That Epstein-Barr point you made was sort of brushed over quickly. There is a tight correlation from everything I've read between Hashimoto's/thyroid problems and EB virus. That could potentially be the entire cause of your problems.
However, you are correct in your overall point that the 3 systems have to be all working properly: thyroid, adrenals, gonadal. I've yet to see anyone post bloodwork where they had healthy natural testosterone levels with poor or mediocre thyroid and/or adrenal function. It's almost as though if one of those doesn't work, they all don't work. They all support each other.
I would pursue that EB antibody channel more if I were you.
Yes, I will, and I think you're right. The only thing is the research for treatment is *slim* when it comes to EBV. I can't find any books on the subject. At the same time, I have a pretty tight case, I think, for the adrenals being the culprit, and in the past (before starting TRT) felt moderately better just by trying 50 mcg of levothyroxine. Also, I have no problems with thyroid antibodies, meaning no Hashimotos, meaning thyroid problems could possibly fit a low adrenal situation (i.e., low adrenals causing thyroid problems) given that 90% of hypothyroid cases, apparently, are related to autoimmune things, and I've only heard of EBV influencing antibodies for thyroid. You know any different?
Do you have any literature on treating EBV? i'm not asking you to look stuff up (I can do that); just any good stuff you already know about.
I'm sorry, but I don't have any specific references or literature I can point you to. This is just something I've read about here and there. And now with cujet's story you have more to substantiate this point. Taking this discussion a level higher and more big picture, it seems like any chronic viral condition seems to have the same hormone devastation effect. Think about HIV for a minute (even though it is not EB, it is a viral load that the body's immune system has to deal with). Every single source I've read points to testosterone levels that are decimated even with drugs that reduce the viral load substantially. I believe Nelson Vergel is a good example of this. Also, if you recall Charlie Sheen's interview with Matt Lauer when he came out with his HIV diagnosis, he points to horrible symptoms of night sweats, massive migraine headaches and a slew of other low T symptoms. He is on TRT even with the reduced viral load and HIV "cocktail" drugs. The point seems to be that the endocrine system doesn't like any form of instability...ie. fighting chronic conditions such as viruses, autoimmune diseases, Crohn's, or leaky guy/digestive problems. The hormonal channels pay the price when the body is in this state.