I started looking and researching about Testosterone after feeling like crap for awhile.
Jan 2010 My PCP did a TT check which came out at 323 ng/dl range (241-827)
I drank pretty heavy for a couple of years and had just quit 3 months before. I figured I would abstain from alcohol, exercise, and eat healthier.
Dec. 2011 TT 415 same range as above. I went to a Urologist and he gave me labs for free test, LH, Estradiol, and Vitamin D.
Free T = 46pg/mL range = (47-244)
Estradiol 14pg/mL range = (10-52)
LH 2.0 range = (1.5-9.3)
Vitamin D25-Hydroxy = 31 range = (30-80)
Also had T4,T3,TSH done in Dec 2011 from PCP
T4 free 1.10ng/dL range = .89-1.76
T3 free 3.28Pg/ML range = 2.30-4.00
TSH .786mIU/L range = .350-4.00
Tryglycerides--been struggling with them for years now 787
LDL --- elevated tryglycerides invalidates the LDL calculation.
Doc got the lab results and called me over the phone. Was talking everything but the Testosterone value. He said I needed to take 3000 units of D3. I asked him about the free test and he said, your only "1 point below normal." I argued with him a little about this and asked about a trial run of some kind of T product.
He said he would have the nurse call me back (this was in the morning) to set up an appointment. Didn't receive a call, so the next day I called to talk to the nurse. I voiced my opinions about seeing him for a possible trial (how I've been feeling like crap for two - three years). She said, "she would talk to the doc." She called me a little later and got me an appointment for next week.
I called a BhRT place and they suggested some more labs. So, I'm going to ask about Prolactin, Ferritin, AM Cortisol, FSH, DHT, and IGF-1 and CBC.
I thought about writin a letter with these requests and dropping it off at his office tomorrow. I think I'll wait till my meeting next week, and request if after I feel him out on the trial. I didn't want to start TRT in the beginning because I'm 33 and I figured with abstinence from alcohol etc... these problems would resolved.
Now, I'm gung-ho almost impatient, b/c I believe there is a good chance I will feel better soon. The doc said if I was 50 he would say "sure." But since I was 33 he didn't want to put me on a life long course of TRT. I agree. What about TRT for 4-12 months to help improve my body/get healthy and then stopping and restarting HPTA naturally or with help?
What do you think of my labs? Free T low, LH low-normal? Estradiol-low normal -or good?
I would appreciate any advice. I'm 33yrs old 6 foot, diabetic - was able to maintain a1C of 5% without meds by diet and exercise. I was out in the sun a lot from March - October. I haven't been in the sun that much this winter. I drink a glass or two of milk a day. I eat eggs, fish, and greens a lot. Would Vitamin D raise my levels that much?
I used prohormones in my early 20's around 4 times (for 8 weeks each). How should I approach the Doc? Last time I talked with him he was talking about vitamin D, zinc, magnesium, and the paleo diet.
I avoided alcohol for 15 months. I quit drinking soda's before I found out I was diabetic around 2-1/2 years ago. I cut down sweets a lot. I still probably eat too many carbs, around 150grams or less. As a diabetic my PCP suggest around 150(preferrably)-210(max. I haven't been having A1C issues, I haven't been taking any diabetic drugs. Although, since the last visit in early Dec. I've been taking metformin 500mg b.i.d. b/c Doc suggested it to lower tryglycerides. I've been taking lipitor for about 1/2 year.
Anyway, that's a little snapshot of what's going on with me right now. I appreciate your help, advice, etc.. Thanks!