Weight can effect your need for anastrozole. If you cut your body fat in half you might need less maybe even a lot less. But you probably will need anastrozole more now than you ever will. All this is an educated guess until the tests confirm things. Not sure why your doc would think it was a good idea to wait. I doubt thinking has anything to do with it

Initially I did not press the doctor. I accepted his nonsense response about losing weight first before starting HCG.
Two days later I contacted him and requested he write me a script for HCG Plus Anastrozole.
Doctor got pissed off and and gave me the speech:
I am the doctor, YOU are the patient, YOU do not tell me what to prescribe, blah blah blah.
Doctor then referred me to another Doctor- Dr. Justin Saya with Defy medical in Tampa florida.

My doctor’s concern was that he did not want to prescribe me such a HIGH dose of HCG. I did not realize 250iu hCG EOD was considered HIGH DOSAGE.

After speaking with Defy medical, they normally start their TRT patients on 400-500 hCG EOD.
which is double the dosage I was trying to request from my doctor…

One question or concern that I have. Testosterone injections without hCG.
Testicular shrinkage or atrophy.

How long does it take for shrinkage to occur? 24-48 hours? a week? or several months?
So far I have only done 2 injections of Test Cyp 200 MG/ML
1/2mL on Wednesday and 1/2mL on Saturday 7/15

Your doctor did not know what he’s talking about. 250 mg twice a week. That is the smallest dosage for any use hCG ever has. Some protocols give shots of four thousand milligrams more than once a week. Losing that dr. is a good thing.
From what I’ve read is long as your dosages is not over 500 mg. you don’t really need to worry too much about it. You’re not likely to have adverse effects at those dosages. For what we’re doing, we are taking very low dosages. As I understand it more is not better and hCG is not cheap. 250 mg twice a week is enough. Though personally I see no reason to argue with the folks at Defy. They have a sterling reputation. Some protocols actually take four weeks off from hCG after 8 weeks on at 1000mg a week. I’ve never heard anyone say that has adverse effects. So I would say your testicles could handle a month without any problem. I am not saying I particularly like the sounds of that protocol. but I’ve heard of no problems with it ether.

T dose has nothing to do with how low you were.
Body weight does.

Higher T levels create more risks of high HTC and RBC, need to monitor that.

TRT, BHRT?
The bio-identical T talk is mostly self-serving hype. Injected T is T with an ester group to create solubility in the oil. As absorbed, ester groups are stripped off and you have a bio-identical time release delivery system.

Tell doc that you want 250iu hCG subq EOD.
Someone has hCG and hGH confused?
250iu hCG is low dose, you do not want more and more =$$$+problems
When diluted to 1000iu/ml, you inject 0.25ml which is “25iu” on an insulin syringe. Does someone have insulin volume IU’s confused with actual drug dose?

200mg T per week and not anastrozole… your case is not been managed properly. You were close to target E2=22pg/ml before TRT, it can only go up. E2 management is critical for weight loss and fat patterns. Elevated E2 also creates risk of gyno.

About the stent: Those are used when the ureter gets damaged by hardware or another cause. The stent can hold a corner tear down while it heals. Not very comfortable. In my case I don’t know if the doctor created the tear or it was from a painful forced stretching maneuver that I was subjected too. I started to get blood in my urine right after that. The radiology sees a small stone that may not have been been the source of the bleed. I will never know, the urologist seemed to be indicating that he did not know where the damage came from… First they did Lithotripsy that was not successful and the pieces of stone were very painful and second procedure to go up with the hardware to get the pieces.

New doc requesting bloodwork:
Comprehensive Metabolic Panel
CBC
Lipid Panel
Testosterone Free and Total Estradiol Sensitive DHEA-S
TSH
PSA
LH
SEX HORMONE BINDING GOBULINE

Labs will be done at Labcorp
Any additional tests I should have done

@KSman
Just found your sticky on bloodwork.

Labs to be done before you start TRT
-LH and FSH [LH/FSH]
-TT
-FT or bio-T
-E2
-Prolactin [optional in most cases]
-DHT [sort of a waist of time and blood if your testosterone levels are low]
-PSA
-DRE: the dreaded digital rectal exam, doc gives you the finger.

Labs to be done when on TRT
-TT
-FT or bio-T
-Implications of injections VS transdermals [and injection frequency]
-E2
-Prolactin [optional and almost never on-going]
-DHT [should be checked, but perhaps not on-going]
-LH/FSH [optional and one last time -do I have cancer?]
-PSA
-DRE: the dreaded digital rectal exam [Your doc does not enjoy this either!]

