I had some labs done recently, got the results today, and have a couple questions. I have been on TRT for 7 months now but started HCG 6 weeks ago.
Pregnenolone 62 (13-208)
DHEA 308 (61-1636)
Progesterone .5 (<1.4)
PSA .7 (< 4.0)
B-12 653 (200-1100)
Ferritin 21!!! (20-345)
Total T 1425 (250-1100) 4 days after 80mg injection and on-going 160mg/wk schedule.
Total T 4/12 936 (was taken 7 days after 100mg shot but part of a 200mg/wk schedule. At the time my doc was bringing me down from 200mg/wk to 160mg/wk so I skipped a dose in between. Had to have it tested on this day in order to see doctor the same week)
Total T on 3/12 1179 (taken 3 days after a 100mg injection. Testing on this day was necessary in order to see doc the next week.)
So my questions are:
- Are any of these tests (obviously not including TT and Ferritin) low? I’m not sure what optimal is for any of them.
- How much should HCG raise T levels? It looks like for me it added between 300-500 which concerns me since I was diagnosed with Primary. It may be a fluke, my Total T tests weren’t consistent, so it is hard to extrapolate, but how much does HCG usually raise T?
- What is the best way to bring that ferritin level up? There’s a few different OTC varieties and wasn’t sure which is better or worse, or if I should dose it as the bottle says, or something more aggressive.
B-12 is low , check homocysteine levels.
ferritin is low which be impacting cellular thyroid function and low thyroid can cause low ferritin levels.
Low ferritin is red flag for malabsorption issues, celliac, gluten or food sensitivity, or execessive zinc /iodine supplementaton >50 mgs per day, Gi mucosa inflammation due SIBO or hpylori. Supplementing iron in certain situation is a huge red flag as it can feed infections. Why understanding full history of the case is crucial before making any recommendations[/quote]
Thanks. I have had 3 complete thyroid panels, and my thyroid is in good shape so it isn’t that. I don’t over-supplement zinc or iodine.
I think I can pretty much chalk this up to a shitty diet. I don’t balance what I eat, and I can’t remember the last time I had a vegetable. I do watch my calorie/protein/fat/carb intake, but aside from broad numbers, I don’t really vary what I eat too much. I know this can lead to malnutrition and now I have the numbers to prove it! My D was low until I started taking D3. I’m surprised that my iron is low, but thinking about it I don’t eat too much that has iron in it (I think beef-jerky has the most).
Here is something I discovered which may or may not apply to your case. I had a person who had optimal thyroid panel as well, but still had pure thyroid symptoms. After further investigation at cellular level I found depleted gluthathione levels coming from genetic mutations CBS, MTHFR , MTRR. Once I corrected the mutations over a 2-3 month peroid her low thyroid symptoms got better and the numbers did not change. You need proper glutathione levels in order for thyroid be functoning at the cellular level. I am getting heavy in to genetic expressions which is resulting in a huge leap in dealing with specific cases and opening up all new doors which will make a huge impact in over all general health.