Got diagnosed with low testosterone about a year ago by my PCP. Results a year ago were:
Total Testosterone: 166 ng/dl (Ref Range 241-827)
TSH (3rd Generation): 1.820 mcIU/mL (Ref Range 0.358-3.800)
Been active at the gym ever since, eating a lot healthier, etc. Currently weigh 160 5'8.
Got retested in September 2012 by my PCP again.
Total Testosterone was at 215.
He mailed me a letter saying that TRT would be an option for me but wanted a second opinion from an Endo.
Saw the Endocrinologist a week later and she wanted to run a full panel blood test. She was concerned that it might have been a Thyroid issue since my mom had hyperthyroid issues. She also said my eyes popped out and that it was one of the symptoms.
I told her my libido is basically zero. No morning wood. Hard to build muscle....
She wanted to run a full panel test to figure out what was going on with me, whether it was thyroid, figuring out if it was primary or secondary.
A week later she gives me a call and tells me my results came back "low normal". She said that the total testosterone might be low but she calculated the testosterone available and she said I was "low normal" and that was that. I asked her if the "low normal" range was normal for my age and she says everyone is different so their really is no "normal result" as long as you're within range.
I wanted to get an opinion from you guys regarding my results and how I should move forward with treatment. I basically need some feedback I can throw back at my endocrinologist so that she might change her mind about putting me on TRT. My primary was open to the idea. It sucks having low libido and not being able to build muscle despite putting in hard work at the gym and eating right.
Cliff Notes: What the heck is going on with me (is it primary or secondary...anything off about my results...etc)? I need feedback so that I can relay it back to my endo. Thanks guys!