I have been suspect with having low testosterone for a while now. Not to get in to too much detail but when I was in 8th grade I got hit and had one of my boys removed. I remember the surgery and the pain like it was yesterday. I was embarrassed with this for a long time but once I hit about 21 or 22 I didn't care any more. I have noticed in teh last 3 or 4 years. Every time I would sit down to study for school or work I would get so tired.
I went in to my GP and mentioned my concern and she checked my test for me. It came back at 399 this time and she said it was low but still within normal. I waited a couple months but still felt that maybe this shouldn't be the end all and I started researching it. I spoke someone on facebook and really just realized that 399 is unacceptable since the norms are based on an unreliable group aging from 18 - 80 and me being on the low end.
I originally going to go to Dr Serrano who is in town by me and i called the office. They do not take insurance and it is a 250 dollar visit. That pretty much ruled me out as I don't have that kind of money and have really good insurance. I found a urologist and went in and chatted with him. I gave him my back story and he said that he agreed the normal range is skewed and not reliable. He asked that I have it checked again so we can see where I am and if it was a fluke.
I had my blood done Tuesday and called today and my total test came back at 300 and available was 7.3 and she said it was low. I am going to make a follow up with the urologist. He also said that he didn't want to put me on test yet since my wife is pregnant and using it could pretty much eliminate me from having another kid. I am going to see what my options are when I go back in.
Right now I don't really have any questions, just starting to post as I am sure they will come up. I do not have a copy of the most recent lab report so I am not sure what all the numbers are.
-waist 44 (at belly button)
-describe body and facial hair - I carry fat currently in my midsection and that is about it. Since I had my testicle removed in 8th grade my body hair has always been blonde and not thick at all. I can grow a beard on my face but it is def not as full as a lot of other guys.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed - I have always carried fat in my midsection for as long as I could remember.
-health conditions, symptoms [history] - most of my symptoms are a low libido and being tired. I am married with 2 kids, wife is pregnant and working on a second Masters so some of it could be from my lifestyle.
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever - I currently take Atenelol for High Blood Pressure. It is not officially high but in the pre-hypertensive stages.
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-lab results with ranges - Total Test 300, Free 7.3
-describe diet [some create substantial damage with starvation diets] - Right now i am on a macro diet 300g protein, 500g carbs, 50g fats
-describe training [some ruin there hormones by over training] - I currently train strongman and during the week I run Sheiko. I just finished a 4 week cycle with strongman training on Saturday.
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? - no, the doctor said the one I have left is larger as it picked up the slack from having my left one removed.
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed - no erections and everything are fine. I just have a hard time getting in the mood sometimes.