New Member. Please help me.
Hi all. This will be long, but I want to join the brotherhood.
6 month deep lurker, now I’ve decided to join.
I wanted to wait until I got my second lab set to join so I can post accurately.
Let me introduce my situation; I’m 31 years old, 6’1, 295 lbs., caucasian, and am happily married. I am en ex-arena football player (linebacker) and current baseball player.
I’ve been a medic since 18 years old, and always very active in the gym and martial arts. A year ago, I had a complete mental breakdown due to a large prednisone shot
in the ER that literally destroyed the man I built for 30 years. I gained anxiety, depression, brain fog, and ptsd from the med, as well as losing lots of money. For 6 months straight I puked blood, almost died twice, and am only about 40% recovered from what happened, despite my thorough efforts. I am pre-med in college, high honors (almost finished), and have a very strong understanding of the body systems/functions. I’m not arrogant, am very empathetic, and have a willingness to learn. I have an appointment this coming Friday for a reputable men’s anti-aging clinic in San Diego, with what seems to be an up-to-speed Dr. I originally started paperwork with Defy, but the wait was long, and finding a physical proved to be challenging. My goal is to get started at this place, then switch to Defy when the time is right. My father-in-law is an Endo, and is pushing for me to do test replacement, he actually brought it up. I have been donating sperm just in case HCG does’t work out, last two donations are this week.
Valium- 7.4 mgs, tapered down from 25 mgs. (hell on Earth)
Remeron- 11.75 mgs, tapered down from 30 mgs. Gained 50+ lbs. on this in 6 months
Zoloft- 16.75 mgs
Asthma Medication. Lifelong asthmatic here
I’m going to be honest, I absolutely hate psych meds. Been on them 1 year, there’s just nothing like them.
As time goes on I’ll post them, because there are just so many to list.
But yes, I do take iodine and selenium.
No alcohol, smoking, or drug use. Some CBD oil. No previous steroid use, despite prednisone (evil).
Nitty Gritty: Symptoms, info and labs
Depression, brain fog, lack of energy and major sluggishness, cold and feverish feelings frequently, minimal gym results despite various methods, anxiety, loss of zest for life (quiet and down a lot), sexually ok but could be better, mood swings. Sleeping way too long and not feeling refreshed, I even use nasal strips on an elevated tempur-pedic bed. I’ve got a sleep study on the way to check for sleep apnea; 18 1/2" neck, 56" chest, and asthmatic. Gained 50+ lbs. in about a year, got up to 330lbs. despite solid efforts. Got weight back down a bit by tapering down some psych meds, and cutting out some sugars. I’ve got a bloated/pregnant body builder look going on, not digging it at all. Diet is what I think to be ok, no fast food, use grass fed meats, aged cheeses, coconut oil and olive oil, fish oil, grass fed butter for fats. I do enjoy red meat, but eat cuts like top sirloin, new yorks, and ground sirloin, lots of fish such as salmon and tuna, and egg whites daily. No chicken or poultry, I’m allergic (but can eat eggs, I know, weird isn’t it?!). Sugar is my raisin bran for desert, 1 16 oz. cup of gingerale with dinner, and kefir in the mornings. I have one half-caf coffee a day, nothing but coconut oil added.
Labs: Some have previous results, some do not
I’ll spare you all the unimportant ones.
*Testosterone, Serum: 196 ng/dl Low, previously 284 ng/dl Low, range-------- 264-916 ng/dl
*Testosterone, Free: 7.5 mg/dl Low, previously 8.0 mg/dl Low, range------- 8.7-25.1 mg/dl
*Glucose, fasted: 99 mg/dl Normal, previously 99mg/dl Normal, range------- 65-99 mg/dl
*A1C-: 5.2% Normal, previously 5.2%, range------- 4.8-5.6%
*TSH: 5.63 High, previously 5.070 High, range-------- 0.450-4.50
*T3- they did total: 115 ng/dl Normal, range----- 71-180 ng/dl
*T4- they did total: 5.9 ug/dl Normal, range------ 4.5-12 ug/dl
*Hematocrit: 44% Normal, previously 43.4% Normal, range--------37.5-51.0%
*PSA: 0.8 ng/ml Normal, range-------0.0-4.0 ng/ml
*LH: 3.5 Normal,range------------1.7-8.6 mIU/ml
*FSH: 4.1Normal,range----------1.5-12.4 mIU/ml
*SHBG: 21.1Normal, range -------16.5-55.9 nmol/L
*Estradiol, Sensitive: 32.9 Normal, range------8.0-35.0 pg/ml
*Vitamin D, 25 Hydroxy: 103.0 High, previously 30.6, range-----30-100 ng/ml
*Vitamin B12: 931, no range
*Folate: >20, no range
*Total Cholesterol: 200 High, previously 199 High, range------100-199 mg/dl
*Triglycerides: 223 High, previously 256 High, range------0-149 mg/dl
*HDL Cholesterol: 36 Low, previously 37 low, range----- >39 mg/dl
*VLDL Cholesterol: 45 High, range-------- 5-40 mg/dl
*LDL Cholesterol: 119 High, previously 89 Normal, range-------- 0-99 mg/dl
From my scientific mind, I am suffering from low testosterone likely idiopathic and secondary hypo, sluggish thyroid pushing towards if not hypothyroid, and good possibility of sleep apnea. Two years ago, testosterone was mid 700’s, TSH 1.5. I’m likely going to do Test Cyp on an EOD or ED protocol, and a small amount of HCG daily 50-150, with the goal of using very little AI as possible. Will likely get on a small dose of NatureThyroid or WP Thyroid, and try titrating up. I’d love feedback, all kinds, give me what you got. I want to be part of the team and fix my fuc&%$! life. What are your thoughts on the SHBG? What are your thoughts on the E2 sensitive? I paid over $300 for labs to make sure I had most of the info I/you all needed. I await and look forward to your responses, thank you for your time.