Labs to never do and timing issues:
-DO NOT test E2 ultra sensitive
-DO NOT do saliva testing for T or E2 and expect any help here
-DO NOT test for free E2
-DO NOT test total estrogens
-DO NOT test PSA within 48 hours after a DRE [digital rectal (prostate) exam] or ejaculation
-DO NOT test prolactin with 48 hours of orgasm, avoid hugging puppies and babies
-DO NOT do lab work when muscles are sore from training or injury as your “liver markers” will show high levels. Those “liver tests” are really not liver specific.
-DO NOT waist time and money on tests that you cannot take any action on. Example, testing IGF-1 for growth hormone status if there is no way you could every pay for GH or actually legally qualify for GH.
-DO NOT routinely test for LH/FSH when on TRT, perhaps once to rule out certain testicular cancers and never again
-DO NOT test for serum DHEA, must test DHEA-S
-DO NOT do saliva testing for T, DHT, DHEA, pregnenolone if taking sublingual/buccal T, pregnenolone OR DHEA OR other steroid. The tests will be wrong and you do not want cross reactivity unknowns
-Testing E2&TT&FT makes also testing SHBG sort of useless.

Labs that are stupid after you start TRT
-LH/FSH

Thyroid labs [basic first line]
-TSH
-T3 no see fT3
-T4 no see fT4
-are you getting enough iodine? probably not! http://tnation.T-Nation.com/free_online_forum/sports_training_performance_bodybuilding_trt/ksman_has_a_thryoid_problem121
-? stuff that Hardasnails will suggest to me via PM
Thyroid symptoms [hypothyroidism or subclinical] Dry Skin, sparse outer eyebrows [observe others], feel cold easily, low body temperatures, general non-pattern hair loss, enlarged, lumpy, sore or asymmetrical thyroid gland. Many symptoms are the same as low-T.

Adrenal labs
-Cortisol four sample saliva testing [the gold standard]
-Pregnenolone [the foundation of the adrenal hormones and all steroid hormones *]
-DHEA [can’t make T without it] no see DHEA-S
-DHEA-S [DHEA Sulphate]

Vit-D is multi-step derived from cholesterol directly, not via pregnenolone. Pregnenolone is also direct from cholesterol. Cholesterol is really the root of all steroid hormones. [Because cholesterol can be considered a precursor of testosterone, and testosterone a metabolite of cholesterol under Federal Statute [http://www.justice.gov/dea/pubs/csa/802.htm], cholesterol is technically a schedule III controlled substance and is subject to criminal penalties as an illegal anabolic steroid. Attempts by John McCain and others to explicitly classify DHEA as a schedule III anabolic steroid have nonetheless failed. See http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbname=110_cong_bills&docid=f:s762is.txt.pdf13 ]

General health labs
-CBC: Complete Blood Counts
-Hematocrit: Part of CBC but needs its own discussion
-Lipids: Fasting Cholesterol and related
-Vit_D25 hormone -yes vitamin D becomes an essential steroid hormone
-Glucose: Fasting levels indicate insulin function
-Liver markers -are they really liver specific? [Hint: not]

Things that you can determine without lab work

Symptoms: Why are you here
-Brain fog, no one knows what that means but everyone knows if they have it!
-Social withdrawal - “I would rather not go out”
-Why do I have boobs? This really is depressing if prolactin is the cause!
-Why do I carry fat like a woman?
-Why am I a moody bitch?
-Can’t get it up?
-It is up, now it’s gone.
-My penis is numb -your nerves love T too. Things to do with testosterone cream.
-My testes are softer and smaller
-My testes ache 24x7
-My scrotum is up-tight, gives “how are they hanging” a whole new meaning.
-Nocturnal erections -necessary but not sufficient
-“morning wood” -things are working
-Why do really hot looking women and girls now look like art instead of lust?
-I felt great when I started TRT, where did that go? Neural transmitters rule your life.
-My TRT seems ineffective or never was. Things that crash in the night.
-On TRT and still do not feel right, something else is wrong.
-Loss of hair on lower legs, skin below the knees is smooth and shiny.
-Why do I feel cold easily or all of the time?
-Why do really stressful situations leave me feeling physically beat up. Adrenal fatigue.
-Dry skin, brittle hair and nails
-Skin on the back of hand is thin, crinkly. Pinched skin does not recover
-Gum disease, the ugly killer
-Why do I have a chronic cough [when taking a statin drug]
-I have visual field disturbances such as reduced peripheral vision
-My joints have started to ache
-TRT and now leg cramps
-TRT and wife says I am snoring more
-I am not depressed, I just don’t care about anything, no joy, no motivation, no reward
-I want sex twice a day and my wife/GF is freaking out. What do do about her.
-We fixed my wife’s hormones and I can’t keep up with her needs. [Give me her phone number!]
-I want sex twice a day and my wife/GF loves it. Why are you still here?

