I’m sure this story is super unique. I had always been active, loved playing sports, was never huge but lifted weights regularly. I had good relative strength but was never a big guy. I lurked on t-nation and used a lot of Dan John and Paul Carter advice for natural lifters.
Then 30s hit and it became a cycle of inflammation, back pain, and knee pain followed by a period where I felt good and strong. Well gradually the pain periods started to become more prominent.
But I didn’t think I was “that guy” who has low T and no sex drive. I worked out 3-4 times per week, ate a good diet(not bodybuilder but legit 80/20 plenty of protein). But like I said, things sneak up on me. I did blood work as part of a Christmas gift membership to a website that analyzes that kind of thing and makes recommendations, I thought the more info the better.
Well lo and behold, I’m that guy. I have severely low T, free T, and SHBG. I feel like I should be more miserable. One of the people I talked to asked if I had hit my head and damaged my pituitary gland.
So I will be doing TRT, just haven’t figured out where yet. I know the basics of what I want to run. I’m thinking about doing Somatropin since it will help me going in to my 40s. But it is very expensive.
Here are my test results if you are curious:
|Marker name||Jan 25 2019|
|Creatine kinase (U/L)||131|
|Vitamin B12 (pg/mL)||996|
|Vitamin D (ng/mL)||27|
|Total cholesterol (mg/dL)||204|
|White blood cells (thousands/uL)||6.4|
|Free testosterone (ng/dL)||2.8|
|Red blood cells (x10E6/µL)||5.15|
|Neutrophils (cells/µL)||3 501.00|
|Lymphocytes (cells/µL)||2 298.00|
|Neutrophils (percent) (%)||54.7|
|Eosinophils (percent) (%)||0.5|
|Basophils (percent) (%)||0.9|
|Lymphocytes (percent) (%)||35.9|
|Monocytes (percent) (%)||8|
|RBC Magnesium (mg/dL)||5.6|
I’m looking at OptimalHealth and Defy. I am hoping they will accept the previously done blood work and my recent physical to get started. But who knows.
I’m trying not to be depressed about this since there is relief in sight. But still.