Would just like to say first of all thanks to all who contribute to this forum there’s so much knowledge in here. Compared to what we can extract from GPs in our usual 5 minute visits there is an encyclopedia worth of info on here about hormones, etc.
I’ve suspected I’ve had low levels of T for a few years due to my symptoms (low libido, fatigue, joints cracking, back pain (could be due to desk job), brain fog, slight anxiety, dry skin). I’d say the worst of which is brain fog and libido. However my total testosterone numbers are what I would say ‘low normal’ (15-18 nmol/L), however free T is rock bottom of the range.
Therefore I think it might be worth looking into some of my other numbers that are on the low end of normal first like folate and B12 which are at the very low end of normal, and also have similar symptoms to low T. Vitamin D level is also something I want to get tested, which I will ask my GP for soon. What do you guys recommend as a plan of action? (Hopefully the image of my bloods have uploaded ok!)
Also should add I have tried clomid in the past and it always gave my pretty horrible low mood/ headaches so had to get off it after a few days so never figured out if that would increase T or not.
Weight: 14st (196lbs for the yanks)
Previous health conditions: Varicocele to my left testicle, had corrective key-hole surgery on the NHS when I was 22 or 23 (had it since my mid-teens however and feel like it has damaged that testicle as it seems slightly smaller than the right one).
Activity level: Used to enjoy lifting weights but have been off and on over the years due to lack of motivation…, now have young kids and not got the time (or motivation/ energy) at the moment but usually I feel better when lifting weights and it alleviates my symptoms at bit after 2-3 months of regular lifting (3 times a week).
Diet: Quite healthy usually eat meat and vegetables for dinner and try to eat fish 2-3 times a week. Avoid processed foods mostly, but still eat a small amount of chocolate, biscuits etc daily. Tried paleo in the past and it also seemed to help but was hard to stick to. But the fact it helped makes me think I may have a food intolerance that’s affecting nutrient absorption (hence the low folate/ vitamin b12).
Forgot Thyroid numbers:
TSH: 1.29 mIU/L (0.27-4.2)
Free T3: 5.45 pmol/L (3.1-6.8)
Free Thyroxine: 16.8 pmol/L (12-22)
I got these tests done last year, but was very busy at the time and put this off til now (struggled along… was lifting weights for a few months too which helped a bit!)
Any advice would be much appreciated.
Cant remember the names of all the experts here… blame the brain fog!