OK, so I’m 49 and have some of the symptoms of low T - I asked my GP to have it checked, he only had total T tested, but that was low. So now I’ve just done my first visit to an Endo Doc, and they pulled a bunch of blood and are going after the testing in a big way. What I’m wondering is, given how much T can vary, what are some of the factors that vary T production, are any of them things I should track to better help my Doc come to an accurate conclusion? I assume how often you have sex affects T levels, I don’t smoke, drink, or do any recreational drugs - is there anything else to track?
BTW, he’s also checking thyroid and adrenal function. I’ve read most of the FAQs and this guy came recommended by another doc, and he reportedly does a fair amount of male hormone replacement work, so I’m hoping he knows his stuff.
WRT me, here my general health issues - I’ve marked one with an asterisk that I don’t think there’s the possibility of a hormone related issue, but maybe there’s more for me to learn? Oh, and years ago I had Hepatitis A, and a bad testicular infection when I was 13.
Memory, concentration, focus
Soreness after exercise, time to heal, hands (joints) hurting
*GI tract problems
Difficulty reaching orgasm
overweight, workout w/o results
EDITING TO ADD THE INFO SUGGESTED IN THE “PROTOTYPE” STICKIE:
I’m 6’2" 215 lbs
not very hairy
weight is almost exclusively on my gut - I’ve got a beer belly and I don’t drink. I think it’s mostly adipose and not just sc - when I’ve done lots of abs work, you can feel the muscle under the layer of sc fat, but the gut is still there. In high school I was 6’2" and 128 lbs - after H.S I worked hard physical work on Alaska commercial fishing boats, but never really muscled up like the other guys. The last 20+ years have been an office cubicle.
PSY doc has me on Wellbutrin (50mg) and Focalin XL (20 mg capsule, but I split it to 10mg)
diet is reasonably healthy with the exception that my insomnia makes it really hard to sleep on an empty stomach - I know it’s horrible to do, but I eat a snack right before going to bed.
Training - I’ve struggled to have the energy. I’ve about given up, I’m hoping trt or SOMETHING is going to help me get some energy back. It’s really sad when at the company gym, in an exercise class with older overweight women, that I’m the one that can’t keep up? My aerobic endurance is even worse than my strength.