I have been copping some fairly insane side effects from what I believed to be low testosterone for around 2 years now. I have seen 12 doctors, 4 endo's, and now exploring naturopaths and chinese medecine because no one seems to know what the heck is going on.
It all started around 2 years ago when I noticed I wasn't interested in sex as much as I used to be. I put it down to over training and left it at that. It didn't go away, and it got worse. so I went to my doctor who got me tested. Total test was good, free test was absolutely miserable.
Total Test ranges were from 21-28 pmol/L (ref range 10-33)
Free test was 42-50 pmol/L (ref range 60-130)
E2 136pmol/L (ref range <150)
SHBG 72 nmol/L (ref range 13-71)
By bloods have stayed around the same for two years and I was trying desperately to work out the problem. LH and FSH were fine. DHEAs were high. Although i started to get a bit sub-clinical hypothroidism (fixed now with armour). Adrenals are fine even though I was fairly dependent on stimmed pre workouts for many years.
What I am wondering is... the reference ranges for E2...are they based on females? If they are, im surprised I haven't grown tits yet.
I get no wood. None. I never get restful sleep (8-10hrs) - always waking up tired and needing naps through the day. My skin has gotten very dry. I've put on around 30-40lb in 6 months.
I eat all organic, I do not drink, I am (was) a very physically fit guy who had played high level football. No history of any cancers, disease, and have never tried steroids. I don't eat gluten any more either
I'm at a loss. I know there's so much more I need to say but I have a bit of brain fog at the moment.
Since the doctors have not had any idea, I've had to do my own work. I have looked into haemochromatosis and iron overload, which I am experimenting with having less red meat.
One doc tried me on clomid - made things worse. I wanted to literally die, so he said the problem isn't with my balls. Finger is now pointing to liver/kidneys and maybe prostate.
I'm 32, and this is ruining the best relationship I have ever had.
This may not even be the right forum, but I'm at a loss...