I have been experiencing the physiological symptoms of what I think may be overtraining for the last three years. I did everything I could from taking time off, changing my diet, cutting back on training/volume, all with no results.
The thing is, I never had the “classic symptoms” and was always ready to go to the gym. But I noticed that I was gaining fat/losing muscle definition and dropping strength. I was used to maintaining a relatively lean 10% BF @ 220 so I noticed these things pretty quickly.
I did everything from going to my family doctor to going to an endocrinologist to get checked for low testosterone. While my initial testosterone showed in the low normal range, 2 months of HRT did absolutely nothing even though my test levels were through the roof.
I finally contacted a CHEK practitioner in CA who checked my cortisol rythms as well as other suspect symptoms.
My cortisol levels were way low and my cortisol/DHEA ratio was way out of the normal range.
At this point, I am working with the CHEK practitioner to hopefully fix this problem over the next six months using natural/herbal supplements.
This is a very frustrating thing to deal with and I really don’t know at this point if it can ever really be fixed.
I guess my advice is be very careful, especially if you don’t use drugs. Take time off and see how your body reacts.
And like Mr. Lowery said, do a lot of research to find out as much as you can. Normal doctors seemed pretty useless in my situation.