-height: 6’ 2"
-weight: 184 lbs
-describe body and facial hair: full hair on head (though on propecia and rogaine for past 6 years); hairy legs; light hair on arms and chest, no hair on back; have thick facial hair, but in the last 6 months, I have developed 4 quarter sized patches on beard area that no longer grow hair
-describe where you carry fat and how changed: I carry fat in my stomach and love handles and face
-health conditions, symptoms: I seem to be tired a lot; It takes me a while to recover from weightlifting; I seem to be stalled on lifts despite a few years of training; I don’t put on much muscle, more fat from bulking diet
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs: Yes 1mg propecia per day for the past 6 years and rogaine
-lab results with ranges: so far just 331ng/dL total testosterone (waiting to get add’l tests)
-describe diet: 3 meals per day, I try to get 50g of protein per meal from chicken, fish, beef; I aim for a healthy balance of fat, carbs, protein; I don’t eat much junk food
-describe training: I do bench, leg press, and pullups 2 to 3 times per week
-testes ache, ever, with a fever?: no testes never ache
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: no morning wood seems pretty steady; I have it on most days if not all
Hi, I am new. I read the Lab Work sticky and the Advice for New Guys sticky, and did a forum search, but I am still not clear on the exact test I should get.
I have been experiencing some symptoms of low testosterone (tiredness, slow recovery from workouts, difficulty putting on muscle) and recently went to a TRT clinic in Miami and got their free total testosterone blood work done (they only measured total, not free). They tell me I am 331ng/dL. I am a male 31 y/o, 6’2", 184 pounds. This is on the low end, I understand, so it seems to be a good idea to get a more comprehensive test done.
So I am trying to figure out what to get done next. The clinic is suggesting a follow up “comprehensive” blood test for $395, but I figure it might be cheaper to use privatemdlabs or lef.org.
Should I just get the $63 “Hormone Panel for Females” http://www.privatemdlabs.com/lab_tests.php?view=all&show=1032&category=14&search=#1032
Or something more comprehensive like the $203 “Male Anti Aging Deluxe with Free Test” http://www.privatemdlabs.com/lab_tests.php?view=all&show=2110&category=14&search=#2110
Or the $269 “Male Panel” test from lef.org http://www.lef.org/vitamins-supplements/ItemLC322582/Male-Panel-Blood-Test
or the mac daddy $353 “Male Anti Aging Ultimate” http://www.privatemdlabs.com/lab_tests.php?view=all&show=2111&category=24&search=#2111
I’ve compared them all to what is recommended on the Lab Work sticky, but I’m unclear on which one I should start with right now, given my first initial reading of 331ng/dL total testosterone.