Just got the results back from my last T-test and my total was 290. And, Free T was also at the low-low end of “normal”. “Normal”, so the doctor says.
This test was my second after a T-level of 320 about two months ago, and having all the symptoms common with low T. This second round of blood test work also included LH, Proactin, and all the other test to determine any additional problems.
Long story short, being in my mid-30’s, and relaitively good shape, the doc says, “your within normal range, low normal, but normal. I don’t think that you need it YET. Maybe in a few years when you down below, like 250”.
So, my answer back to the doc was, “how would you (the doc) like to be at this level and dealing with the assocciated symtoms?” Then I proceeded with, “How do we know that ~300 is normal for me?”
He responded with, “Come in early next week and we’ll proceed forward with treatment”. Since my results, and the preceding conversation took place over the phone, I have an appointment Monday.
This post is two-fold. First, I believe more and more younger folks are experiencing low levels of T. And, go un-noticed because many doc’s aren’t as knowledgable as they should be on the subject matter. And, second, the way that I was able to respond to the doc’s reluctance to proceed with TRT was due to some of the great info that I read on this website.
I think you’re right. I’m in my late twenties, and have had the symptoms of low T for years. (Irritability, over weight, frequent sickness, and no gains at the gym even after working with several trainers for five years or more.) Then two years ago my doctor diagnosed me with low T, but said it wasn’t the kind of thing he would treat. Now I see a specialist, but since my doctor refuses to give me a referral, I have to pay out of pocket for all the blood tests and office visits.
Sounds like you’ve got an HMO plan there, out for the buck and screw the patient. Any way to opt out of it?
I’ve come pretty close to ‘blowing up’ at several doctors, especially the one who told me a 300 level total T reading was ‘just fine’. Another one, with the same blood reading in his hands, actually said I should cut back on the Androgel I was taking at the time.
Is it some kind of conspiracy to turn us all into eunuchs? Damn doctors!!
(Sorry about the rant, guys!)