First off I would like to say how awesome this forum is, definitely picked up a lot of information here. Anyway onto my story...
So back in July last year i spent a 12 weeks period eating at a calorie deficit preparing for my first bodybuilding show (NATURAL - NO TEST OR AAS). Everything went well, got down to about 5-6% bf. I kept my fat intake fairly high out of fear of lowering my testosterone too low. Post-comp however, my body never seemed to recover. I had no libido, no energy, and gained a lot of body fat despite reverse dietting. Fast forward 2 months of eating a high calorie diet I went to my doctor requesting blood work under the suspicion i had low testosterone. The doctor only tested testosterone, i assume he thought i was crazy being 19 complaining of low testosterone. But my results came back in the low 200s.
I then went to another doctor for a follow up and to get another opinion. He tested most things, LH, FSH, Prolactin, Liver function, HDL, LDL, everything came back fine. Apart from testosterone... this time however it was up to the high 200s. He then sent me for a testicular ultrasound. This showed nothing.
I then got referred through to an endocrinologist where i had to wait a few months to see them. I was given more blood tests this time she added, IGF-1, TSH, free T4, a cortisol suppression test, again everything was normal. She even sent me for an MRI which showed nothing abnormal. The good news this time however was my testosterone level had gone up to 550. She concluded that my body shutdown during my bodybuilding preparation and i was one of the unfortunate who took a long time to recover. Most of my friend who i competed with all felt back to there normal selves within a month so i wasnt really left feeling happy with her answer. However she said we will redo the test in 3 months and she assured me my levels should be higher again.
Fast forward to now (3 months after seeing the endo) I went and got my follow up blood work through my doctor. Levels have dropped again to 250 with again everything else looking normal, LH normal, Prolactin normal. I have an appointment with my regular doctor again tomorrow to discuss these results and i assume he will send me back to the endo, however I was wondering if anyone on this forum could give me any insight on what i should be requesting to get tested. I asked for oestrogen to be tested but my regular doctor dismissed this saying it shouldn't be a problem.
I am feeling very frustrated thus far as it was been a 9 month period of this. I still continue to eat an extremely healthy diet and exercise regularly. I am beginning to conclude TRT may be an option however any insight would be appreciated. Cheers
p.s. I will obtain a copy off all of my previous blood tests to post all the results on here to further help with any responses.
THANKS FOR READING