So after much searching of the internet I have ended up here because there seems to be a lot of very informed people in here so I thought I would try here to see if I could get some answers because I am tired of my doctor guessing.
The back story, I was having the following symptoms: Have very low energy/drive anymore, get very tired half way through workout, have a harder time recovering, little depression, get irritated a lot more lately, trouble sleeping, sex drive has been much lower, getting up in the middle of the night to pee.
So around 18 months ago I decided to go see my doctor. He said though that all my symptoms were because I was not sleeping, so he put me on some sleeping pills. Well I sleep better but none of my other symptoms improved. I started reading a book by Rob Wolf and he recommended some blood test to do.
I went back to the doc August telling him none of my symptoms improved and I would like to do the blood test listed in RobÃ?Â¢??s book. So we did the blood test listed below (8/12/14). It came back that my TSH was high (5.51 mU/L). So he put me on thyroid medication Levothyroxine (50 mcg). I had smaller blood panel done on 3/12/14.
This came back that my TSH was now in the normal range (2.19 mU/L). The issue is that none of my other symptoms have seemed to improve. Things that have changed since I have been on Levothroxine. I used to get really hunger at times, that has now gone away. I used to have trouble falling asleep but now I fall right a sleep. I still donÃ?Â¢??t sleep well and often get up. Also my cholesterol numbers have gone up but I have not changed my diet.
I mentioned to my doctor that my testosterone is in the low end of the range. So he suggested we try Androgel. I am getting tired of him guessing so I am going to a TRT clinic/doctor on Wednesday to get his advice.
I read the stickies especially the one on thyroid. I donÃ?Â¢??t think I am getting enough iodine, since I rarely eat salt and have lower body temps (morning 96.8 afternoon 97.8). If I supplement with Potassium Iodide is that the same thing? I can get that at my local vitamin store in 32 mg tablets. I am also looking into TRT therapy. Is there anything else I should be looking into?
-weight: 250 lbs
-describe body and facial hair: Lots of body hair and facial hair/head hair grows fast.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed: Around my waist seems to be increasing but otherwise no change.
-health conditions, symptoms [history]: Have very low energy/drive anymore, get very tired half way through workout, have a harder time recovering, little depression, get irritated a lot more lately, trouble sleeping, sex drive has been much lower,
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever: Rx Levothyroxine (50 mcg) OTC Zytec occasionally when allergies are bad, mitivitamin, Fish Oil, Vitamin D.
-describe diet [some create substantial damage with starvation diets]: Nothing special Breakfast: three egg omlet with ham and bacon, Lunch 10oz chicken with mix veggies, dinner 10oz pork chop with salad (mix greens, shrimp, cucumber, rash, avocado, balsamic vinagretee), snack orange, string cheese, pre-workout: milk with Whey
-describe training [some ruin there hormones by over training]: When I have enough energy/drive I work out 1-5 times a week. 3 days lifting (Wendlers 5/3/1) 2 days sled push/tire flip
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? No
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: Seem to be less often.
