Been reading the boards for awhile but this is my first post.
I have Kaiser for my medical coverage. Generally really good care but I'm finding out when it comes to questions of some areas of mens health it's far from good.
I'm a 58yo firefighter and gym rat. Been telling my doc I feel like crap just about every afternoon and not getting the muscle gains since I went on a serious lifting schedule about two years ago. He sent a message to an Endo who blew me off assuming I just wanted to "juice". (Not.)
I finally got my doc to test for TT, FT, and E2.
TT=461 (ng/dL) (Range: 250-1100 ng/dL)
FT=60.5 (pg/mL) (Range: 35.0-150.0 pg/mL)
E2=44 (pg/mL) (Range: <56 pg/mL)
Looks to me like andropause and I asked to get referred to a urologist. I got back everything is in range and to have a nice weekend. grrr...
So my two questions are:
1) Has anybody navigated this through Kaiser? If so how'd you do it?
2) Barring the Kaiser route I'm willing to pay for an outside doc. Anybody know one in the Northern California area? (Santa Rosa specifically.)
(edited 9/22/09 to include units of measure and ranges)