I have been following this forum for the past couple of months. It has given me a lot of new information regarding low t.
My story is as follows: Im a 25 year old student from scandinavia. I was diagnosed with a quite bad case of depression a couple of years ago. Docs prescribed me with some SSRI's. They seemed to help at first, but after a couple of months all the black clouds of my mind seemed to return. I was able to get myself off from the SSRI's after using them for a year. Even though I felt that the depression was cured, I was still thinking that something is wrong. I had still a lot of different symptoms: brain fog, irritability, weak results in the gym, low morning wood, anxiety, no motivation etc.
I did some research about different illnesses and decided to take a full blood panel and thyroid levels. Both were good. It wasnt until the end of this summer that I went to a private clinic and checked my t levels. Just to be sure I took two readings one month apart. Readings were:
TT:470 ng/dl (or 16 nmol/L)
SHBG: 35 (range 10-57)
FreeT: 244 (range 200 - 580pmol/l )* *not sure how to convert this into US units.
TT: 417 ng/dl (or 14 nmol/L)
SHBG: 28 (10-57)
FreeT: 232 (200-580)
E2: 0.11 (range <0.15 nmol/l )
LH:3.9 (range 2.5-7 IU/L)
PRL:110 (<300 mU/L)
As I mentioned before thyroid and other blood levels are good.
Ive made a contact with a private specialist who is willing to do a TRT trial with me. In some ways im eager to start that, but something is still holding me back. Im still fairly young and would like to explore more the possibilities of getting my own system working. I also have a left sided varicocele which was verified by ultrasound. What do you guys think? Could the varicocele give me a big enough of a boost, so that my levels would rise to a level that is normal for my age? Should I try to give my own system some kind of boost to increase the levels? Or, should just jump to the trt wagon and see what happens? I feel that Ive been living in the dark for so many years and the possibility that all this could be lifted gives me hope.
Oh and one more thing. My diet is good and I also take supplements - vit D, Zinc, Magnesium, B6 and occasionally vit C. Ive also been experimenting with L-tryptophane (similiar to 5HTP) which has helped quite a lot with anxiety. It has also helped with my sleep - its still quite crappy but not as bad as before.
Well, thats my story. Every input is welcomed!