Im from the UK, 40 years old tomorrow, and at the end of my tether!
I have been having health problems ever since i can remember. But for the last few years i have been suffering from chronic fatigue, anxiety, depression, IBS, headaches and migraines, loss of libido, erectile dysfunction, general weakness, low self esteem, lack of motivation, and probably 100 other symptoms i cant remember right now.
This has all really come to a head this year as recently my fiance left me and my business is falling apart, and i just dont seem to have whatever it takes to hold it all together.
The NHS have been useless my entire life and just want to give me anti-depressents. It was only on a visit to barcelona a few months ago when my (ex) fiances mum (a doctor in barcelona) suggested i should have my testosterone levels tested.
My GP agreed to do the tests back in august and these are the results;-
FT- 208.1 pmol/L no range but stated as low
TT- 9.2 nmol/L range 8.64-29nmol/L
SHBG- 27 nmol/L range 18.3-54.1 nmol/L
There GP did lots of other general tests that all came back normal (if you need me to post these i would be happy to do so) except low vitamin D and low Folate. I have since corrected the D and folate through supplementation.
The GP recognised that my testosterone was probably the problem but could only prescribe antidepressants.
I then went to see a prominent endocrinologist privately. He examined me and looked at my results. He said that my left testicle looked undersized (i had a twisted testicle and a torsion operation as a child). He ordered more tests and said that if the results were what he thought they were he would start me on TRT.
second results came back. these are;-
TT- 14.6 nmol/L (quite a good increase) same range as before, carried out by the same lab
prolactin- 274 mu/L range 86-324 mu/L
FSH- 7.6 iu/L range 2-12 iu/L
LH- 6 iu/L range 2-9 iu/L
The lab forgot to test free testosterone again
I then had a telephone consultation with the ednocrinologist, who said he could do nothing for me as my TT was at a normal level.
I then decided to get a blood test done by Optimale. Results are;-
TT- 12.4 nmol/L range 7.6-31.4 nmol/L
FT- 0.232 nmol/L range 0.3-1.0 nmol/L
SHBG- 38.8 nmol/L range 16-55 nmol/L
17-Beta oestradiol- 40.3 pmol/L range 0.0-191.99 pmol/L
I would like some opinions on these results if possible please. Im 39 years old and weigh 220ibs. Im 6ft 1 and of quite a muscular build. Back in May i weighed 267 ibs and started on a serious fitness and weight loss program. So i have lost alot of weight since then. The first bloods were taken in august when i was starting to get fitter. The most recent tests only 1 week ago at my current weight. Thoughout this whole process none of my symptoms have improved. I feel just as awful as i have done for years.
I measured body temp this morning on waking. Temp was 95.6 F. Just taken temp again (1.28pm) and it was 97.9 F. I dont use iodized salt but i do drink alot of diary and eat alot of yoghurt. I think the low temps may be down to a very aggressive diet and not eating for 24 hours (broken tooth).