I’m a 42 year old male in pretty good health, sort of. I weigh 213 lbs and 6’1" tall. I have been lifting for years on and off and have made some progress in size and strength, but not much and lately I have not been able to lean up no matter what. I eat a pretty good diet of about 2000-2300 calories of whole foods, plenty of protein, and plenty of good fats. I don’t eat processed foods nor milk. I usually stay on the lower side of carb on my eating plan. I exercise regularly with whole body weight lifting workouts 3 times a week. Cardio about 2 times a week. I do have a very sedentary job, however.
So, I’ve been thinking about Test replacement therapy for a while mainly because I have older friends that have made great changes in their lives and body composition on a TRT protocol. They feel great and are lean and strong and have all the confidence in the world. Just what I need and my wife agrees I have done my research and I believe I am ready and I believe I will benefit from it tremendously as well. Specially for the feeling of wellbeing and confidence.
So I went to the doctor did lab work and she wanted to start me on 100mg a week of test cyp and 1mg of Arimidex. However, my blood work didn’t look so great with my thyroid and a couple of other things and maybe I should hold off the TRT until I figure this out first. First, my TSH was very high at 8.19 uIU/mL. My fT3 and fT4 were midrange, however, at 3.0 pg/mL and 0.96 ng/dL respectively. It thought they looked normal. But, my lab work also showed a TPO antibody of 97 IU/mL and a Thyroglobulin antibody of 2.2 IU/mL. My doctor said the word “Hashimotos” and that concerned me. However, she didn’t even scanned my thyroid or palpated it. All she did was prescribe Levothyroxine which I refused to take because I don’t see the point. That’s not going to help my issue if it is and autoimmune condition. That’s gonna just mask it. I may be wrong though. So now I am not sure what to do. For sure I’m not gonna start TRT. I don’t want to aggravate the condition.
I read the sticky on hypothyroidism and Iodine deficiency and now I have the question if doing the iodine replacement therapy would help me. Is there any other markers I need to check for to determine how to proceed next? Overall, I feel pretty good. I feel I don’t have the symptoms associated with hypothyroidism, but, I don’t seem to loose fat easily. Body temperature seems normal, but I will check it in the AM and PM, however, it is obvious I have something going on with my thyroid. I just don’t trust doctors and I want to find out on my own how to proceed. I also have deficiencies with B12 and vitamin D. One thing I didn’t get labs for was cortisol and to check for adrenal fatigue. I’m just more concerned about the antibodies.
What should I do next? I already started supplementing with B12, D3, Selenium, and some Kelp. Also a multi, fish oil, magnesium, and vitamin C. I read this helps protect the thyroid from antibodies attacking it.
I will appreciate any replies.