Related:
-pituitary MRI for younger cases of hypothyroidism “what is in there”
-testicular ultrasound exam, detects cancer [please help with other uses]

Serum E2 testing:

E2 is estradiol - in case you were wondering [E1=estrONE, E2=estraDIol, E3=esTRIol]. There are different lab tests to choose from and docs often get this wrong. Some testes have limited reporting ranges and will not report actual values below a certain level and might report <17 pg/ml instead of the actual value. The reason for this is that these tests were developed for work on women’s hormones. Women who are fertile have very high levels of estrogen and some tests are appropriate for those levels. Women who are post menopausal have low levels of estrogens and the need tests that are sensitive for those low levels. For post menopausal women with breast cancer, SERM drugs are used to push there already low estrogen levels even lower. Ultra sensitive tests are used to detect these very low levels to determine the effectiveness of the treatment.

For TRT, use the basic LabCorp serum E2 test or Quest Sensitive 4021x. DO NOT USE Quest ULTRASENTIVE! There are some similar issues with other testing labs as well.

DO NOT test for free estradiol
DO NOT test for total estrogens
DO NOT do Saliva testing, simply because very few people know what to do with that data.

https://www.labcorp.com/wps/portal/!ut/p/c1/hY3dToMwHMWfhQcw_9MWS7l0WwfVUYLdMspN02TGQNzwAo3b08tuTTbPufydD-po9il-9-9x6sdT_KCWOhkaJW3DLYeq-BpcyAUel5qhkDP3tznwT3t__bvfv3Lc0BPIluPxjTx1Wdjp1DGTC9S6AHhmNiZXNYNgtKUWaXDDefxyZhLbZfZ8qcLFqR_LfK5ViXOPySn2ssnL6rB-3S1WfDjsmyT5u104DuNEnVpupVSYt72eQ_5u6PPYYkjjQwwm-QVRd1eL/dl2/d1/L0lJWm1LYVkhL0lCaEFDRW9BQWdqS0FBSUlLZ0FDQ0thZ0FDQUs2R0RnL1lJNXlsdyEhLzdfVUU0UzFJOTMwT0dTMjBJUzNPNE4yTjY2ODAvdmlld1Rlc3Q!/?testId=408010119

Note that many older men, getting fat with low testosterone, can have more estrogen than their post menopausal wives! And old men and women can end up having similar body shapes.

E2 levels are modulated with low doses of aromatase inhibitors such as Arimidex/anastrozole. Optimal level is near serum E2=22pg/ml. Some doctors will prescribe 1mg/day which is a TOTAL disaster unless you are female and have estrogen positive breast cancer. Another idiot doctor mistake.

See this thread concerning problems with Labquest FT testing:


Note that Labquest can also report FT ranges that are about 5 times higher than reality. So you cannot compare Labquest results to Labcorp and others. FT lab results must be reported with lab ranges.

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KSman
Jun '10

Purechance contributed this:

[KSman says: Some of this testing may not be needed, some judgment is needed. Some docs will not do this because of HMO restrictions. Otherwise some insurance may not pay. Note that lab tests can run into a large amount of money if out-of-pocket. Labs that are used for routine followup of HRT treatment may need to be more focused from a cost-benefit point of view.]

Vitamin D deficiency is under-reported. A lot of people would benefit from a Vitamin D supplement.

GET the actual test results from the doctor’s office. DO NOT accept “oh, your test results came back fine or within range”. You are a paying customer. Make them fax you the results or get a new doctor, or ask for the results to be transferred, then get them from your new doctor.

You are the customer and have a say on what tests are run and your treatment plan. If you have a doctor that won’t work with you, find another one.

Doctors surprisingly know very little. You know your body better then they do. Insist on getting your symptoms treated.

