Thanks KSman, I appreciate your help, one thing is sure, doctors certainly don’t seem to want to go in depth about these things. If you don’t mind I’m going to draw a bigger picture here and will keep it as brief as possible.
Almost a year ago I asked my PCP (primary care physician) to test my hormone levels and he said I didn’t need them checked. I’m a big guy, beard, etc, I guess he figured I didn’t LOOK like my hormones were off. So I blew it off until this past May and then asked again and when the nurse said he didn’t feel I needed it I told them I wanted a new doctor.
In May I got blood drawn and went for results around beginning of June. There was only 2 numbers and I didn’t know anything about all this so they didn’t mean much to me.
Testosterone 0.32 (range 0.18-0.78) collected 11AM
Thyroid TSH 4.06 (range 0.40-4.00)
The Doc decides to draw blood again for a more detailed report. I don’t remember all the numbers but I DO remember Free T was 8.3 out of a range of 12 to 30. He decides I need to go see the urologist and until he appointment he would give me testosterone shots once a month (appointment was 2 months later).
I go to the Urologist; he has me tested again and gets these results:
TOT 252, 240-950
BioA 83, 50-190
FreeT 6.9 12-30
T .22, .18-.78
Prolactin 7, 3-30
FSH 6.3, 1.3-19.3
LH 6.8 , 1.2-8.6
(Keep in mind I had 2 T shots at this point and this blood was taken 30 days after my last shot.)
The Urologist tells me I need to go to an Endocrinologist and in the meantime he put me on 5mg Androderm patches. By this time I had a little more knowledge and from reading I got the impression a testosterone shot every 2 weeks was probably the best way to go so I asked the doctor what he thought and he said the patch would be more consistent.
So, here I am, 2 weeks into the patch, still feeling like crap. Also a side note; there is no way I’m going to stick one of these big patches on my body every day for the rest of my life, it’s just to bulky and a pain to mess with. (Of course if it made me feel like a million bucks I might suffer through it)
Here are some stats:
% Body fat, I don’t know but about 30 maybe and all the fat is located around the chest and belly area, (legs and arms are super lean)
No smoking, drugs or drinking
Question for KSman, based on the prolactin above do you think it’s high?