Hello all, have been reading from the forums for a while now, but finally signed up and this is my first post.
36 year old male
6'4" 265lbs (more bodyfat than I would like)
lifted off and on since I was 17 but have taken a few years pretty much off. Diet hasn't been great.
Have a script for Klonopin due to panic attacks (have been taking for approx. 6 years and never had to increase dose)
Most recent labs:
Free T: 73 pg/ml
Total T: 363 ng/dl
SHBG: 27 nmol/L
% Free T : 2.0%
Cholesterol: 179 mg/dl
Triglycerides: 113 mg/dl
HDL: 53 mg/dl
LDL: 103 mg/dl
Prostate Specific Antigen: .91 ng/ml
Glucose: 96 mg/dl
Thyroid Stim 3rd Gen: 1.470 uIU/ml
Free T4: 1.03 ng/dl
white blood cell: 6.2 K/uL
red blood cell : 5.03 M/uL
Hemoglobin: 15.0 g/dl
Heart rate: 63 bpm
Hair growth rate varies.
Symptoms are much lower sex drive/desire (no problems with erections, though they're not as solid as before)
Lack of motivation
Lower muscle strength and mass
I also have a vericocele of the left testicle... not sure how much this lowers T levels, but size wise it is smaller than the right, but not a huge difference. Not sure how much it changes sperm count, but my girlfriend and I are currently expecting (so I know I had at least one good swimmer!) lol
I know a lot of people are able to raise levels with diet/exercise/sleep etc... with the vericocele i'm not sure if i'd be able to, as my previous test (5 years ago, when I was lifting heavy etc) was only low 400s.
I have no issues sleeping, never have. But with the other symptoms, I want to know if everyone thinks TRT would be right for me. My insurance covers any type that would be prescribed, so that's not an issue.
As for the klonopin, from early age up until about age 16-17 I had panic attacks and from 16-17 through the age of 29 or so, I had ZERO...then they came back very heavily, and I began taking the Klonopin... it makes me feel "normal" and doesn't cause any side effects nor have I ever needed to raise the dosage... but looking at the ages that I was free of attacks, it makes me wonder if it is hormonal reasons causing it, as I had none when my natural T would've been at its highest?
Anyhow, sorry for such a long post... looking forward to any suggestions, advice and questions.