Hi guys, I’ll try keep this as short as possible. I am a long time reader and first time poster - since I finally got answers as to why I am a 22 year old who falls asleep on the couch after every dinner meal, can’t concentrate, gains weight, doesn’t gain muscle in the gym despite working hard, and most importantly to me is experiencing getting and maintaining erections and low libido.
Noticed a change in my body almost a year ago, went for a hormone blood test, and guess what? My Test levels come back HIGH! Doc asks if I was on roids (I’m natural, never touched them).
IIRC, I did this test un-fasted, at around 2pm.
Here’s the results from September last year (these are in what they measure in in my country so apologies if the conversion to ng/d/l goes wrong):
Free Test = 787 pmol/l, Normal range (90-580) pmol/l which is 943 ng/dl
Total Test = 32.7 nmol.l, Normal range (11-32) nmol/l which is 23ng/dl
FT4 = 14.3 pmol/l, normal (9-25)
TSH = 1.19 mIU/L, normal (0.4-4)
At this point I was experiencing all the symptoms I am having now back then, but now look at my test level results, tested less than a week ago… they have absolutely plummeted.
I knew something was wrong with my body, I usually have a high sex drive and desire, and never had any erection issues. The best part is, when I ordered the test with this new doctor, he basically said it is not possible for me to have this because I am so young, and said it was all in my head. I asked him today what he thought about that and he apologised and said I was wrong.
Total Test = 6.2 nmol/l, normal (8-30) which is 179 ng/dl
SHBG = 48 nmol/l, normal (17-66)
Free Test = 92 pmol/l, normal (170-500) which is 3 ng/dl - It was 787pmol/l in September? WTF happened?
FSH = 4 IU/L, normal (1-8)
LH = 3 IU/L (2-8)
Other than my bad cholestorol being higher than it should, nothing else was a worry in the blood test.
Can anyone give me any insight to what is going on with my body? I am absolutely freaking out here, I want to go back to the way I was, and I am afraid something so bad is happening that I won’t.
What could be happening? I am going to an endocrinologist ASAP FYI. After a lot of research, I feel that a pituitary tumour such as perhaps maybe high prolactin levels could be causing this? It is just what seems to make the most sense. What do you guys think?
I appreciate any help here, cos I have suffered almost a year thinking my levels are high from when I initially got tested, only to find out they are REALLY low.