Height: 5ft 8in
Waist: 38in (at the navel)
Weight: 197 (and dropping, was 215 in April, got down to 188, fattened back up to 204)
Hair: Some MPB that has been occurring over the last 15 years (slowly) small bald spot in back and some ‘horseshoe’ thinning in the front, full beard, ‘normal body hair’ sparse on back)
Fat: Gut and developing moobs (!). When I was much fatter – face, neck, and chin as well.
Health: Generally good, high cholesterol in the past
Drugs: No current Rx, statin in the past for cholesterol - 7 years ago (I did not do well on that - fatigue and muscle pain - bailed on the drug and got in much better shape)
Lab results: (not sure if I should list everything - let me know and I will update)
Glucose: 83 (65-99 mg/dL)
Carbon Dioxide: 18 (LOW) (19-30 mmol/L) *listed because Low
AST: 28 (10-40 U/L)
ALT: 44 (9-46 U/L)
TSH: 4.57 (HIGH) (0.40-4.50 mIU/L)
T4, Free: 1.2 (0.8-1.8 ng/dL)
T3, Free: 3.0 (2.3-4.2 pg/mL)
White Blood Cell Count: 7.3 (3.8-10.8 Thousand/uL)
Red Blood Cell Count: 4.92 (4.20-5.80 Thousand/uL)
Hemoglobin: 15.3 (13.2-17.1 g/dL
Hematocrit: 46.1 (38.5-50.0%)
MCV: 93.7 (80.0-100.0 fL)
MCH: 31.1 (27.0-33.0 pg)
MCHC: 33.3 (32.0-36.0 g/dL)
Total Testosterone: 418 (250-827 ng/dL)
Estradiol: 33 (<=39 pg/mL)
PSA: 0.4 (<=4.0 ng/mL)
*Unfortunately, my blood panel did not include FT, LH/FSH (unless listed under a different name), or Cholesterol.
Diet: 183g P, 200g C, 80g F (2252 cal), mostly clean eating now based on IIFIYM. Losing 2 lbs/week for the last 2 weeks. As an aside, I also checked nutrients and I am low on Pantothenate (B5) and K2. I am now taking a liquid multi, zinc, and magnesium.
Training: Jiu Jitsu 2-3x/week, Weights 3-4x/week (just started back in the gym), goal is to be <180lbs (so I’m not looking to get huge - beach body would be just fine - no moobs, no gut!)
No issues with testes or sexual function. Morning Wood and Nocturnal erections very regular, but not daily.
Concerned about the TSH being high despite the T3 and T4 being in range. Not sure that I understood everything in the Thyroid Basics thread and how it would apply to my situation. Of the listed symptoms (Dry skin, Brittle nails, Low body temperatures, General hair loss [not MPB], Thinning of outer eyebrows, Hormone problems, Brain fog, Low energy) only Brain fog and low energy (at times) applies to me.
[b]I still need to check my AM Temperature[/b]
Started TRT via pellets today. T + AI pellets (plus a T-shot for the road).
I get that 2x/weekly injections are the golden standard, but I was more comfortable starting with pellets (and I want nothing to do with orals, gels, creams, or patches). This is my first foray into TRT and may move to SC in the future.
[b]Question:[/b] Should I look to start supplementing with ZMA, DIM, D-Glucarate, Grapeseed extract, and Rez-V now, or should I wait for my next blood test in 45 days so that I don’t throw of the results of what has been implanted? (Assuming no bad effects between now and then.) Looking to get my T > 650 and E2 < 25
[b]Question:[/b] I held off on getting hCG injection at the time of the implant (but can go back any time). Was that a mistake? Do I need to see where I am first in 45-days or should I have just gone forward with it.
[b]Question:[/b] Are there specific test name(s) that I should be asking for to get the additional needed data?
Sorry for the noob questions, but there is sooo much information here and I just found the forums and I can’t process it all quickly enough (although I’ve known about TNation for some time).