Hey Everyone. Been lurking here for a while now trying to educate myself on everything I see popping up on the boards. My initial thoughts were that I was Low T because what I believe is an almost non-existant sex drive and EQ problems. Through my research I have found that there are numerous reasons for these complications as well as other symptoms that I have exhibited but am now beginning to think are just not normal.
-describe body and facial hair:Can't grow a full beard but noone in my family can. Facial hair seems to be growing in a little faster recently. Large amount of hair around my naval, lighter hair on my chest (Not sporadic but not a forrest either), legs are pretty hairy, upper arms and shoulders sporadic hair, almost no hair on my back.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed: Have always carried most of fat around my midsection with a thinner coating on upper chest. My legs and arms are fairly lean.
-health conditions, symptoms. Low Sex Drive, EQ issues, lethargic (Getting out of bed normally takes 10-15 minutes to get enough motivation to do it, get tired around 10am and sometimes I practically fall asleep driving home from work ~3:30PM), brain fog and difficulty concentraiting on the task at hand, the list goes on.
-Rx and OTC drugs: 2x dose Opti-men multi, 1G Arginine 3x day, 2G fish oil 3x day, 5k iu D3 2x daily, recently started drinking GNCs Superfoods product before bed.
-lab results with ranges: Pending
-describe diet: I eat around 2300-2500 calories a day when I'm counting. I try to adhere to a keto diet although not as closely as I once did. I would think all of the extra saturated fats would have helped in the T/Libido area so I am beginning to think something else might be the culprit. A typical day for me will typically consist of 4 extra large scrambled eggs with some cheese on a low carb/high fiber tortilla, snack on almonds through out the day, today was some cheesburger with a dijonaisse sauce for lunch, dinner might normally be something like meatloaf, sausage and peppers, or a cream cheese stuffed chicken breast. Also have my PWO shake which is whey, creatine, and dextrose plus a GNC superfood shake before bed.
-describe training: Try to train 4 days per week but it normally winds up being 3. Day 1= legs (squats, good mornings, leg curls, calf raise and maybe leg press), Day 2= Chest/Shoulders (Powercleans, flat bench, inc bench, inc lat raises, shrugs, pec deck) Day 3= off Day 4= back (Deads, 1 arm row, seated rows, pullovers, trap 3 raise, face pulls) Day 5= arms but this normally winds up being the workout im ok with missing then I'm off sat and sun.
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? No
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: I do occassionally get morning wood. My erections have been somewhat better recently as I have discontinued all Pre-WO drinks and stims (caffeine as much as possible and 1,3 DMAA)a few weeks ago. I have also been taking 10k iu D3 daily for a handful of weeks now. As far as EQ goes I can get it up but then he tends to disappear without constant stimulation. Weird thing is sometimes I can just be driving around or sitting at my desk and a random one will pop up and hang around for a while on it's on.... Not sure if this has any bearing on anything but to my knowledge this has not happened while standing or laying down, only seated.
I am trying to get in to see my doc to get the following tests locked on:
-LH & FSH
-FT or Bio T
-Vit D 25 OH
-Cortisol 4 sample test
If you could please let me know if there is anything I failed to pick up on reading the stickies that would be beneficial. Also, if anyone has any advice for how best to approach this with my Dr. so he doesn't think I'm a hypochondriac.... I was thinking of just going about it from the "I want to see what my baseline is like and to satisfy my own personal curiosity". My insurance carrier uses quest labs so I would also like to know what everyone thinks the ballpark cost for all of the above tests might be because I do have a bit of a deductible to cover first. Would it be cheaper for me to come out of pocket for another option like privatemdlabs??
Any help you guys can offer is greatly appreciated.