Hello everyone! I haven't been posting as often as I normally do due to trying to find work and improve my situation financially. Have not been feeling so well lately ( I rarely do). I've had low motivation, low energy, depressed mood, low libido, scarce morning erections, pretty much all the typical symptoms of low testosterone. I haven't had any comprehensive bloodwork done because I normally have to beg a doctor to check things like testosterone and they look at me like I'm crazy for thinking I might have low testosterone. I even thought about paying for the bloodwork out of pocket to get the tests ran that I wanted because of how stubborn they are ,but my family's general practioner agreed to do the tests I wanted. However he was reluctant because he feels my main problem is depression and not low testosterone. He even wrote a letter that came along with my bloodwork in the mail that states my levels are well within "normal range".
So pretty much after a year and a half of realizing I have had low-t and symptoms I am still right where I was at when I noticed the shift take place in my life. The only thing that has changed is a slight increase in SHBG making what already low levels of testosterone I have even less effective. I am quite familiar with this feeling and what used to terrify me and cause me anxiety now is easier to manage since I realize what the common theme is behind my symptoms. Here's the bloodwork:
*Labs taken at 9AM
Albumin 4.3 g/dl Range: 3.4-5.0 g/dl
Cortisol 15.9 Range: 8.7- 22.4 ug/dl
DHEA 386 Range: 31-701 ng/dl
E2 22.1 Range: 7.6-42.6 pg/ml * this lab is actually healthy
LH 2.7 Range: 1.2-8.6 mIU/ml
Prolactin 7.6 Range: 3.3-26.7 ng/ml * this lab also reflects healthy numbers
SHBG 29.6 Range: 16.5-55.9 nmol/L * certainly not the best numbers but not terrible
Total Test. 343 Range: 175-781 ng/dl * This is not good
Free Testosterone 11.3 Range: 8.7-25.1 pg/ml * Not much better
Notice his old and ancient lab reference range for total testosterone. One literally would have to be on their death bed to fall short or outside of the entry lab range. So I guess some poor bastard would need to be 174 ng/dl before they receive treatment from this guy...lol...Remember everyone, Labcorp now has one of the more practical ranges out of all the others ( 348-1197 ng/dl) since their research team obviously understands what abysmally low levels the other lab ranges were in order for someone to be considered for treatment. I will soon be going to a specialist in TRT and anti-aging to receive treatment and yes I will have to pay out of pocket. Don't let a doctor use an ancient lab to test you when it only offers them a convenient excuse to deny you treatment since a dead man might actually fall within range of 175 ng/dl.