***I was encouraged to post here***
I'm 35, great shape, longtime lifter, 190lbs, 12% BF. I started a cycle of DAA/Triazole on December 1st, 2011. I stopped on December 31st - 4 weeks total. I am an American living in Australia.
On December 28th, 2011 I noticed the following symptoms progressing weekly from this date forward: SUDDEN loss of erection quality, weaker urine stream, disrupted sleep to urinate, irritability, anxiety, libido loss, fatigue, loss of motivation, lost sense of well-being. . I saw a Urologist and explained things and he suggested I get a blood tests to check for testosterone levels and other things.
Here are (some) of the results from my 8:30am Jan. 18th, 2012 blood test:
-Prolactin - 151 mIU/?L (85 - 500)
-Cholesterol - 4.2 mmol/L (3.9 - 5.5)
-FSH - 2.4 U/L (1.5 - 13.0)
-LH - 4.8 U/L (2.0 - 10.0)
-Testosterone - 14.3 (11.5 - 32.0)
***I was ALARMED that my Test, FSH, and LH were all in the low-normal range. How could this be?? For years my libido was ALWAYS very high and I was always very aggressive and positive. I would never do steroids, because of my already aggressive personality. The low-normal scores were very surprising. I don't think the supplements had anything to do with my symptoms. I do think the these had a problem with my prostate. ***
The urologist who looked at the above results was very non-chalante and said, "Your in the normal range, so there's no problem. IT IS ALL IN YOUR HEAD. Stop worrying so much and deal with stress and anxiety better." That DID NOT answer the issue with my prostate, which he did not even bother to check. I decided to take another blood test upon the advice of my GP. I read that you can still exhibit these symptoms if you are in the low-normal range.
I asked for my GP to order a test for FREE Testosterone and here are the results from my Feb. 7th blood test (3 weeks later from 1st test):
Reproductive Hormones - Roche Method
Oestradiol - 86 pmol/L ( <160 )
Testosterone - 20.2 (11.5 - 32.0) ****UP from previous blood test***
SHBG - 28 nmol/L (15 - 50)
Free Androgen Index (FAI) - 72.1 % (15 - 100)
PSA - 1.6 ug/L ( 0.20 - 2.1 0 ) ***men 30 - 39, the median range is 0.75 ug/L. This is high for my age***
A follow up rectal exam of my prostate revealed that it was VERY inflamed. I subsequently took urine tests to test for infection and all came back negative for infection.
How could my total test go up that much in 3 weeks?
Was my stress levels high enough to lower my test and experience these symptoms?
What does my SHBG score mean: am I in a good range?
What does the FAI score mean - it appears to be in a range as a percentage?
Did they FORGET to test my FREE testosterone or is that the FAI (which is what my urologist said - I think he's wrong)?
Would my enlarged prostate cause the ED and lowered testosterone?
How do my levels look overall?
Should I get a follow up blood test in a few weeks/months?
How much test do you lose after 35 and at what rate?
Overall, I should now tell you that during this time, I am about to move overseas after living in Australia for 3 years, I have very little money, I am in a relationship with a woman I may never see again, and my business that I own was driving me crazy.
My GP also found that my prostate was enlarged and I have been taking doxycycline and that seems to be making a positive impact on things.
As of today, my well-being and erection quality is slowly coming back.
Any thoughts or suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!!