Never just accept that “your results are normal.” Most doctors don’t know what normal is. Get your own results and do your own research. Always insist on seeing your actual results. Get a copy for your records (in case you are like most people here who have to go from doctor to doctor until they can find one who will work with them.)

DO NOT believe the ranges the lab report shows. Do your own research.

Here is some of what I have asked for or doctors have recommended:

  • Chemistry Panel (Metabolic panel with lipids)

  • Complete Blood Count (CBC)

  • Free Testosterone

  • Total Testosterone (<500 is not good. 700-1000 is good)

  • DHEA-S - Sulfate (low DHEA = increased risk of cardio complications + DHEA converts to T)

  • Prostate-Specific Antigen (PSA)

  • Estradiol

  • Homocysteine

  • C-reactive protein (High sensitivity) - (high = cardio risk)

  • TSH (Thyroid Stimulating Hormone) - not that important. It is inaccurate and too many doctors use it as the holy grail; T4/T3 numbers are more important.
    [KSman says: All of the group above can be had as a male lab panel from lef.org, the price is right, but it is always out-of-pocket and insurance will not cover.]

    Total T4
    Free T4
    Total T3
    Free T3
    Reverse T3 (excess T4 converts to RT3. High RT3 blocks free T3 - so your TSH and T3 numbers could look great, but are blocked by RT3 and you feel like @$#!)
    Thyroglobulin Antibodies

    Thyroid Peroxidase

    Cortisol (low cortisol = low overall cellular functions)
    LH (low LH = pituitary disfunction causing hypogonadism - need MRI to check for pituitary tumor)
    FSH (same as above)
    DHT (Dihydrotestosterone)
    SHBG
    IGF-1 (Insulin-Like Growth Factor) (indicator of Human Growth Hormone <200 = not great)
    Prolactin
    Progesterone
    Pregnenolone (precursor of Cortisol, DHEA, and Progesterone + Preg resolves brain fog and improved memory)
    VITAMIN B12
    Vitamin D, 25-OH Total (should be 70-100 I think - almost everyone is deficient)

    Vitamin D, 25-OH D3

    Ferritin (critical for cellular function - low ferritin = low transport capability of hormones, etc.)
    Iron, Total Binding Capacity
    Iron, Binding Capacity
    Magnesium, RBC (is important for cellular energy (ATP) production)

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TysonKilpatrick
Sep '10

KSman,

Although some of the symptoms you listed above have implied causes that are inferrible to a majority of your readers, it would be beneficial if you could give the possible relationship between the suspected pathologies which may result in these symptoms.

i.e. Can’t get it up. (possibly low or high E2)

Thanks
PureChance
Sep '10

Here is another consolidated comprehensive list posted by JanSz on another forum.

1 Metabolic Panel (14), Comprehensive
2 CBC w/ diff/PLT
3 VAP TM Cholesterol Test
4 Selenium, Whole Blood
5 Copper, serum
6 Zinc
7 Magnesium, serum
8 Magnesium, RBC
9 Potassium, RBC
10 C-Reactive Protein (CRP), Highly Sensitive, CSF
11 Fibrinogen
12 Homocysteine, cardio
13 Lipoprotein (A) Lp(A)
14 Iron and Iron Binding Capacity
15 Iron, Total
16 Ferritin
17 Transferrin
18 Folate, RBC & Hematocrit
19 Hemoglobin A1c
20 Hemoglobin, Plasma
21 VITAMIN A, E, B3, B12
22 Vitamin D, 25Hydroxy
23 T3, Total
24 T4, Total
25 T3, Free
26 T4, Free
27 T3, Reverse
28 Ultrasensitive TSH
29 Thyroid Peroxidase and Thyroglobulin Antibodies
30 Thyroglobulin
31 Thyroxine binding globulin
32 T3 Uptake
33 Prealbumin/Transthyretin
34 Insulin, serum
35 IGF Binding protein3
36 IGF-1
37 DHEA Sulfate
38 Aldosterone
39 Renin Activity, Plasma
40 ACTH, Plasma
41 Cortisol Binding Globulin (Transcortin)
42 7:30AM/12PM/3:30PMCortisol, Free and Total
43 Prolactin
44 Progesterone
45 Pregnenolone
46 Androstenedione
47 Estradiol, sensitive 140244 (370)
48 Estrone, Serum
49 Total Testosterone
50 SHBG
51 Albumin
52 Dihydrotestosterone
53 3aAndrostanediol Glucuronide
54 Ceruloplasmin
55 Coenzyme Q10

244.9 257.2 780.79
250.00 272.4 788.41
250.01 601.9 253.3
255.4 780.4 255.8
783.9
Helper
Sep '10

I’m finding this to be very overwhelming.
Is it possible to make a ‘TRT for Dummies’, and if this is it, then to make a ‘TRT for Retards’? Maybe have the abbreviations/terms explained, or with an explanation if you browse your curser over the term?

