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:
- Has anybody navigated this through Kaiser? If so how’d you do it?
- 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)