Catch up from original post, starting right:
30 year old male
I have noticed body hair thinning extensively over the last year or two, facial hair seems to have come in thicker while heair on the top of the head maybe slight thinning but not balding yet
I carry fat in my midsection and trunk mainly, this has not changed much, I have actually been experiencing extreme weight fluctuations over the last year and am now sitting at about 190lbs at a medium build with a decent diet.
Multiple Traumatic Brain Injuries
Pinched nerve in neck
My current supplement/medication list: (This is EVERYTHING going into my body that isnt food)
Multivitamin (Unicomplex-M Rugby Brand) VA Prescribed
Fish Oil 6kMG (Super Omega3 3T Brand) VA Prescribed
D3 2kIU (Major Brand) VA Prescribed
Ramelteon (Time release melatonin for sleep) VA Prescribed
My most recent labs are in the original post, I am getting an appointment set up this coming week where I need to ask for the following labs to get done:
fT4 [do not get tested for T3, T4, we don't care about thyroid hormones that are bound to TBP]
IFG-1 [growth hormone status, could be affected by damage to pituitary]
My current Diet:
Protein Drink (Naked Fruit juice brand)
Bagel with cream cheese
Random deli style sandwich made with good ingredients though
Usually a steak and potato
I am obviously not dieting for training right now. I am in fact not training at all, the most I can do is take my dog for a walk twice a day. I used to train jiu jitsu and compete state-wide, and I have spent almost the entire last decade in the military being very physically active, so this is torture for me and I do not know what to do. My testes I have not noticed particularly aching, though the fever with what seems like temperature shifts happen frequently. My sex drive is in the dumps, let's just put it that way.
I am located in Napa, CA.
So thank you so much for your response, I just read it and started reading through your article on iodine, got to
the part about how you normally have to ask somebody three times to take their temperature and I didnt want to be
that guy. Took my temperature and It's about noon, I've been up for hours, and I'm sitting at 97.4 body
temperature. This is about how I feel every day. Read a few paragraphs further about rT3 and how life stress can
cause that to be stored in the body, and I cannot imagine how through the roof that reading must be after almost a
decade in the military, a divorce, and a drug addiction problem in my rearview mirrior.
I read the thyroid and iodine sticky, after taking my body temperature just sitting here on the couch I feel this
could clearly be an issue. I ordered Optimox Iodoral from Amazon which comes in 12.5mg tablets. From my
understanding your article said up to 50mg a day was permissible so I am planning on dosing every 6 hours or so
depending on how well my stomach holds up with it. I also added NOW foods selenium 200mcg to my shopping list per
your article but am not clear on how it should be dosed. Should I take it once per day or with each Iodine tablet?
Both are ordered and should be here by the beginning of next week. Also from reading your article I am expecting
to probably be very sick due to the high level of bromine that is probably in my system. How bad have you seen
this get? Will it just be nausea and diarrhea or vomiting as well? I also browsed the stopthethyroidmadness page
and can identify with virtually every symptom of adrenal fatigue they have listed on there. I also see that they
seem to be VERY against T3 and T4 being used, which seems kind of like the opposite mindset than what most of this
site holds. I feel personally that I would be open to almost anything offered to me that would help but I am
realizing that this might put me in a very dangerous position. Thoughts?
FINDING A TRT DOC:
I found a local endocrinologist here in Napa that says right on their website they do consults for Low-T, and
thyroid issues. I do not know if sharing the specific doctor is following the board protocol so I will withhold
the name for now. I requested an appointment via their website but it's Sunday so I am sure I will not hear back
until tomorrow afternoon at the earliest. If I do not hear back from them by Wednesday I will follow up and make
some additional attempts to find another doctor.
I have 100% insurance from the VA which should include, at least theoretically, ALL things I could need medically as they relate to this, but I need to be able to show them what the situation is, and show them what needs to be done (possibly all on my own and all out of my own pocket).
My testosterone issues and the timeline all starts during and after my deployment to Iraq, I don't know which explosion or bang to the head to officially blame.
When the labs come I will post them here as text, is there a certain format that is used here on the boards that is preferred?
Any and all suggestions to daily routine / diet / supplementation / medication are appreciated
THANK YOU again for reading and responding, I cannot wait to get my daily energy levels off the floor from zero.