-47 yo male. Lift 3-4 x week consistent. Some form of LISS Cardio 5-6 x week.
-9 years Special Operations after college
**Had 2 x significant Heat Casualty incidents during this time. Massive Core Temp, Thermometer in the ace, ice bags bath to get temp down (possible culprit??)
-5’-11" 202 lbs, 33-34" waist
- body hair growth - on and in ears increasing
-2000-2200 cal +/- daily with little to no sugar.
-Alcohol is a rarity
-No meds or Rx
-ON Pre-workout, Surge Workout Fuel, Mag-10 on lifting days
-get cold easy
Labcorp bloodwork done last week and results are from today. I have little to no energy from late morning onward regardless of diet and sleep. Very difficult to get my feet under me for work and to complete home remodel which has become unacceptable. I’m tired of feeling worn-out every day. My research both here wth @KSman , DeFranco’s podcasts on Functional Medicine, and through Stan Efferding’s rants on YT pointed me to Labcorp and issues I’ve long suspected. All of my excess fat is around my stomach. I’m eating at a large caloric deficit for my weight but the scale stays at 203#. If I add food calories(clean food at that), it visibly goes straight to my stomach - but the scale doesn’t move. Top 2 abs are still visible. The quality of my workouts are completely up to using a pre-workout mixed with my Surge or not. Over the last 2 months, I’ve completely removed all other stimulants (no coffee, no energy drinks for even longer period ~2 years maybe?) and really minimized red meat.
I suspect issues with my thyroid and not sure if possibly linked to heat casualty damage mentioned above. I can remember being tired to the point of rubbernecking in the afternoons since those incidents.
I suspect issues with my adrenals. I’ve read the adrenal fatigue book mentioned in the sticky, have done the temp readings in the past, supplemented with iodine but never could get temp up to 98.6. Low at start was 95.7, highest after iodine was 98.2 after 2 weeks. Temps taken with old school oral thermometer unfortunately. It is definitely time to get back on supplementation consistently again, and for good.
Inflammation attacks. Recently, when my immune system is weakened, my body has been attacked by some type of heavy inflammation. I had a shoulder reconstruction and old hardware removal in shoulder done almost 2 years ago. The surgeon diagnosed me with pseudo-gout after finding crystals in my shoulder fluid when I had nearly frozen shoulder on the table. A short time later (3 weeks maybe), my whole body was racked with an inflammation attack in nearly every joint. My hand opposite of shoulder repair swelled significantly, I couldn’t raise my arms above 90 degrees (repaired shoulder obviously), and it felt like I had broken glass in my knees, back, shoulders, and elbows. Every arthritic type bloodtest came back negative (to include RA, gout, and pseudo-gout levels/indicators).
Two months ago, I came down with pneumonia, oddly overnight. Once I came of my meds, my whole body broke out in hive-like rash and worsened if I moved. Double dose steroid dose pack Rx was done for both.
I’m not sure how many of these are linked, associated with aging, or are simply dumb luck…but here I am.
Test Results: unfortunately, this test bundle didn’t have a cortisol test included. High LDL was a big surprise. @KSman what do you see?
Here we go:
CBC With Differential/Platelet
WBC 4.4 3.4-10.8 x10E3/uL
RBC 4.88 4.14-5.80 x10E6/uL
Hemoglobin 14.4 12.6-17.7 g/dL
Hematocrit 43.1 37.5-51.0 %
Comp. Metabolic Panel (14)
Glucose, Serum 84 65-99 mg/dL
BUN 21 6-24 mg/dL
Creatinine, Serum 1.06 0.76-1.27 mg/dL
BUN/Creatinine Ratio 20 9-20
Sodium, Serum 142 134-144 mmol/L
Potassium, Serum 4.3 3.5-5.2 mmol/L
Chloride, Serum 105 96-106 mmol/L
Carbon Dioxide, Total 22 18-29 mmol/L
Calcium, Serum 9.3 8.7-10.2 mg/dL
Protein, Total, Serum 6.7 6.0-8.5 g/dL
Albumin, Serum 4.2 3.5-5.5 g/dL
Globulin, Total 2.5 1.5-4.5 g/dL
A/G Ratio 1.7 1.2-2.2
Bilirubin, Total 0.5 0.0-1.2 mg/dL
Alkaline Phosphatase, S 65 39-117 IU/L
AST (SGOT) 18 0-40 IU/L
ALT (SGPT) 15 0-44 IU/L
Cholesterol, Total 174 100-199 mg/dL
Triglycerides 85 0-149 mg/dL
HDL Cholesterol 51 >39 mg/dL
VLDL Cholesterol Cal 17 5-40 mg/dL
LDL Cholesterol Calc 106 HIGH 0-99 mg/dL
Iron and TIBC
Iron Bind.Cap.(TIBC) 281 250-450 ug/dL
UIBC 191 111-343 ug/dL
Iron, Serum 90 38-169 ug/dL
Iron Saturation 32 15-55 %
Testosterone,Free and Total
Testosterone, Serum 411 348-1197 ng/dL
Free Testosterone(Direct) 7.3 6.8-21.5 pg/mL
Hemoglobin A1c 5.4 4.8-5.6 %
Thyroxine (T4) Free, Direct, S
T4,Free(Direct) 1.12 0.82-1.77 ng/dL
DHEA-Sulfate 113.0 71.6-375.4 ug/dL
TSH 5.140 HIGH 0.450-4.500 uIU/mL
Luteinizing Hormone(LH), S
LH 5.3 1.7-8.6 mIU/mL
FSH 2.9 1.5-12.4 mIU/mL
Prolactin 15.7 HIGH 4.0-15.2 ng/mL
Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy
Vitamin D, 25-Hydroxy 28.0 LOW 30.0-100.0 ng/mL
C-Reactive Protein, Cardiac
C-Reactive Protein, Cardiac 0.86 0.00-3.00 mg/L
Estradiol, Sensitive 19.2 8.0-35.0 pg/mL
GGT 12 0-65 IU/L
Magnesium, Serum 1.9 1.6-2.3 mg/dL
Progesterone 0.1 0.0-0.5 ng/mL
Insulin 4.6 .6-24.9 uIU/mL
Ferritin, Serum 190 30-400 ng/mL
Triiodothyronine,Free,Serum 2.8 2.0-4.4 pg/mL
Sex Horm Binding Glob, Serum
Sex Horm Binding Glob, Serum 40.8 16.5-55.9 nmol/L
@KSman’s work here is nothing short of outstanding and of major help. Any feedback on my health history and labs is extremely appreciated as well. Please let me know if there is any additional information to provide to help shed light on what I may be experiencing.
Thank you to all for your time!