-Morning and evening body temps: 96.8 and 97.8
-lab results with ranges: I have two set one from 8/12/2014 and one from 3/12/14 then ranges
WBC: 7.6 : Not taken : 4.0-11 k/mm3
RBC: 5.57 : NT : 4.30-6.00 m/mm3
Hemoglobin: 16.2 : NT : 13.0-18.0 g/dl
Hemotocrit: 46.0 : NT : 40.0-53.0 %
MCV: 80 : NT : 78-100 fL
MCH: 28.2 : NT : 27.0-34.0 pg
MCHC: 35.2 : NT : 31.0-37.0 g/dL
Platelet Count: 149 : NT : 130-450 K/mm3
RDW(sd): 38.5 : NT : 36.0-55.0 fL
RDW(cv): 13.2 : NT : 12.1-18.2 %
MPV: 11.1 : NT : 7.5-14.0 fL
Segmented Neutrophils: 46 : NT : 40-85 %
Lymphocytes: 38 : NT : 10-45 %
Monocytes: 13 : NT : 3-15 %
Eosinophils: 2 : NT : 0-7 %
Basophils: 1 : NT : 0-2 %
Absolute Neutrophil: 3.5 : NT : 1.6-9.3 k/uL
Absolute Lymphocyte: 2.9 : NT : 0.6-5.5 k/uL
Absolute Monocyte: 1.0 : NT : 0.1-1.6 k/uL
Absolute Eosinophil: 0.2 : NT : 0.0-0.7 k/uL
Absolute Basophil: 0.1 : NT : 0.0-0.2 k/uL
Immature Granulocytes: 0 : NT : 0.0-1 %
Absolute Immature Granulocytes: 0.0 : NT : 0.0-0.1 k/uL
CRP, High Sensitivity: 1.4 : NT : <=0.9 mg/L
Homocysteine: 10.8 : NT : 6.0-15.0 umol/L
TSH, High Sensitivity: 5.51 : 2.19 : 0.45-4.50 mU/L
T3 Free Non-Dialysis: 3.1 : NT : 2.0-4.8 pg/mL
T4 Free Non-Dialysis: 1.2 : NT : 0.8-1.7 mg/dL
Prostate Specific Ag: 0.4 : NT : <=4.0 mg/mL
Estradoil: 20 : NT : 8-43 pg/mL
DHEA Sulfate: 339 : NT : 120-520 ug/dL
Human Growth Hormone: <0.1 : NT : <=2.9 mg/mL
Cortisol, Serum: 14.7 : NT : 4.0-22 ug/dL
Vitamin D, 25 Hydroxy: 38.8 : NT : 30.1-100.0 ng/mL
Magnesium, RBC: 4.8 : NT : 4.0-6.4 mg/dL
Glucose: 109 : 102 : 65-99 mg/dL
Urea Nitrogen (BUN): 23 : 20 : 8-25 mg/dL
Creatinine: 1.47 : 1.29 : 0.60-1.5 mg/dL
GFR Estimated: 60 : 70 : >=61 mL/min/1.73m2
BUN/Creatine Ratio: 15.6 : 15.5 : 10.0-28.0
Sodium: 140 : 135 : 135-145 mmol/L
Potassium: 4.5 : 4.3 : 3.5-5.2 mmol/L
Chloride: 104 : 98 : 96-110 mmol/L
Carbon Dioxide: 24 : 26 : 19-31 mmol/L
Anion Gap: 12 : 11 : 4-18
Protein, Total: 7.5 : 7.6 : 6.0-8.0 g/dL
Albumin: 4.6 : 4.6 : 3.3-4.9 g/dL
Globulin: 2.9 : 3.0 : 2.0-3.7 g/dL
Albumin/Globulin Ratio: 1.6 : 1.5 : 1.0-2.0
Calcium: 9.0 : 9.5 : 8.710.5 mg/dL
Alkaline Phosphatase: 51 : 50 : 40-129 IU/L
Alanine Aminotransferase: 29 : 27 : 5-60 IU/L
Bilirubin, Total: 0.6 : 1.4 : 0.2-1.3 mg/dL
Cholesterol: 191 : 213 : <=199 mg/dL
Triglyceride: 89 : 117 : <=149 mg/dL
Cholesterol/HDL Ratio: 4.2 : 4.2 : <=4.9
HDL Cholesterol: 46 : 49 : >=40 mg/dL
Non-HDL Cholesterol: 145 : 164 : <=159 mg/dL
LDL Cholesterol, Calculated: 127 : 141 : <=129 mg/dL
VLDL Cholesterol: 18 : 23 : <=29 mg/dL
Testosterone, Free: 70.6 : 70.0 : 35.0-155.0 pg/mL
Testosterone Total, LC/MS/MS: 343 : 336 : 250-1100 mg/dL
Zinc: 87 : NT : 60-130 mcg/dL