I’m new here, age 41, lifted weights since I was 16, got side tracked from 26-32 or so, but have been going pretty steady since then with only occassional time off to let my body heal up. Anyway, I have been noticing a decline in strength over the past year, with lots of elbow & knee stiffness, and I seem to fatigue much more quickly during workouts. Oddly, the joint pain seems to get worse when I take supplements, especially arginine and zinc for some reason. At the same time, I was noticing that my libido was gone. I never seem to have interest in initiating sex with my wife anymore. So I went to my Dr. and asked him if I could get my testosterone level checked. A few days later it came back as follows:
Total Testosterone 759 Scale (250 - 1100)
Free Testosterone 60.7 Scale (35 - 155)
Of course to him it looks great, so he won’t take it any further, but to me, that Free Test can and should be much higher. He didn’t do SHGB & I doubt he thinks it is even justified, but since my Albumin is only 4.6, I’d have to think that my SHBG is really high. I guess my questions are:
- Should I bother asking him to do SHBG & E2 levels?
- Should I try to find a endocrinologist or a Dr who is more in tune with matters like this.
- Since my Total T level looks pretty good for a 41 yr old (in my opinion), should I focus on diet and supplements to address this (and if so, where should I start).
I mostly want to get my libido back. Some more energy and power in the gym would be nice, but I really miss the sex drive the most.