Looking to learn from this forum, will get this out of the way first.
61 yr old male, 6'0". 195 lbs. Prostate Cancer treated with Radioactive seeds in 2004. 2010 declared clean of cancer latest PSA <0.10 ng/ml. Oncologist grudgingly agreed that monitored TRT would be acceptable.
My T Levels vary according to time of day. As high as 550 if test taken in morning as low as 360 if taken in the afternoon. T has slowly degraded over the last 4 years.
No longer any morning erections or desire for sex to speak of. Brittle nails, carrying weight around midsection and back, lack of energy, not sleeping well.
I have had lots of blood work done over the last 4 years. These normally include CBC, CMP, Lipid Panel, PSA Diagnostic, Testosterone, TSH. All tests were within normal ranges. Estradiol levels were never requested in those blood tests.
"Normal" Range for Testosterone is 300 - 700 ng\dl per the docs, I have never felt normal at that low end, sometimes had hot flashes and sweating with the low numbers.
I have been to endos' that tell me the T levels are normal, then shrug their shoulders when I tell them I am experiencing menopausal type symptoms. The doctors I have been to (with the exception of my current GP) just stare with a blank face when I speak of symptoms. To them, the number is the end all of it, and I am alive, how dare I complain. My current GP is a young guy, we have a good rapport and he knows what I am considering.
I have read some, not all of the stickies. At this point, the technical jargon is a bit beyond me.
Ready to take blood tests, what should be included outside of the above?
I have put up with these problems since 2004 and I am tired of it.
Thank you . Gary Moore