I’ve had symptoms for years, tried all types of medications (SSRI,SRNI,TCA,MAOI) the list goes on… Nothing helps. Just recently I spoke with someone who has had the same experience with psychopharmaceuticals and he recommended checking out my T levels.
I work out 3-4 times a week, for the last 8 years. Right now I’m doing mostly cardio to get back into shape after covid.
I’m 185 cm 94kg, right now on the heavier side, but even at my lowest bodyfat i had to struggle to shed the fat on my lower back. I heard this could be due to high estrogen levels.
I don’t drink or smoke, no junk foods or pops. Still progress has been really slow
The Total T is bound to SHBG while the free portion (Free T) is active and interacts with various tissues.
It’s a bit premature to make any judgements of labs presented, without knowing the Free T value.
Nobody with absolute certainty can tell you a particular Free T value is normal for you. I would also check your estrogen levels. As for the Free T labs, the Equilibrium Dialysis or Ultrafiltration method should be used as the Direct Immunoassay can be unreliable.
@tareload I prefer the Vermulean calculation (we do chat in excelmale, I go as bixt).
The calculated Free T using the Vermulean formula is 12.7ng/dl, and probably more reflective of the actual value. Unless an Equilibrium Dialysis or ultrafiltration FT test is done, I feel we can somewhat reliably assume FT is around 12.7ng/dl.
Thank you all for the response, i’m gonna get further tests done. Estrogen is a great idea, I’m gonna check it out.
The low T symptoms have been with me for years, and it feels as it is getting worse.
Mainly a lot of mind fog and anxiety. Sex drive is low. It has really hampered my life in many areas, i’m generally tired and slow to reach conclusions. Taking low-skill jobs even though I have education. If I could go back to my trade I would earn twice the pay, but it seems impossible at this point since im not functioning cognitively
Thank you very much for this information! I agree, I do not want TRT if it isn’t really needed, I’m gonna get more tests so I can rule out the possibility of low T.
Interestingly enough I am a vegetarian, a lazy vegetarian at that, so i’d rather give the diet an overhaul before putting needles in me. If the readings are okay at this stage, presumably some diet changes might be enough to rule out low T.