*Some* of my test results.
- 05-07-2013, 10:35 PM
*Some* of my test results.
I'm still waiting on testosterone levels. but I can give my levels from 9/12.
these are current, just waiting for the rest:
05/06/13 PSA Screen 0.4 0.0-4.0 05/03/13 FSH 25.3 05/03/13 TSH 2.42 mcIntl_uni 0.35-5.50 05/03/13 LH 10.8 05/03/13 Prolactin 7 05/03/13 Estradiol 27
My Testosterone levels from 9/12 are here:
total testosterone - 610 range 250-1100ng/dL
Free Testosterone - 71.1 range 35-155 pg/mL
DHEA Sulfate - 93 range 45-345 ( I'm doing 50mg a day)
estradiol - 26 range <or= 39pg/mL
cortisol - 17.6 range 4.0-22.0
Looking at my FSH and LH levels and my research says I am having testicular failure?
good enough reason for the doc to do TRT?
Been trying to get *back* on it with my doctor but he doesn't know what he's doing so I recently switched doctors and these are the recent results he's ordered.
any help would be appreciated.
- 05-07-2013, 11:26 PM
Your free and total testosterone levels are both well within normal limits. FSH and LH are high, which would suggest that your pituitary is having to kick up the gonadotropins (implying gonadal failure), but it would appear there is appropriate compensation (amazingly termed compensated hypogonadism).
I'm not an endocrinologist, but my interpretation would be that you're on your way to being a candidate for TRT, but right now if you're having some of the very vague symptoms that many like to attribute to hypogonadism, it probably isn't as a result of your testosterone levels. Your HPTA appears to be intact, so if you initiated exogenous TRT your pituitary would probably just stop pumping out LH at such a high level, further shutting down your testicular production of testosterone, and you'd essentially end up with exogenously administered testosterone but at a similar physiologic value (after HPTA adjustments) which wouldn't leave you feeling any better (although, some docs will treat you to high-physiologic in which case you might notice a difference at the cost of likely running into side effects associated with increased estradiol, etc).
My educated guess is that a lot of people would deny you TRT. Having said that, I know lots of physicians these days who are happy to treat you with TRT if you're willing to pay their nursing fee for you to come in and get a shot at their clinic, an inconvenience I'd hardly call justifiable.
If you want a real answer, you'll have to see an endocrinologist. Internet warriors like to pretend they know what they're talking about and that endocrinologists are dumb, but that's sheer ignorance.
05-08-2013, 12:16 AM
Well I've been having all the symptoms for a few years now. and was on TRT with androgel a few years back. I don't want to do shots, I'd rather just do Androgel. It worked for me.
Symptoms I'm having aren't vague and are no morning wood, no or low libido, loss of muscle mass and strength, I'm about 60lbs overweight with the mass in my belly. The only way to get and maintain a halfway ok erection is with viagra and a **** ring. Lack of attitude(blues or depression) or drive. Things that I used to like doing aren't fun anymore like scuba diving and surfing. they seem like a chore as does having sex.
My attitude is that of a cranky old man.
and I have high blood pressure.
05-08-2013, 01:41 AM
If the androgel worked for you before, then you've got a better case to treat your compensated hypogonadism. But, I'm not the one you've got to sell
Having said that, clinically speaking, those things you described are all very vague and associated with many different conditions. Those in the context of low testosterone is what is going to make most physicians treat for hypogonadism. And, even then, they'll probably still run a whole battery of tests looking at your blood cells, electrolytes, vitamin levels, etc. in addition to those listed above. And, this completely ignored the psychiatric possibilities.
Either way, best of luck.
05-08-2013, 02:22 AM
thanks, I welcome them to run tests, maybe they'll find something out which can be treated and fix this way that I've felt for the past 4-5 years.
05-08-2013, 07:48 AM
I have high blood pressure (quote)
Are you on any Meds? Have you ever done DHT blockers?
I would test my pregnenolone, D3, DHT, E1, SHBG, and increase my DHEAs.
05-09-2013, 10:13 AM
Mr. TT: just curious, why do you make those suggestions for his hypertension?
"I'm not fat, I'm big boned!"
05-09-2013, 11:10 AM
Mr TT I've not done any DHT Blockers, nor have the done those tests to my knowledge. however if they send me to the endo will they do those or should I also suggest them and what are they for?
05-09-2013, 11:11 AM
Heavy people sometime aromatize testosterone's precursor into E1 real easily, and E2 stays within limits.
Next, you need DHEA to make testosterone precursors, and his is really low.
As for his High blood pressure? I asked for what types of meds he may be on...., which may be affecting his hormones.
05-09-2013, 12:29 PM
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