I’m a 31, 6’1" and 170 lbs. I’ve been having symptoms like brain fog, muscle weakness, can’t gain any muscle/muscle loss and low libido for 4 years now. My new doctor asked if my T had ever been tested, and I said yes and told her what my previous results were. When I told her my last results (270 ng/dl, then 407 ng/dl after retest), she shook her head and said, “That’s too low for your age. I’d like to retest.” So I had my level checked again before I left the doctor’s office.
I got a call about 4 days later saying my T was low and they wanted me to come in as soon as possible to get it checked again to “confirm” that it was low. Went in again, had it rechecked, and the doctor said “I’d like you to come in in a couple of weeks to discuss treatment options.” I was never told what my levels were.
So here’s my problem. My T has been consistently around 250-400 for the last year, so I’m assuming that’s what my levels were when the doctor checked. If so, that doesn’t seem all that low compared to a lot of the guys I’ve known who had to have TRT. Besides that, my testosterone was tested at 537 ng/dl shortly after my symptoms started. Is it even possible to be symptomatic with a T that high?
So what do you guys think? Should I go ahead and go through with the TRT like my doctor wants, or should I look elsewhere for the cause?
Sorry for the lengthy post and thanks for any help.
-Rarely have morning wood
-Why do really hot looking women and girls now look like art instead of lust? <- This.
-I get cold easily
-Why do really stressful situations leave me feeling physically beat up. Adrenal fatigue. <- Also this.
-Dry skin, brittle hair and nails
-I am not depressed, I just don’t care about anything, no joy, no motivation, no reward
-Normal physical activity (taking out trash, cleaning house, working on car) leaves me exhausted
-Sleep doesn’t help. 6 hours, 10 hours, 3 hours, it’s all the same. I feel tired from the moment I wake up til i go to bed.
-Non-existent libido. Can still get erections, but not in the mood. Just kind of going through the motions with sex.
- Total T - 270 ng/dL (range 240 - 950)
- Free T - 7.4 ng/dL (range 9 - 30)
- Prolactin - 12 ng/mL (range 3 - 13)
- LH - 3.7 IU/L (range 1.8 - 8.6)
- FSH - 5.4 IU/L (range 1.0 - 18.0)
- Total T - 407 ng/dL (range 240 - 950)
- Bioavailable T - 147 ng/dL (range 72 - 235)
- LH - 3.9 IU/L (range 1.8 - 8.6)
- FSH 4.0 IU/L (range 1.0 - 18.0)
- S Estradiol - 18 pg/mL (range 10 - 40)
UPDATE - May 26
Been on Androgel for only 6 days now and I haven’t noticed any positive changes (expected), but have noticed that I’m much more tired during the day than normal (totally unexpected). I have no idea why that is. I’m sticking it out until I see my doctor again in a month. Really curious as to why I feel more tired on TRT than I did before I started though.