Hi ive come here from wales in britain.
I have been getting low total testosterone results for around 2 years maybe a little less.
I came off a 6 week cycle of test e as i was feeling unwell and stopped cold turkey at the doctors request. Total test was 6.5 just after that, 6 months later total test was 7.8. Another 6 months total test wss 9.8 and has stayed there since then.
I have seen the endo and was offered trt but was scared of it so declined hoping i may restore naturaly.
I was in a high stress state having become a father and my boy was in and out of hospital, life in general stressing me out and i was letting it all get on top of me, diet was crap as i gained fat around my mid section and decided not to eat very much(starve) to drop fat.
i did this for a while(3-6 months est). Was smoking cannabis all day every day with tobacco, and hitting failure on every set in the gym.
I thought if i stopped all these things i might be ok.
I have stopped smoking, cannabis(had severe withdrawal from cannabis which bought on much anxiety heart palps etc. Was diagnosed with anemia but has since gone away after hemaroid operation), stress(as much as possible) i deal with life better and am much happier.
I went back for blood test sure that my total t had risen as i felt much better, morning erections nearly every morning, renewed energy, strength returning,
less cases of ED. Only to find its stilll exactly 9.8, gutted.
After reading here i checked my thyroid and i always feel cold, have sparse outer eyebrows heart rate in the 60's so had bloods.
free t4 16.3( ref 11-22)
free t3 4.8( ref 3.0-6.5)
Tsh( 1.55 ref 0.5-5.0)
All seems ok? They refused to check rt3?
My base body temp was 36.2 when i checked in the afternoon but not sure how accurate my digi thermo is.
So im 38 yrs old.
waist is 36" body fat around 17% decent build.
have fair goaty, weak hair elsewhere.
fat is mainly on bottom abs and lower back.
feel pretty healthy, as always, nothing to mention realy.
lots of re-creational drugs coke weed amphetamine in my younger years but felt ok after stoppings 5 years ago(except weed 10 months ago i stopped that)
Diet can be realy good for a while then will break and eat crap for a while before getting back on it.
mainly healthy stuff with some fast food thrown in
and chocolate etc a few days per week. Defo room for improvement.
Morning erections nearly every day, libido fine, had a patch of not getting hard a couple of months ago but better now although erection strength not always spot on. Lower sperm volume than it used to be , much lower.
have used aas sparingly, once a year when younger.
have had 2 cycles in past 4 years.
one 2 years ago
one 2 years before that, i frontloaded that cycle and went just over a gram a week for 2 weeks then down to 500mg a week for another 6 weeks( i think that may have screwed me up). Never felt the same after that.
I only have the results my doctor will test me for.
Total test 9.8 (ref 7.5- 32)
Shbg 21 (ref 20-50)
Cholesterol was "normal"?
Lh was "normal"
Prolactin 222(ref app 50 - 600)
Free t3 4.8 (ref app 3 - 6.5)
Free t4 16.3 (ref app 11-22)
Tsh 1.55 (ref app 0.5-5.0).
I realise thats not enough information, thats all the docs here will do for me and i had to push.
I see the endo in 3-4 weeks and want to know what questions i should be asking?
Any help greatly appreciated as im very anxious about this i have 2 young kids and am worried about my longevity! I want to be around for them.
Am scared of possible sides of trt but will go ahead with it if im better off health wise.