« on: January 26, 2015, 10:39:21 pm »
I've been reading through the articles here as well as the threads on the forum and haven't really found what I need yet so thought I should ask.
A little background: About a year and a half ago, I started getting turned away when trying to donate blood because my diastolic BP (the bottom number) was > 100. I also noticed that my energy levels dropped considerably. I was 49 years old at the time.
I figured that it was because a few pounds had crept on so I tried losing some weight. I never really had trouble losing weight in the past (keeping it off was the problem) but this time it was a real struggle. I would lose around 10 pounds and then it would just stop. That 10 pounds wasn't enough to reverse the symptoms I was having.
As of this month, I finally admitted defeat and went to my doctor. Instead of losing over that time, I had slowly been putting more weight on, despite ongoing efforts to lose weight. I am 5'11" and about 220 lbs, so about 50 lbs overweight now. Thyroid problems run in my family so I thought maybe mine was crapping out and causing the problems.
I talked to my doctor and he ordered up some tests. He decided to throw the total testosterone test on there at the last moment but I didn't think it was that because I didn't really have an issue with libido or ED.
When the tests came back, my TSH was out of range high and my T4 was low normal. I suspect Hashimoto's since I am Celiac and seem prone to autoimmune issues but he didn't order the antibodies test to know for sure. The shocking thing though was my Total T came in at 144 ng/dL, less than half the bottom of the normal range (291 - 739).
When I started reading here and other places about people with low t, it seems that all of them have low libido and/or ED, and that was with readings higher than mine. I don't have that. Libido is high enough to be a pest to my wife, I get morning wood 3-4 times a week and erections are fine. I mean, it's not like I'm 18 anymore with respect to the sex drive and orgasms take a bit longer than they used to but all in all, everything seemed okay in that department.
So, is it possible to be normal at that low or is it pointing to a different issue that is showing as low t? The doctor gave me a prescription for Androgel but it's $100 a month and that is a bit steep (I got a kid in college and another that will be next fall; gotta conserve where I can). I also have a low dose levo prescription for the hypothyroid.
I feel that I am in a bit of a Catch-22 scenario with the weight. All of this would probably improve if I could lose the weight but it's all actively working against losing weight. The crushing fatigue that has developed doesn't help either.
Any help or insight would be appreciated.