Guys, first I want to say thanks for sharing the wealth of info. that is on here. I, like so many others have been guided in circles by doc's that do not have a clue on how to treat us. First off, I'd like to give my stats, then symptoms, then most recent blood work. Any input you guys can give on personal experiences and recommendations based off of that and research you guys have done is greatly appreaciated, so thanks in advance.
Weight: 180lbs. 10-11% bf
Waist: 32 jean size (around the hips) most fat concentrated around lower abs and slightly thru the sides. can still see abs.
Hair: Pretty good coat of chest/stomach hair (not quite gorilla-like though), full facial hair/beard growth Full arm/leg hair. Starting to notice gray hairs through sides (started at 24ish) and hair is starting to thin on top and recede at corners creating widows peak illusion.
-Health: took lexapro for 1 yr from june 07 thru july 08 for anxiety issues that manifested while dieting down for 1st bbing show and and taking ug gear (tren200mg e4d and eq 300mg e4d). could only do 3 shots before having to quit d/t anxiety attacks immediately after shots.
Drugs:AAS use starting at 19 and stretching the next 8 years with starting and stopping my systems.Typically took as much time off as on AAS. Otherwise None outside of marijuana brownies which illicited severe anxiety attack a few months back.
Supps: Vit D3 (4,000-5,000IU/d, Vit C 500- 1,000mg/d, Fish Oil 6g/d, zma at bedtime, 2.4g tribulus, 50mg dhea, liquid multi-vitamin iron free.
--conditions existed before I took any of that
Diet: Currently maintaining at around 3,500 calories/day.
Training: 4 days a week strength training 60-75 min./day. Bicycle outdoors once/wk for 45-60mins. very moderate intensity for recreation. Symptoms exist even when no exercise is involved and in fact are sometimes worse with regards to energy levels, concentration, etc.
-testes do not ache and are full/firm with a stage 2 varicocele on left testicle.
-Constant fatigue. Need 8-9 hrs. minimum or completely worthless. Find myself yawning at work sometimes, and in social settings. Occasionally yawn during working out, feel it's hard to get my adrenaline going to get geared up for an intense set.
-Brain fog. Never feel like I'm "in the moment". Always thinking of something unrelated to what I'm doing or talking about.
-No Motivation to be goal oriented. Lack future goal setting. Not really depressed though, more just going thru the motions.
-Sex drive: the desire is pretty strong as I always check out girls and think man i'd love to bang her, but my erections are not always rock hard and sometimes soften up while masturbating, but not so much during sex. can still perform during sex and orgasm normally.
-morning wood occurs maybe 2-3x/wk if lucky. likewise with nocturnal erections.
-Body Temp: rising temp seems to avg 97.6. but sometimes is as low as 97.2. feet get cold easy and sometimes hands.
-Some joints do feel achy from time to time as well as my body in general.
-Digestive issues: Typically take a crap in the am and stool is usually on the thinner/ loose side, but not diarrhea by any means.
How do I react to stress? -- I find myself easily set off and then as time goes on I'm able to settle down, stressful days really cause things to go into hiatus with focus, energy levels, etc.
Mood swings: I do find myself shifting moods throughout the day. One second everything's great and i'm communicative, 5 hours later i'm pissed and shut off.
Strongest symptoms are definitely inability to focus/mental clarity, fatigue, and lack of motivation.
I don't THINK I'm forgetting anything but the bloodwork results - sorry if anyhting important is missing but I'll check this thread consistently.
Blood was drawn at 9:30am after 12 hours of fasting and no dhea for 3 days prior.
total test: 418ng/dl (249-836)
free t4: 1.16ng/dl (.81-1.54)
ferritin: 469ng/ml (30-400)
Dhea-s: 300.1ug/dl (age 25-34yrs. old: 160-449ug/dl)
estradiol: 28.8pg/ml (7.6-42.6)
lh: 3.8miu/ml (1.5-9.3)
alt: 23u/l (17-63)
alk phosph: 46u/l (20-125)
bilirubin: 1.3mg/dl (.1-1.0)
free t3: 218pg/dl (210-440)
total t3: 103ng/dl (76-181)
cortisol:19.3 (7-10am: 6.2-19.4ug/dl)
vitamin d,25 oh: 46ng/ml (30-100)