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T-Level Normal?


#1

So I got my blood tested for my T-Level.

It came back with a value of 380 and the doctor indicated it is above normal.

Is 380 in fact good?

Thanks.


#2

Did you read the blood test and the values? Normal range for T is 300 to 1200 ng/dl. So 380 is low normal.


#3

Did you get your FSH and LH level checked?


#4

Bricknyce,

I did not read the blood test and values. The results were just posted.

I have no idea if my FSH and LH levels were checked. I was reading about low T-Levels and that pretty much describes what I am going through. I went and asked for him to check it.

I should go back and ask him about the FSH and LH levels?

THanks


#5

You can determine if you clearly have primary or secondary hypogonadism. If younger, one can then do tests to check for a pituitary adinoma. [Older guys are expected to have age related pituitary insufficiency.]

Once on TRT, testing LH/FSH is mostly $tupid. However, a high level of FSH can indicate a particular testicular cancer. But that would have shown in a pre-TRT screening with LH/FSH.

You need TT, FT and E2 tested. If TT is in 'normal range', if SHBG is elevated, FT could be way too low. Most of your TT is SHBG bound T [SHBG-T]. SHBG-T cannot activate T receptors. If SHBG goes up, TT goes up. TT is not a proper diagnostic by itself in this situation.

So how old are you? Some drugs, Rx and OTC can cause hormone problems.

age:
height:
weight:
waist:
where do you carry fat:
how much body hair:
lost hair on lower legs:
skin thin or fragile:
nails brittle:
feel cold easily:
short tempered:
lack of interest in sex:
ED:
drugs:

tell me here or cut and past into a PM.

You may need to tell you doc to treat your symptoms, not your lab report. But your doc may be useless in any case.


#6

If your LH and FSH levels are low or normal, you MIGHT have secondary hypogonadism. If the values are high, you MIGHT have primary hypogonadism. (I'm not a doctor, so I don't diagnose shit.)

Ask him for those and estradiol values. If you're out of wack, go see a urologist who deals with hypogonadism and infertility or an endocrinologist.

Symptoms matter too. So if you feel like shit and your values are low normal, probably something is wrong. A good doctor goes by what you experience and lab values. Most docs worth their salt don't like seeing anyone under 400 - like mine. (I've been hypogonadal for 8 years.)