I feel kind of dumb posting this HUGE data dump, but I’ve been building this file now for a long time trying to find out what is
happening and what I can do. I wll tag @KSman to see my post.
weight: 130, 15# body fat?
weight changes: lost 15# in the last 7 months intentionally by improving food choices.
body & facial hair: heavy chest & stomach hair, not as much on back; legs moderately hairy. Face - must shave every day, but couldn’t grow a beard if necessary. Outer eyebrows NOT sparse. <-- update: my wife just told me upon being asked that she does feel my outer eyebrows are “thinning”.
describe where you carry fat: Stomach/love handles
-libido decreasing drastically over past two years
-very dry skin; dry lips always; constantly licking lips
-very emotional during tv shows (!); can be easily brought to tears by emotional stories (embarrassing)
-hesitation before urination; lots of stops and starts during urination; urination at least once per night
-night sweats once per night; must uncover, cool off and return to sleep.
-excellent solid 5am erections almost every day; but lose 40% tumescense within five minutes. Use it or lose it.
-No afternoon erections; No erection when actual time for sex. Have always suffered more ED problems at night than morning.
-limited penile sensitivity (translated: VERY difficult to orgasm)
-TIRED! I’ve caught myself constantly exclaiming “I’m tired” over the past 9 months more than ever. It is a full body exhaustion
-Sleepiness fatique; regardless of how many hours of sleep I do get, I’m sleepy. In the afternoon, between 3-4, I can barely keep my eyes open at times.
-Difficulty sleeping: sparadic but I have suffered insomnia all my life so I discount this symptom.
-difficulty retaining water / excessive urination
-cold hands and feet; must wear a jacket in restaurants, especially after eating noon meal, even though everyone else is in shorts.
-coldness can overtake my body without warning, making me find and wear a small jacket for an hour or two in the middle of the day.
-severe but sporadic bottom of feet cramps (like charlie horses) usually occurring shortly after getting in bed.
-Sperm count tested in 2008 and was quite low. I have no children. (Added: 12/3/17: I never remember having much ejaculate, but I do notice that it is lower now. It was interesting to find this statement on another page: “testosterone, hypogonadism, sperm production, and SHBG are linked”)
-No head trauma
-Brittle and easy-to-break nails
Unrelated to all of this, I asked my wife if she felt my voice was changing and she said yes. I read where “hoarseness” can be a symptom of thyroid issues which I have never considered until today.
Blurry eye sight
RX, OTC drugs: prescriptions for acyclovir (prophylactic for cold sores); prescription for Ambien (insomnia all my life).
Other: Men’s vitamins, boron, zinc, vit D,
Daily Vitamin includes Iodine as Potassium Iodide 150mcg; and Selenium as Sodium Selenate 200mcg. (Puritans Pride, Ultra Man 50 Plus).
Vit D: 2000IU (as D3 Cholecaiciferol) plus I supplement with Vitamin D3 2000iu
I am not on steroids; I am not on TRT; No alcohol; No Recreational drugs; No smoking;
describe diet: I am on a reduced carb diet. Protein bar for breakfast; normal lunch including vegetables, beef, salmon, etc.; usually protein bar in mid afternoon when sleepiness hits; and a salad for night meal. I snack throughout the day on almonds & pecans. Coffee 1-2x per week, always decaf. Softdrinks regularly, diet only.
Illness: I suffer from mild Lactose Intolerance and Irritable Bowel. I do not take medicine for either.
describe training: I use a treadmill with a HIIT program 2-3 per week; basic weight training 1-2 per week. Exercise - not training.
do testes ache? No, never.
- MRI to check for pituitary tumor; negative result.
- Ultrasound prostate; all normal.
- Digital rectal exam. all normal, not enlarged. Multiple testicle examinations. That sounds better than it was.
- Penile doppler. Normal blood flow in and out of the penis.
- Four or more urination strength tests; including volume monitoring and pressure of flow; ultrasound bladder to see how empty it was after full urination;
- Multiple visits to Urologist and Endocrinologist, who informed me on my last visit that I would probably need to transfer my file to a diagnostic/teaching hospital for more help because she was at a loss. (Think “Dr House”).
I have tested often, not all tests at the same time however from 2009-2017. Results from the latest panel will follow this background. I have tested for STD & HIV; all tested negative. Results from other panels included to show additional tests taken previously.
Also in 2017, I tested Testosterone, Estradiol, dheas, progesterone and a four-part Cortisol test. Estradiol test (shown as “high”) was in direct contradiction to every blood test I have had.
11-9-17 Test Sequence:
(These results are similar to proceeding 24 months of tests. However, E2 has dropped and FSH was at its highest.)
Testosterone 908 ng/dl (Ref: 193-740 ng/dL for males over 50)
Free Testosterone 8.74 ng/dL (Ref: 4.70 - 13.63 ng/dL for males over 50)
Free testosterone percent: 1.0% (REF: 1.23 - 2.59)
Bioavailable Testosterone 215 ng/dL (Ref: 103.46 - 317 dn/dL for males over 50)
Biovailable T percent: 23.7%
Albumin 4.53 g/dL (Ref: 3.40-4.80)
SHBG 104 nmol/L HIGH (Ref: 20.6-76.7 nmol/L for males over 50)
GH 0.53 ng/mL (Ref: <3.00)
Cortisol 7.820 ug/dL (Ref: 6.02-18.4)
Estradiol <5.0 pg/mL LOW (Ref: 25.8-60.7)
FSH 27.01 mIU/mL HIGH (Ref: 1.5-12.4)
LH 8.39 mIU/mL (Ref: 1.7-8.8)
PSA 0.720 ng/mL (Ref 0.0-4.0)
4-7-17 Test Sequence:
TSH 1.760 uIU/mL (Ref: 0.270-4.20)
E2 7.8 pg/mL (Ref: 25.8-60.7)
12-29-16 Test Sequence:
E2 25.0 pg/mL (Ref: 25.8-60.7)
FSH 16.68 mIU/mL (Ref: 1.5-12.4)
Prolactin 10.0 ng/mL (Ref: 4.0-15.2)
Ferritin 109.7 ng/ml (Ref: 30.0-400.0)
HbAIC 5.0 (Ref: <5.7)
IGF1 202.0 ng/mL (Ref: 87-238)
12-1-16 Test Sequence:
DHEA-Suphate 106.7 ug/dL (Ref: 48.6-361.8)
E2 10.4 pg/mL (Ref: 25.8-60.7)
FSH 19.34 mIU/mL (Ref: 1.5-12.4)
10-10-16 Test Sequence:
Calcium 9.9 mg/dL (Ref: 8.8-10.2)
Cortisol 3.220 ug/dL (Ref: 6.02-18.4) LOW
Progesterone 0.27 ng/ml (Ref: 0.20-1.40)
Free T3 3.29 pg/mL (Ref: 2.00-4.40)
Free T4 1.29 ng/dL (Ref: .93-1.70)
05-28-16 Test Sequence:
GH 4.56 ng/mL (HIGH) (Ref: <3.00)
04-21-16 Test Sequence:
GH 8.63 nl/mL (HIGH) (Ref: <3.00)
E2 23.8 pg/ml (Ref: 25.8-60.7)
Have not started temperature testing. Will do tomorrow.
Did not post standard panel (cbc, etc) but can if you request.
I’m open to any comments and suggestions. This has been an ongoing problem that does not appear to be heading to a fix. Even the Urologist gave up “you are just getting older”. I refuse to accept that.