Waist: don’t have measurements but pants size was from 32 (before) to 42+ (i wear pants that stretches easily…)
Weight: Before 140lbs. Current: 230lbs
Body/Facial Hair: Armpit and pubic area has hair. Anywhere else is almost hairless (arms, chest, legs, etc). No facial hair (my dad and brother both have a full beard and tons of body hair).
Describe where you carry fat and how changed: Most of my fat seems to store in my stomach and buttcheeks. I have stretch marks everywhere though from going 140lbs to 230lbs.
Health conditions, symptoms: Iron overload, hypogonadism, and may have subclinical hypothyoridsm.
Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever: Nope
Lab results with ranges
TSH: 7.4 mIU/L Abnormal (general reference range 0.35 - 4.94)
T3 Free: 5.8 pmol/L Abnormal (general reference range 2.6 - 5.7)
T4 Free: 11 pmol/L Normal (general reference range 9 - 19)
Thyroid Peroxidase Antibody:
Testerone Level: 1.9 nmol/L (general reference range 8 - 32)
Describe diet: 95% home cooked foods. Only use salt/pepper/olive oil when I cook. Intake 2L daily of water. No sodas, coffees, etc. Consume 1500-2k calories. Most days, I consume about 1500 due to stationary job. Fish/eggs/chicken breast/rice/beef are my daily intake. Fruits/vegs: Mushroom/tomatoes/cantaloupe min twice a week.
Describe training: When I weighed 140lbs, I was in great shape, worked out 3-5 times a week and ate with almost the same diet. Currently doing none because even when exercising and having a calorie intake of 1500,2k, I will have no results. I feel like I need to fixed what’s inside of me before I can introduce external tools (exercise and diet)
Testes ache, ever, with a fever? No
How have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed: Have not had one in months (5 months+)
History with TRT
Was put on TRT 4 years ago due to low T that was caused by iron overload. After my first shot (100mg a month) it felt like someone flipped a switch in my head and my clarity and sense of well being was noticed. 2-4 weeks later, I gained 20lbs. Was told it will subside in 4-8 weeks. Continued TRT and weight increased an extra 10lbs. So 30lbs in total after 8 weeks. Over the course of a few years, my dosage was adjusted. First, 100mg a month, 200mg a month, 300mg a month, 150mg every 2 weeks, then 75mg once a week. The thing I noticed was that, the times where my weight never moved was when I stuck with a dosage but everytime the dosage was adjusted, my weight will increase. I’m not sure how to word it out but I’m certain that the testosterone has affected other hormones in my body where it’s suppose to increase lean muscle but did the opposite and gained fat. I’m not 100% knowledgeable and when I spoke with 3 endos, they all told me that TRT was suppose to help increase muscle and not gain fat and that I needed to improve on my diet and exercise… until I read their bio and their studies was general/diabetes endocrinology and after days and days of research and looking into other forums, I can safely say they were quacks and following the standard protocol of a typical endo.
And they said I may have subclinical hypothyroidism and taking thyorid medication may help (levothyroxine)
Right now, the decision relies on me if I want:
- go to back on TRT and re-challenge (currently off of TRT for 4 months and pretty sure it’s ganna be the same)
- go on thyroid medication
- go both TRT and thyroid medication
I feel like taking the thyroid medication to see how it helps then going on TRT but after reading so many stickies/posts, I feel like this forum may be more knowledgeable then practicing doctors and I would like to know what I may/may not have and what steps I should take and if my plan on going on thyorid medication then TRT is correct or not. If someone can please help as I haven’t been enjoying life in a few years… Thanks!