Hey, guys. First post here, mainly because I didn't get response on another site I frequent.. so here goes.
Male, 38, 6'3" 245-250 lbs. Probably 15-20%bf (never checked, but I have fat around my waist and chest, but my legs are fairly fat free.. lol)
For the past few years (well, since my early 20s) I don't remember ever having that sense of "well being" I remember in my younger years. I developed lactose intolerance as well as IBS in my mid 20s which really sucks (but controlled through diet for the most part).
I feel tired all the time, unless I'm either
1. Working out (which I have to force the first set or 2, then I feel great!)
2. Drinking alcohol. After 2-3 drinks I feel great, which leads to more drinking, which isn't good. so I don't drink that much now, maybe one binge a week with buddies watching UFC fights.
I fall asleep easy enough, but seem to wake often. I have been tested for sleep apnea, which I don't have.
I can't shed fat to save my life. I've been working out all my life on an off, with actually the last 3 years being my longest stretch. And I think I keep it up now because, well, it's what makes me feel good for at least a couple hours during the day.
I want more energy, drive, and gumption. I have 2 young kids that when we play, I want to get down and wrestle, chase, etc, but my body and mind say "nah, sit on the couch, watch, and take a nap." I don't wanna be this guy.
Libido? Well, porn turns me on.. lol.. but I really only want to have sex after I've been drinking.. and my wife is smokin.
I don't believe it's depression. I run my own business and do very well. I have a great family, wonderful house and great friends. I tried Wellbutrin a few years back to quit smoking and it totally freaked me out after a week and a half (when you're supposed to up the dose). I had to stop taking it.. it was HORRIBLE! I still smoke, but only a few a day (less than 1/2 a pack, which my GP actually says no big deal to, but I do plan to quit soon).
I set up an appt for bloodwork. I am going to ask specifically for total test, free test and E2. I also want to check estrogen, because of the lactose intollerance I consume a lot of soy in the form of Silk and Soy Protein shakes/protein bars.
So, any other info I should bring it? I've made a list with these points to bring in but I don't wanna be let down again if my test is low like I think it is and they say "ahh.. you're fine". If it's average or up, I'll look elsewhere, but reading all these posts and info on the net, it makes a lot of sense this could be it (they even correlate IBS to low test).
Thanks for any info!