Hi to all, came across this awesome site while searching on the net.
Anyway I have some blood work results that I would like some opinions on.
I am training pretty hard, eating well and the problems I am facing I really think are related to my lower testosterone levels. Strength not really increasing, feeling tired constantly and overall less energy.
All doctors that I have seen have said I look fine and that my testosterone levels are within the normal range....
Just today I thought I would dig deeper into this and found a table from 1996 where they list the average testosterone levels by age.
Looking at my results:
Testosterone 10nmol/L (6-30)
SHBG - 24 (15-70)
FAI 41.7 (18 - 210)
Free Test - 233 (170 - 500)
Now placing those values against the table of averages
I have the testosterone lower than the 85-100 year category
Free Test I am around the 65-74 year bracket
So yes my test levels are normal but that of a 85 year old while being 33 years old.
Doctors also say that while training, not being obese you raise your testosterone. I can only imagine if I stopped training and this was true my values would be even lower.
I really feel I should be getting stronger with what I am doing, but it is not happening. I have a feeling the lower test levels are the culprit? Is this a possibility?
I am also having a hard time talking to doctors, they all say why am I complaining about testosterone levels that I look good etc.. But they just don't get it.
So what is the best way to convince a doctor to give me a test run on some HRT to see how it goes say for 3-4 months. Any advice guys?
While being on HRT will this stop my natural test production any problems with maybe having children etc?
I would just like to see what it would feel like if I had say double the testosterone to what I have now. So instead of the 10-12 range being in the 20-24 range. Will I feel a dramatic difference?
I should also mention that when I saw an Endo, he checked my testicles and also did a blood test to check the pituitary gland. Everything was fine going by what he said. As usual when I asked him about my low test levels for my age, he said they are fine, yes lower but not drastically low to warrant any further action. When I questioned him about strength gains almost non existent he said that could be contributed to the fact of my lower but normal testosterone levels.
I have gone through a few of the stickies on here and have made note of the blood work that I need done. Funny thing is last time I went and had a blood test I asked to have my estrogen levels checked. I was told I am male no need to have that tested.
So now I plan to visit a new doctor and hopefully get somewhere, otherwise I might just have to keep searching. Up and till now I just get brushed off, might have to change the wording around when I talk to doctors.
Any people with a similar situation to me, how did it go?