Waist: 40" (at the largest part of my midsection)
Body and Facial Hair: average for both, I guess
Where I carry fat: midsection
Supplements: multivitamin, vitamin D3 (6000 IU), fish oil, zinc (50 mg), magnesium (400 mg)
OTC Drugs: Rogaine and Zyrtec
Diet: I eat pretty clean and get plenty of healthy fats and cholesterol
Training: 4x/week powerlifting split (Westside)
Morning Wood: yes if I have to pee (usually the case), otherwise no
Testes Ache?: I get testicular pain on an infrequent basis (not with a fever), but I got this checked out recently and had an ultrasound done and the doctor said there’s no reason to think that it’s anything serious (torsion, cancer, etc.).
Health Conditions, Symptoms, History (Cliff’s notes)
I’m always tired! I’d say it started around 2006 and has been getting worse. I fall asleep in class all the time. I fall asleep pretty much every time I read. When I was working I’d fall asleep there. I’ve even fallen asleep while driving. It doesn’t matter how much sleep I get, I can still fall asleep the next day. About 1.5 years ago I had a sleep study done, and they found that I had mild to moderate sleep apnea. I got a CPAP and I used it regularly, and still do, but it didn’t make a difference in my daytime sleepiness and fatigue! So I went and had a multiple sleep latency test done (MSLT, see Wikipedia for details). It showed that I have idiopathic hypersomnolence, which is a fancy way of saying that I’m always tired and they don’t know why. I don’t have narcolepsy–they can tell that from the brain readings they take.
In order to help me stay awake, I’ve tried energy drinks, caffeine, Ritalin (it was prescribed to me as a stimulant), etc. That stuff helps, but I can still fall asleep! Furthermore, I want to fix the problem and not be dependent on stimulants in order to function normally.
History of Steroid Use
I did one 19 week cycle of testosterone enanthate @ 600 mg/week, along with Arimidex to keep my estrogen in check. I was curious to see if my low-ish test level (372 ng/dL, see lab work in following posts) was to blame for my fatigue. Testosterone didn’t fix the problem, but I do think it helped a little bit. I’m currently in the middle of my PCT and it seems like my sleepiness is worse than ever!
Where do I go from here…
Once I’ve been off for a few months and my system is more or less recovered I’ll go see a doctor and get some blood work done to try to get to the bottom of all this. In the meantime, I need to learn more about what could be wrong with me and come up with a game plan for when I see the doctor. Here are the blood tests I plan to ask for, what else I should add?
8 a.m. Cortisol
If you have any ideas why I’m so tired, please let me know!