In your case/thread opening post:
Full beard, all body hair except lower legs, outside and back. Inside of lower legs has full hair. Hair on chest and arms.
Carry some fat around the midsection, love handles, but not too much. Have recently lost 7lbs on whole30 diet and exercise. Cut out all sugar, dairy, grains. Have been using coffee to keep energy levels going, about 4 cups per day, or 20oz in the morning. Have recently cut that back to about 1 cup, or none at all on certain days.
I do not have a gallbladder or an appendix, have had GI issues ever since having my appendix taken out, gallbladder surgery was supposed to help. But it has not, has actually made things worse.
Was told I had lower normal Testosterone in 2015, but did not make too many changes. Naturopathic doctor put me on some supplements to help my digestion and had me do an elimination diet. It helped, but I fell off the wagon after about 3 months of feeling great going back to my old ways.
Have recently cut out all Alc as well, since I had been using weekly, probably about 15-16 per week.
Had elevated Estrogen in the fall, and developed Gynecomastia. Which is the reason why I am trying to change everything now. Estrogen magically fell through the floor on my last blood test and my gynecomastia has since shrunk, but is still there about the size of a marble now, as opposed to a walnut. Was taking a supplement that had Soy since my normal digestive enzyme was out when I went to buy it, took it for 2 months before I realized this. 30 days after stopping the enzymes my E is normal. Not sure if that was the cause or not.
Started taking Sam-e, Vitamin D, Digestive Enzymes since I don’t have a GB and a probiotic.
Recently had an ultrasound of the Testes and it came back all clear, normal blood flow and all.
Abdominal ultrasound also came back clear
Train about 4 days a week now, mostly lifting – a few miles on the treadmill just to keep my legs in shape.
Over the summer I was running 10-15 miles per week, spread over 4 days so about 3-5 miles per run. No lifting though.
Libido has been low, Nocturnal usually seems pretty good, morning isn’t there – doc said if I was away on vacation without stress of life this wouldn’t be an issue.
Last note, I have major stress and anxiety which has gotten worse of the last 5 years or so. Recently had our first child, who is now 9 months old. Work full time and was doing an internship for my Leadership Certification which added extra stress. Sleep is hard to come by as our child is not a good sleeper. Probably average about 6 and a half hours per night. Usually wake up 3 times or so, sometimes due to the baby crying.
Endocrinology Blood Tests 1/10/2018
Testosterone, Total: 487 Range 264-916
Free Testosterone: 1.0 Range 1.5-3.2
Testosterone, Serum: 49 Range 52-280
SHBG: 69.9 Range 16.5-55.9
TSH: 2.550 Range 0.450-4.500
Thyroxine (T4): 1.57 Range 0.82-1.77
Triiodothyronine, Free: 3.4 Range 2.0-4.4
HCG, Beta Subunit, QN: < 1 Range 0-3
LH: 3.8 Range 1.7-8.6
FSH: 9.5 Range 1.5-12.4
Prolactin: 11.1 Range 4.0 -15.2
Estradiol: 14.8 Range 7.6-42.6
Estrogen, Total : 41 Range 40 – 115 (was 158 in November)
Vitamin B-12: 473 Range 232-1245
Vitamin D: 29.5 Range 30-100
Folate: 13.0 Range >3.0
Iron, Serum: 123 Range 38-169
Ferritin: 153 Range 30-400
Iron Binding Capacity: 258 Range 250-450
Iron Saturation: 48% Range 15-55%
Other Blood Work:
Albumin: 4.8 Range 3.5-5.5
Globulins: 2.8 Range 2.0-3.5
AST: 22 Range 0-40
ALT: 22 Range 0-44
GGT: 15 Range 0-44
LDH: 167 Range 121-244
ALP: 87 Range 39-117
HDL: 56 Range >40
LDL: 136 Range 0-100
VLDL: 11 Range 5-40
Triglycerides: 53 Range 0-150
Thanks for any advice!