I'm not sure what's going on here. I just went down the list of things that damage hormones, but I don't see that I'm being exposed to anything new that should be damaging my hormones.
I've been taking HCG (150 units 2x daily), clomiphene (25mg daily), and anastrazole (0.5 mg 2x weekly) to keep my T-levels normal.
My T-levels had been consistently high for the past few years, but when I followed up with a T lab test, they were falling back down. I apologize, but I brain-farted and didn't get a copy of the most recent lab. A little over a year ago, my T-levels were measured at 955 ng/dL total, 22.6 pg/mL free. If I recall correctly, a few weeks ago, my T-levels were about 450 ng/dL total, 8.5 pg/mL free. In other words, my levels have dropped 50%.
Let me admit up front that I did something that may have been stupid. I allowed myself to miss some doses of the Clomiphene for a while. I thought that it wasn't really helping. I noticed that I feel like absolute @#$% when I miss doses of HCG, but the Clomiphene seemed less important. However, I don't think that this explains things 100%. I never felt like I was doing really well in spite of tests showing that my T-levels were normal.
There are three things that changed recently that may or may not have to do with my T-level dropping.
1) I did a trip overseas with family for four weeks that was extremely stressful. It was dreadfully stressful. I was living without A/C in a house where the temperature exceeded 100 deg F almost every day and was awakened early by roosters often, plus I suffered from back pain because the mattresses used in that country feel like they're full of bricks. I returned home to face unemployment for the past two months, and I remain unemployed and very unhappy and stressed out about it.
2) I mentioned in a previous post that I have trouble sleeping. My doctor thinks that I may be suffering from "Upper Airway Resistance Syndrome" (UARS), a common sleep disorder that can really trash your sleep, but my doctor thinks that my case is "mild" based on the lab tests. Sometimes, it's difficult to differentiate between tiredness caused by poor sleep and tiredness caused by low-T. I hadn't responded well to my prescribed therapies (CPAP and mandibular advancement device), so I decided to try something new: nasal dilators; mechanical devices to open up the nostrils, thus reducing airway resistance. I noticed that these helped me breathe a lot better during strenuous exercise and seem to reduce nighttime awakenings, but they are not even close to a 100% cure.
Let me be clear that this problem started long before I took any hormone meds; it's just the nasal dilators that are new to me.
It seems that there should be no reason for it, but I can't help but wonder if using these nasal dilators could somehow damage testosterone.
3) I made a major change in my diet. I've been eating by the schedule laid out in "The Warrior Diet", and over the past six weeks, I have lost eight pounds and look better in the mirror A quick Google search suggests that using the Warrior Diet might actually raise testosterone, but I thought I should mention it.
All that being said, the bottom line is that I've been taking meds that have been keeping my T-levels normal for years, and all of the sudden, I have a test indicating that they are going down again.
I think that the first obvious step is to resume the Clomiphene, avoid missing doses, and then get retested a month or so down the line, but I don't know if that's going to work and I'm wondering what else I should be checking.