First off I'm 18 years old & have been weightlifting consistently 5 days a week for over a year now. During this time I've been highly dedicated never missing a workout & eating very healthy.
I have a typical muscle building diet including lots of lean protein, fruit, veggies, water & supplements such as fish oil, multivitamins & whey protein. But despite all this I have been disappointed in muscle gain & fat loss given my efforts. On top of that I've suffered an ongoing lack energy & general feeling of weakness throughout my body.
One day it occurred to me that low testosterone could be the problem, so after looking up the symptoms online & finding matches for quite a few I booked a doctors appointment to get blood work done. The doctor ran a test for total testosterone, thyroid function & a long list of other potential causes.
Total Testosterone: 15.7 nmol/L (10.0-35.0)
Thyroid Function: 2.70 mIU/L (0.27-4.20)
Obviously both are within the normal range particularly the thyroid function but it's frustrating to see that my T levels are at the lower end of the spectrum when I'm doing everything I can to boost them to their highest natural levels. I also discussed possible DHEA & growth hormone problems with the doctor but he rejected that idea fairly quickly. With my workouts I'm getting a feeling of what's the point since I'm seeing little improvement physically & battling constant fatigue.
So since there seems to be some fairly informed people posting here what do you guys make of my results & do I have any realistic chance of getting treatment from a doctor if my symptoms continue?