Low Test levels at age 28
- 10-23-2008, 11:33 AM
Low Test levels at age 28
I am 28 yo, 5'11", 175 lbs at approx. 12% bodyfat. I have been training for about 4 months now.
I went to the Dr. complaining of feeling depressed, low libido, ED problems, no desire for life or friends or activities, etc. so we did some blood tests and these are the results:
Component, Value, Range,
Testosterone, total 233(*) - (ng/dL)
% Free Testosterone 1.10 (*) - (%)
Free Testosterone 25.7 (*) - (pg/mL)
TSH 1.12 0.40-4.00 (uIU/mL)
Free T4 0.8 0.5-1.6 (ng/dL)
I went back and got a shot of Testosterone, 200mg. I'm supposed to wait a month and see if this helps.
So, I have a few questions:
Why would my test levels be so low at age 28?
What can I expect from the injection? Side effects, results, etc.?
Could this amount of testosterone shut down my normal production and will I need some type of medicine or supplement later to remedy that?
I'm trying to read up on this as I go along, so bear with me and thanks in advance for your replies.
- 10-23-2008, 11:40 AM
Don't worry about your natural test production, it simply isn't happening. Although I would have put you on clomid, nolva, toremifene, naltrexone, or SOMETHING to try and re-start the machine.
200mg a month is not enough. Likely, you need 200mg a week.
Low test can happen for a number of reasons. Myself, I had a burn-out and then my test was low forever. There is no single, easy-to-find cause for this, sorry.
- 10-23-2008, 11:45 AM
Are those things you mentioned prescription drugs or what? How do I go about getting on them?
This is very disconcerting for me, and I need answers, so thanks for the help.
10-23-2008, 12:38 PM
Too bad your doc didn't test FSH/LH before the shot, to see if your low T is primary (testes) or secondary (pituitary). If secondary (LH low), a restart protocol might be worth trying at your age.
10-23-2008, 01:15 PM
Do not self treat your self..It will only make matters worse get with a good DR who knows their stuff ..If you are in north eastern USA PM me and I can give you some contacts
I am not a medical Dr, please keep in mind that this answer is for information purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat or replace sound medical advice from your physician or health care provider.
10-23-2008, 01:31 PM
10-23-2008, 01:53 PM
I live in a suburb of Seattle if there's anyone who can recommend a good doc for me up here.
10-23-2008, 03:50 PM
10-23-2008, 04:07 PM
see a specialist no questions about it. You don't want HRT at 28
10-23-2008, 04:16 PM
The testosterone injection I got is indeed hormone replacement therapy, is it not? So, that's bad right...?
I have decent insurance, so at least that's not a problem.
10-23-2008, 04:21 PM
slow down, don't freak out! Hopefully, you will be able to improve your quality of life out of this, but until then keep reading and yea, you might want too see a specialist to run some more tests. No one recommened free t3 so I will throw that one in , although your tsh is ideal.
10-23-2008, 04:52 PM
Read this board.
Read my thread:
Do not overlook post #44 there
Get a book by dr Tierry Hertoghe
You are going to find out that these days many 30yo people are already low on many hormones.
Many hormones not just a T.
Unfortunately many doctors are not familiar with this problem.
Some will give you (half ass) TRT, that is they give you a large T shot, make yoiu feel better for couple days and scre8w you long term.
You have to be carefull selecting doctor and what you would let him do to you.
My back is still holding ok, thank you.
10-23-2008, 10:03 PM
Great to hear it JanSz. Sound advice here.
10-24-2008, 03:06 PM
I think yes and no to this answer.
Definitely see a specialist and deal with the problem in any natural way possible before thinking about TRT.
But if you 100% need TRT, it will be a lifesaver... I'm 30 and wish I had started years earlier. 28 is defintely not too young. Some people need it...and a lot of people go through hell for years before finally getting it.
You definitely want to be sure you need it before starting though, it's for life.
Deal with diet/nutrition/lifestyle first. Do JanSz' bloodwork he posted as well to see what may be causing it, get nutrition + immune deficiency testing as well if you can. You want to extinguish all possible options before going the route of HRT/TRT
10-24-2008, 03:16 PM
Whatever is my cause, I have not been able to naturally raise my own total test above 380, after several rounds of testing, bloodwork, tweaking my life for a couple years, more bloodwork, no results - so I started TRT.
10-29-2008, 01:48 PM
Im 25 and im in the same boat ive been on TRT for almost a year. Ive seen specialist at the UW medical center in seattle and couldnt give me any straight answers. I have to get all my blood work papers together and get a file going. I still dont feel right.
Does anyone know of any good docs in the seattle washington area? I have a P-Doc and a Endro but im not 100% confident in either of them and there treatments (old school) maybe do to a laxed practice of the years.
10-30-2008, 12:24 AM
He's also got a separate practice in Federal Way that doesn't accept insurance, but he can do a lot more for you there. Here's the link to his web site: http://www.drscottfox.com/
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