Weight: 172 lbs
Waist: 31 inches
Body hair: a lot of it, but thin relative to most people
Facial hair: also, a lot but thinner hair than most guys with a full beard
Body fat: I am 16.0% body fat per DXA scan.
Diet: never skipped meals or did any crazy low-carb diets. I eat clean/healthy 80%+ of the time. I consume 200+g of protein per day, and have experimented with daily caloric intake between 2,400 – 4,200 per day. I don’t really gain or lose much weight (167-174lbs), but I always carry some fat around my mid section.
Training: I have been lifting consistently for 16+ years and am at the same weight as when I graduated college. I work out quite intensely lifting ~75 min 6 times per week plus maybe 3 HIIT sessions per week and some basketball. Spent 8 years in the Navy and trained pretty hard over that time. I’ve tried every training program out there to add size. Nothing works At one point, I got down to 162lbs from intense military training and still didn’t have any ab definition. I suspect I lost mostly muscle and not fat.
No testes ache
Definitely less frequent morning wood / nocturnal erections but couldn’t tell you when it happened. 3 years ago? 10 years ago? Not sure.
In addition to not being able to put on muscle, I’ve always been very tired. I can fight through it, but I have always slept 8 hours+, can nap on command, and rarely feel refreshed/wide awake.
I thought I might have digestive issues or something preventing me from putting on size, but I’ve now tested low on T twice, but am hesitant to inject because I want to have kids in the next 6 months. I also don’t like the idea of injections for life if there is something else that could fix it.
1st doctor I saw just did basic blood tests and wanted to give me a t-patch until I told him I wanted to have kids and he said there was nothing he could do for me for another 3 years when I am done with kids. I don’t want to wait that long to feel less tired. 2nd doctor is an LA hormone replacement doctor who tried to inject me with T 1st time I saw him before even getting the more detailed labs back. I worry he like a man with a hammer who will treat everything with T-shots rather than finding what is underlying cause. He wants me to do chlomid+ T shots immediately. He also wants to start me on HGH for $1,400-1,600 per month.
Any thoughts on clomid by iteself? Can that “fix” the low-T issues? Do I need T-replacement? Do I need HGH?
Labs with ranges in ()
TT: 264 (250-1,110 ng/dL)
FT: 24.8 (35.0-155.0 pg/mL)
E2 – 14 pg/mL
LH/FSH – 4.0 (2.0-12.0 mIU/mL)
prolactin – 5.3 (3.8 – 18.9 ng / mL)
White Blood Cell Count 5.03 (4.16-9.95)
Red Blood Cell Count 4.97 (4.41-5.95)
Hemoglobin 14.3 (13.5-17)
Hematocrit 44.7 (38.5-52.0)
Mean Corpuscular Volume 89.9 )79.3-98.6)
Mean Corpuscular Hemoglobin 28.8 (26.4-33.4)
MCH Concentration 32.0 (31.5-35.5)
Red Cell Distribution Width-SD 42.0 (36.9-48.3)
Red Cell Distribution Width-CV 12.7 (11.1-15.5)
Platelet Count, Auto 207 (143-398)
Mean Platelet Volume 10.4 (9.3-13.0)
Nucleated RBC%, automated 0.0 No Ref. Range %
DHEA-S – 2,000 (1,000 – 5,500 ng/mL)
TSH: 1.8 (0.3 – 4.7 mcIU/mL
fT3: 285 (222-383 pg / dL)
fT4: 1.5 (0.8 – 1.6 ng/dL)
IGF-1: 176 (132-333 ng/mL)
thyroid basics -
Date Time Temperature
5/28/2017 9:39am 96.5
5/28/2017 12:16pm 96.9
5/29/2017 1:19pm 96.5
5/29/2017 9:30pm 97.4
5/30/2017 7:00am 96.8
5/30/2017 11:00am 97.9
5/31/2017 6:10am 97.1
5/31/2017 9:43pm 97.5
6/1/2017 6:15am 96.5
Are your outer eyebrows sparse? No: my eyebrows are quite thick
Have you used iodized salt for years? No
Do you get cold easily? No, I am usually warmer than people around me
When did problems start? Any blows to your head before that? No blows to the head. Problem could have started 10+ years ago or I might always have had low T.
Were things better earlier? No
More hair before? No