Waist: 32" inches
Weight: 150 lbs
Body Hair: Very light - thinned outer eyebrows, losing hair on lower of calves last three months and fairly good on head - typical reseeding but good overall.
T4 - Levothyroxine 75mcg (Compounded)
Started TRT Jan 27, 2017 - 5% compounded cream daily. (30 days no results - stopped)
Started March 24, 2017 Testosterone Cypionate 100mg Every 6 days - Intramuscular (gluts)
Curcumin 880 mg daily
Resveartrol 500 mg Daily
Selenium - 200 mg daily
Zinc 15mg, B6 4mg, Vit C 60mg
Vitamin D3 - 5000 IU Daily.
Diet: 90% Paleo Diet adherence - Fresh Food Daily - meats, vegetables, fruits. NO dairy, soy, eggs, wheat or grains (with the exception of white rice) and pretty much everything processed. There is the exceptional break during Holiday meals but even then I have been very strict for 4 years. Do not drink alcohol except at special occasions and its a few drinks at most.
Training: Walk multiple times a day for 10 to 20 mins - attempted to start weight training again but it seems to send my system crashing.
Health Conditions: Fistula Surgery October 2012 (approx. 4.5 yrs ago.) Prior to Fistula Surgery 4 years ago I was 195lbs, ate whatever I wanted, drank somewhat heavily, smoked, generally unhealthy lifestyle but with no significant symptoms of anything. Also I multiple food sensitivies that have mostly cleared up since changing my diet 4 years ago but have once again returned during this last crash.
This link is a complete history of my lab work prior to surgery and post surgery where I was diagnosed with Hashimotos.
Post surgery is where my journey begins.
After Surgery on October 2012 I began to go downhill very quickly. By December I was super fatigued, brain fog, cold, gaining weight, anxiety, mild depression ect… all the typical hypothyroid symptoms. (Father also died February 2013 during all of this) so was dealing with systemic stress from the surgery, father dying and still trying to work a stressful job. None of the doctors had any explanations for why this was happening but wanted to bandaid the symptoms with Levothyroxine, anti-depressants, anti anxiety (Xanax) I declined except for the Thyroxine. There were some noticed improvements within a month of starting Levothyroxine. Ran a brain MRI came back negative, ultrasound on the thyroid which confirmed mild Hashimoto Thyroiditis along with the elevated TPO. UCLA Grad Endo (idiot) ran TSH and T4 free got them within range but I was still suffering major symptoms that he could not explain because “My labs were within range” Fired his ass.
July 2013 - Found a Functional MD who worked with thyroid, sex hormones, diet and lifestyle changes (stress).
Spent an two hours with him going over everything and came up with a game plan. Get the blood sugar under control, Eat Paleo, get the thyroid functioning correctly and see where the sex hormones land maybe self correcting. If you review my labs starting October 2013 you can see a significant improvement in ALL lab areas including sex hormones, lost 50 pounds. After all of these great improvements sex hormones were still lacking and I was having “mild to moderate” symptoms still, but nothing really effecting my daily functioning but I still was not the man I was prior to surgery. We made several attempts to restart the HPTA, tried HCG stand alone no results, tried Clomid for 3 months and looking at the labs on 8/3/2015 It worked. I felt like a million bucks again, no stress bothered me, libido was in full action ( wife couldn’t keep up) energy levels off the charts, personality in full effect. Stopped the Clomid to see if the jumpstart would hold. following labs showed a pull back and the symptoms returned.
Fast forward to now
I have had a complete crash / breakdown (December 2016) and have been on temporary disability for 4 months due to significant work stress, significant family stress, diet breakdowns, drank again this summer, started smoking…this all crashed the endocrine system again causing everything to go out of whack, Depression, fatigue, debilitating anxiety and panic attacks, loss of libido ect…
I have been working my ass off to get this mess cleaned up again. perfect diet, no alcohol for six months now ( last drink was Election day…lol) perfect diet, none of that seemed to work aswell this time around. In February I was still battling all these symptoms and cried twice during a movie and said fuck this and so I found a new ND Naturopath doctor and started TRT 5% cream for 30 days with no relief of symptoms, Labs on 3/15/2017 actually got worse. Both thyroid & sex hormones, some lipids, liver alt and ast moved to top of range or slightly out. what is really throwing me for a loop is the really low TSH at .17 and really low T4 Free at .4, the T3Free didn’t budge.
So based on that series of labs on 3/15/2016 we have reduce my Levothyroxine to half, now 75mcg EOD and started TRT with self injection from home ( wife actually injecting IM for me). Test Cypionate 100mg every 6 days IM. This doctor is real great in terms of working with me in almost anything I want to do, not sure he’s all that great with knowledge and protocols with what is discussed in these forums. I’m not sure what to make of the Thyroid hormones now and unsure if the Doctor knows aswell.
First three weeks on the Test Cyp. and have been feeling amazing but I still have symptoms. most of the anxiety is gone, the brain fog is on and off, lots of insomnia in the last week, libido has come back slightly but still way off, testes have shrunk about 30% or so. First few days after injection feel great or “limitless” like from the movie, but seems to fade so i will be switching to a twice weekly SC injection. Labs were drawn last Thursday 4/20/2017 and I will be seeing the doctor and checking where things are since starting Test cyp. 4 weeks ago. I have also printed off KSman’s protocols with HCG and Arimdex to discuss with him.
So bottom line is i’m pulling out of the crash / breakdown just not sure what to do with the thyroid hormone situation and not sure If I’m missing anything else.
I appreciate any insights and help.