Below are my most recent blood test results. I am just listing the some of the key results, there are more if anyone is interested.
I'd be interested to hear peoples comments.
*** values are out of range
Test - Result (normal range)
TSH - 1.185 (.35-5.5)
T4 - 8.5 (4.5-12.0)
T3 uptake - 36 (24-39)
Free Thyroxosine Index - 3.1 (1.2-4.9)
WBC - 3.7 (4-10.5) ***
RBC - 5.27 (4.1-5.6)
Hgb - 17.2 (12.5-17) ***
rest of CBC in normal range
Testosterone, serum 390 (241-827)
Free Test 11.2 (7.2-24)
DHT - awaiting test results
DHEA- S 107 (70-310)
Estradiol 22 (0-53)
LDH 632 (100-250) ***
AST 74 (0-40) ***
Iron - 228 (40-135)
Total Cholesterol - 167 (100-199)
HDL -63 (40-59) ***
A little background. I am on self administered HRT. The hassle the HMO puts up to get administered wasnt worth the hassle. I first saw Dr Cristler who got me started down the right path but once he stopped seeing patients not coming to his office I had to find another path.
I started using 100mg/week of testE. Everything was good (test levels in upper normal range) but my HCT, HGB levels elevated to extremely high levels that could not be controlled through regular blood donations. I switched to topical and the results posted above were from my first blood test after 6 weeks of topical. For this test I was using .75ml of compounded 200mg cream. But, as you can see my serum and free test levels are still very low.
I would prefer to use injections as the topical makes me feel fine during the day but at night it is clearly not as good. I am now trying a very small injection (40mg/week rather than 100) and combine that with the topical. Hopefully this will moderate the evening problems, elevate my test levels and minimize the HCT, HGB elevations.
Go ahead and ignore the iron elevation as that is an ongoing problem that the Dr's cant find a reason for but is controlled via the blood donations. I dont have Hemochromotosis as I was teste for this and it was neg. I also had a liver biopsy and all looked good.
One side effect for me has always been bloating and feeling "full" all the time. This has been a side regardless of whether I use topical or injections. I always thought it was elevated estradiol but every time I have it test it comes back in the desired range (~20). Does anyone have an idea on what it could be? DHT? (which I am waiting results for and have never tested prior).