Hey guys, I’m new here and looking for some help and guidance. I’ve had symptoms of low T my entire adult life, but for some reason never put it all together or even considered that I could have low T until I had some blood work done a couple of months ago. Symptoms are as follows:
-Low libido that has gotten much worse over the last couple of years
-Low strength, love handles
-Cold intolerance, cold hands and feet
-Dark circles under eyes
-Shrinkage of penis and testicles that seems to come and go
-Digestive Problems, chronic loose stools
I’ve lost 30lbs in the past 6 months, but have been holding steady at 160lbs(6ft tall) for the last 6-8 weeks. I’ve been eating very well, lots of healthy fats, mostly whole foods, no alcohol or refined sugars. My digestive system has improved drastically due to these changes, and my energy levels have improved a bit.
Here is the questionnaire with some redundant information:
-describe body and facial hair: A lot of chest and stomach hair, moderate hair on legs, sparse hair on back, moderate facial hair with a few bald spots and no mustache.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed: Fat goes to my love handles primarily.
-health conditions, symptoms [history]: All known symptoms already listed.
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever: No
-lab results with ranges: Provided
-describe diet [some create substantial damage with starvation diets] Diet described above, but did not mention that I have been practicing time restricted eating without reducing my caloric intake. I usually eat within an 8hr window everyday.
-describe training [some ruin their hormones by over training]: None, but I do work on an assembly line which requires continuous walking, pushing/pulling and lifting.
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? No.
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed. I have morning wood maybe 1-2 times a week.
Here are some labs:
1st set taken on 8-16-17 at 11:30 AM after 8 hours of sleep and 12hrs fasting.
Testosterone 280 ng/dL [264 - 916]
Free Testosterone 8.8 pm/mL [9.3 - 26.5]
TSH 1.84 iIU/mL [0.47 - 4.50]
And the rest:
2nd blood work taken 10/12/17 around 10am with no sleep and I was awake for 19 hours at that point. My work schedule is very difficult to work around.
Testosterone 246 ng/dL [264 - 916]
Free Testosterone 6.2 pg/mL [9.3 - 26.5]
Prolactin 10.21 ng/mL [0.0 - 21]
FSH 3.0 mIU/mL [1.5 - 12.4]
LH 3.82 MIU/ML [2 - 12]
PSA 0.8 ng/mL [0.0 - 4]
I had an MRI to check for a pituitary tumor, and should get the results for that this coming Monday at my next appointment with the Endocrinologist. I did push for more extensive blood work that included E2, GnRH, SHBG, a full thyroid panel, and a vitamin/mineral panel. The only thing he agreed to check was my Vitamin D3, but I will try again on Monday.
Anything you guys can tell me from the numbers that I might be missing?