If I read this correctly, there are six (6) necessary labs to be done before TRT:

  1. LH and FSH
  2. TT
  3. FT or bio-T
  4. E2
  5. PSA
  6. DRE

And, there are seven (7) necessary for after you have started TRT

  1. TT (again)

  2. FT (again)

  3. Implications of injections VS transdermals (that’s a lab?)

  4. E2 (again)

  5. DHT

  6. PSA (again)

  7. DRE (again)

    Labs to never do and timing issues:

    -DO NOT test for serum DHEA, must test DHEA-S

If I MUST test for DHEA-S, why isn’t that in the ‘Labs to be done before’ or ‘Labs to be done after’ lists?

Also,

Labs that are stupid after you start TRT
-LH/FSH

Thyroid labs [basic first line]
-TSH
-T3 no see fT3
-T4 no see fT4
-are you getting enough iodine? probably not!
-? stuff that Hardasnails will suggest to me via PM

Adrenal labs
-Cortisol four sample saliva testing [the gold standard]
-Pregnenolone [the foundation of the adrenal hormones and all steroid hormones *]
-DHEA [can't make T without it] no see DHEA-S
-DHEA-S [DHEA Sulphate]

Does that mean that thyroid labs and adrenal labs are ‘stupid to do after you start TRT’?

If they’re important, should they be in the ‘labs to be done when you start’ list or ‘labs to be done when you’re on TRT’ list?

Are the General health labs important, and if so, should they be in ‘labs to be done before’ or ‘labs to be done after’ list?

I’m sorry if this post makes me sound like a jackass or like I’m being picky, but I really just don’t understand.
KSman
Sep '10

You do not test LH or FSH when on TRT as you will be shutdown and they will be close to zero. That is in the stickies.

Yes, general labs are important, and basic, too basic to make take up space here.

I did state “-LH/FSH [optional and one last time -do I have cancer?]” If FSH stays high with HPTA shutdown, you probably have a FSH producing testicular cancer.

Some say to test for thyroid and adrenal issues because if they are low, when you increase metabolism with TRT, you will find the next weak links, aka hitting the wall. The rest of answer it self evident. This issue is discussed many times in posts.

Was not saying when to test DHEA-S. You can do that any time you want and DHEA is also part of adrenal function. If DHEA is low, take some and test later to see if you need more or less. I did not state that you MUST test DHEA, only that if you do, test for DHEA-S, not DHEA. DHEA tests are quite useless for reasons that I will not explain now as I have stated the reasons many times elsewhere.

You two need to learn to learn and read between the lines. Asking to explain everything that you do not know it a bit much.

This sticky is not a TRT guide.

Use Google, there is a lot to learn. If I explained ever little thing the message would be lost. No one else has these issues. Please do not mess up this sticky with more questions like this, and this is not a place for a discussion about this.

Don’t ask me to explain all that I know about pathologies. This sticky is an attempt to create list of thing that you should consider and understand. And there are hints for you to follow. You need to study to understand.

Read other stickies and posts and search the web. If you cannot contribute to the knowledge here, do not post here in this sticky.
orangeblood
Sep '10

I had blood drawn this morning, hoping to have results by Monday.
Here is list with Labcorp codes:

     Comprehensive Metabolic Panel            322000
    CBC                                                         ????  
    Lipid Panel                                               303756
    Testosterone Free and Total                    140103
    Estradiol Sensitive                                   140244
    Estradiol                                                   004515
    DHEA-S                                                   004020
    TSH, FT3, FT4                                         004259,010389,001974
    PSA                                                          010322
    LH / FSH                                                  004283 ,004309
    SEX HORMONE BINDING GOBULINE  082016
    Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy                             504115 D2+D3 Fractionated, LC/MS-MS
    Progesterone                                           004317
    DHT                                                         500142
    Prolactin                                                  004465        
    B-12/folate serum                                    000810