37 male, 6’2", 300+ pounds and I have been battling for a few years with depression, low energy, ED, and weight-loss.
After several trips to the doctor, including a second opinon, all of which resulted in a different medications prescribed (initially fluxotenine -awful- and more recently citalopram + bupropion) or generic sleep, exercise, eat better etc. advice, I have decided to take matters into my own hands.
7-8 months ago I started a training program and started feeling better generally so I dropped all meds ~5 months ago. While energy and mood have improved I really only feel ‘good’ during and immediately after working out. (compound lifts 3x weekly)
While my physician pulled blood 1+ year ago all he would say is everything is ‘fine’. When I specifically inquired re: T levels, he said they didn’t test for that, despite the fact I had specifially requested it. Regardless, he said, all I needed was some medicine and everything would be A-OK.
So I went online and ordered a blood panel. Shortly after doing so I was referred here so went through the stickies and started logging basal temp a.m. and afternoon for a week.
I’ve been ‘cold-natured’ as long as I can remember and my outer eyebrows are in fact thin.
Mean body temp a.m. : (don;t have my notes in front of me but these are close) 96.6 F
afternoon: 97.7 F
Initially I used two diff digital thermometers and they were within .1 - .2 degrees of each other, so I stuck with 1 for the rest of the week; and also verified it’s repeatability.
I wasn’t on any meds prior to the blood test, save a couple of ibuprofren a few weeks before blood draw. Today I started an ECA stack to try and get my appetite under control after holiday binging.
Body hair: middle of the road, perhaps leaning towards sparse side.
Fat accum: I have the spare tire around waist build.
Training regimen: Starting Strengh 3x week
Morning wood, nocturnal erection: What’s that?? j/k…but seriously; can’t remember when I had reg morning wood. It’s been at least 12 - 18 months since I’ve had any morning wood at all.
ED: I can get an erection but not maintain. When I am with a women med-long term, rare these days, it inevitably causes problems as she thinks I’m not attracted to her or whatev. I’m beginning to think I’ll never have a normal sex life. An unsettling thought to say the least.
As you can see my platelet count is the only thing flagged as out of range, but a couple of things seem suspect to me; expecially TSH @ 2.49.
My T seems fairly low considering I have been >90 days of a strict training program with linear progression which should increase T level and I have been eating a surplus since Thanksgiving. Obv. I don’t really know which is why I am here.
My concern is ceteris parabus a deficit and low carb are correlated with lower T levels, which corroborates my experience in deficit mode where all of my symptoms don’t improve despite me having better diet, sleep, and regular training. I absolutely must get in a prolonged deficit to get some weight off of me. It feels a little hopeless tbh.