Read a lot of knowledgeable threads on here about T replacement that stopped me from being treated some of the stupidest Endo's i could have encountered, they were more unaware of how hormones work in males than a layman like me in some instances. I consulted my physician about low T just recently after the symptoms just upped a notch to let me not live happily. I have been training very seriously for 4 years now and after the 1st year, i have only lost lean mass and not gained any despite my work ethic and knowledge of training and dieting has increased and i have given a lot of approaches time to work me in the gym but it hasn't even though my strength has moderately gone up on each lift very slowly. Apart from this i have typical symptoms of a hormonal disorder such as anxiety, stress, lack of energy even after good sleep, difficulty losing fat though less than gaining muscle mass and keeping fat off. I was very different 3 years back when i would never feel tired and just wanted to see the world and experience new surroundings, now i feel that i can't be bothered to go out to meet my best mates living in the same city and it's really bothering me. So, i'll leave the background to that. I will happily share more if some one needs it.
Weight- 163lbs, was standing at 170 2 weeks prior, lost 10-12 pounds when i got sick within a week(a worrying sign that my body has been giving me for the last 2 years in particular)
I have good amount of facial and chest hair.
Total T- 570 ng/dl (Normal surprisingly)
Free T- 6 pg/ml (Range- 4.25-30.4) (This is the cause of concern for me)
Iron- 151.66 ug/dl (range- 70-180)
TIBC- 281.96 ug/dl (Range -225-535)
Calcium- 10.38 mg/dl (Range- 8.8-10.6)
Blood Urea Nitrogen 20 mg/dl (Range- 8-20)
Creatinine- 0.82 mg/dl (range- 0.6-1.1)
Total Cholesterol- 157 mg/dl (range- 125-200)
HDL- 60 mg/dl (Range- 35-80)
LDL- 93 mg/dl (Range- 85-130)
Triglycerides- 45 mg/dl (Range- 25-200)
TC/HDL Cholesterol ratio- 2.6 (range- 3.0-5.0)
LDL/ HDL ratio- 1.5 (range 1.5-3.5)
VLDL- 8.95 mg/dl (range- 5-40)
T3- 84 ng/dl (Range- 60-200)
T4- 8.8 ug/dl (range- 4.5-12)
TSH- 1.41 uIU/ml (range 0.30-5.50)
25-OH Vitamin D -25.75 ng/ml (range 30-100) (taking prescribed med for this)
Vitamin B-12- 613 pg/ml (range 211-911)
Average blood glucose- 68 mg/dl
I also have a complete hemogram that is normal. If anymore information is required i'll happily provide it.
So, after consulting a few very stupid endos who didn't bother to even ask about other sex hormones such as prolactin, LH, FSH and Estradiol, i found a good urologist who's a men's health advocate and he seemed to be knowledgeable about his field unlike his counterparts. I am waiting on my SHBG, Albumin, E2 and repeat values of Total and Free test and should i have reports back tomorrow. At first, the doc was not convinced it was a T issue since my Total came back normal, however after my symptoms he wants to look more into my results to see what's causing my symptoms. One way i was convinced about this doc was that he was aware of how TRT is administered in the pathological sense, and was an advocate of the pinning protocols i have gathered so much info about on here. The other docs were talking about pinning once in 2 months or so. However, i asked about TRT because i wanted to be sure about the doc and his knowledge, and i hope i don't need it. However my Free T is concerning me and the symptoms i have been facing in the last 2-3 years make more sense to me, whereas previously i kept consoling myself about my lack of progress in the gym and my general unmotivated self, even beating myself up about how lazy and disinterested i am letting myself become.
I wanted to share these things with you guys to help me understand what might me the cause and how to go about things because it's been becoming very hard for me to keep up with life like this. On the ending note, i have also been getting sick very often this past year and keep losing a lot of LBM. Before the other symptoms started appearing, i would never get sick.