I’m 50 years old. About 5 years ago, I felt like I lost my ambition and drive. After doing some research, it seemed that low T may be a possible cause. I went to my GP and had it tested. He said it was fine. I questioned him again in 2016 and had it tested. Again, he said it was fine(results below). I feel like things have gotten worse and I’m at the point to just try TRT and see if it helps. I already have some on the way from a teleclinic. I’m not sure I made the right choice after reading posts on Tnation. I’m not sure the initial blood tests were thorough enough. I did order more tests for my own reference and those are attached. Now I’m lost. My total T on the last test was higher than ever. My SHBG was lower.
I am hoping someone can look at my history and give me some advice. I’ve tried to be as thorough as possible without going overboard. Please let me know what other additional info is needed.
Diet: generally higher protein lower carbs but I don’t follow anything strict
Body: I have been fairly muscular since 30yrs old. Lower body fat level, but still carried a little in lower belly. In last 6-7 years have lost muscle, getting a lot of fat in lower back and abdomen. When I try to work out, it feels like ligaments hurt more than muscle.
Hair: thick all over on body. Bald head started in 20’s. Beard thick.
Skin: my skin used to be oily and prone to acne. In the last 6-7 years it is not oily or as prone to acne. I had to use benzoyl peroxide daily into my 40’s.
No current medications. Was on Finasteride for about 15 years haven’t used in last 5-7 years. I have taken Prozac in the past but not currently.
Sex drive has been a little less for 3-4 years slowly getting worse. Seems really bad for last year. Erections not as good. Sensation not as good. Morning wood is generally non-existent.
Date Total Test (range) SHBG (range) Free Test (range)
2015 11.4 pg/ml(8.7-54.7)
2016 554ng/dl(280-800) 41nmol(10-57) 103pg/ml(47-244)
5/2019 639ng/dl(250-1100) 80nmol(10-50) 8.5ng/dl(4.6-22.4)