+/- 25% BF (skinfold and bio impedance)
-Body and facial hair pretty much average (have a beard, and have chest hair)
I carry my fat as spare tire, especially in the back. Muffin top if you will. My wife used to love my big muscular ass and glutes, those have now diminished significantly.
Started lifting when I was 16 and lifted consistently some years, and slacked off others. Was consistent with lifting and diet 2005-2007 and did a cycle of EQ and and Cyp? when I was 21. Kept my gains and felt fine post cycle. Used Nolva and Dostinex. I dont have the exact cycle as it was kept in an encrypted email server that is now defunct.
-Had surgery for a deviated septum Nov of 2007 and basically stopped lifting and eating right at that point. Got fat, up to 185 in 2009. Started slowly realizing that something wasn’t right in 2011. Was eating better and hitting the gym and it helped but not nearly as much as I felt it should have. I lost my vibrancy, energy, confidence, and mental sharpness that I used to have. I chalked it up to just getting older, after all, I’m not in my early 20’s anymore.
What really got me thinking about possible hormonal issues was a Joe Rogan podcast with Dr. Mark Gordon who talked about traumatic brain injury which made me think about a possible concussion from watersports in 2007. I also had a motorcycle crash in 2008 and slipped and hit the back of my head (almost knocked out, was talking gibberish for a few seconds) in 2010(?)
I had shoulder surgery in 2013 and another septoplasty June 2015
I had been diagnosed with varicoceles in 2004-2005 but were told they are nothing to worry about, but I went an saw a urologist as my testicles, and especially my left (more severe varicocele) would ache from time to time, and especially after orgasm (sometimes felt like I had gotten kicked in the balls after orgasm). While there I also described symptoms that I felt were getting worse and worse. Talked about feeling like a shadow of my former self. Low energy, low libido, infrequent morning wood, softer erections, loss of muscle mass, brain fog, less confident, much harder to lose fat and make gains in the gym, low motivation, etc.
Uro order T test (just straight T) early 2014. Did the test in the AM and it came back 248 (or close) out of 249-836 ng/dL. Doc didnt think it was bad enough to do anything about.
Went and saw another Urologist who ordered some labs, and referred me to an endocrinologist. All my labs to date are below.
My prolactin is really high so Dr. ordered an MRI which came back clean (at least nothing they can see). Pituitary is a bit twisted but apparently nothing too out of the ordinary.
Dr. then put me on clomid, which I hated. Made me a grumpy bitch. Doc also tested my semen and they got a gold star. Doc said his fertility patients would kill for swimmers like mine. (not a lot of help when ya don’t feel like using them). He also referred me to a pituitary specialist (female) who immediately said she didn’t think low T had anything to do with my symptoms based on my overall muscle mass, muscular neck, and body hair (this actually suprised and upset me. I dont WANT it to be low T and I know its complicated. I also dont want to be on TRT but just cause I’m not a withered, hairless lady man doesnt mean I dont have an issue. Especially since she doesnt know my baseline. To her I look normal. I didnt used to. I looked great and felt great. Now I look “normal” and feel shitty. I’m not interested in that, I want optimal.)
At this point endocrine Doc said we can try dostinex or go to TRT.
With dostinex I’m concerned about the heart valve scarring issue.
I know this has been kind of a long, choppy post but to sum it up,
At 31 I’d strongly prefer not be on TRT for the rest of my life especially since my testicles still work (just arent very well right now)
My prolactin is pretty high, and my T is low
MRI doesnt show a prolactinoma, or damage but I have had some head injuries
I’ve read up on this in both the stickies here and other sites but it feels like a big jumble in my head right now. I would love feedback/thoughts from the community.
I’m glad this place exists, it helps just getting everything out on “paper”
Thanks!! and Thanks to KSman for being a part.