I have suffered with all the symptoms of Low Testosterone for over 10 years now, tiredness, low libido, anxiety, depression, low confidence, low mood, bald patches on lower legs, fat around the waistline and chest (Gyno from puberty?) no other fat on my body, bad memory, no energy, sleeping all the time, etc etc.
My GP said it was Depression back then and prescribed antidepressants and looking back, i dont think i needed them. Why do they not do a full blood test before handing these out, i dont know?
I asked for a Testosterone blood test back in 2009 and the result was 10.9. The Doctor said ‘normal range’
I am now 44 and my symptoms have become worse. My recent Test came back at 11.2 and i had to basically beg the doctor to refer me to a Endo.
Second blood test at the Endo came back at 10.3 at a 9am blood draw.
Testosterone 10.3nmol (10-38)
SHBG 22nmol (15-48)
Prostate Ag 0.41ugl (<2.50)
LH 5ul (2-9)
FSH 3ul (2-13)
Ferritin 73ugl (30-400
Results from full blood count are in the normal range, but low end.
Two results were out of range
Creatinine 105umol (59-104)
Monos 0.9 (0.1-0.8)
The female Endo which i could hardly understand (Bad English) asked me to do a Short Synacthen test to assess the Cortisol level.
Before test 418 nmol
After Test 616nmol
She has also calculated my Free Testosterone based on her results and said it was 0.19nmol (0.092-0.5) although im not sure this is a correct free test calculation?
The Endo has now refered me back to my GP saying…
“Free Testosterone levels are normal and i cannot explain any Endocrine cause, causing the symptoms. The rest of your blood test including trophic hormones are normal. There is no need for TRT therapy”
I wonder if anyone could give me some advice on this, as it seems that i should have been given further tests to investigate.