Dr. has ordered a blood test..now what?


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Hello everyone,

I figure I'll give a rundown on myself and situation. 30 y/o male here 5'9 170lbs with most symptoms of low test (constant fatigue/lack of energy, body aches, slight ED, brain fog, depression, failure to make improvements on my lifts in the gym and just always feel like I've been hit by a truck kind of feeling). I have been an avid gym goer since high school but have always struggled as far as gaining strength and size. Typically no matter how clean my diet is and how much sleep I'll get I will plateau on my lifts then get hit with a wave of fatigue and aches causing my lifts to drop back down only having to work up close to PR's then the cycle repeats. Current lifts are DL 225, Squat 190, Bench 185 which are all near my lifetime PR's despite being a consistent 3-5 times a week lifter and always trying to eat a good diet with adequate amount of protein.

I've always summed it up to poor genetics but a coworker who is on TRT suggested to mention it to my Dr since that may be an issue. Ive seen a Urologist since my early 20s to monitor chronic flareups with prostatitis. I mentioned the symptoms to him last time I was there and he said we would see about having blood work with today being my most recent checkup and since all symptoms are still present he has me trying out a biweekly dose of 5mg cialis for 2 months to see how it works as well as having my blood work done to check my Total and Free Test readings at the end of the year with a follow up a few weeks afterward.

My question for you guys is does my situation really sound like a typical case of Low T? If so is there anything I can do in the meantime to treat my symptoms? Also for my test at the end of the year I want to be sure to get an accurate readout and prevent doing anything to spike my testosterone levels prior to blood work. Any pointers?
please get a blood test done to see all your levels, i would contact Entourage Doc here on the boards to get started on trt properly.
You won't know if you need TRT until you have complete blood work done and validated. Testosterone Free and Total are only part of the tests you will need. CBC, SHBG, LH, FSH, estradiol (ultra sensative), DHEA, Cortisol, Thyroid (TSH, T3 and T4), Lipid Panel, Homocysteine, IGF-1, PSA are good basic tests.

Getting your blood work done first thing in the morning and fasted is a good baseline. Always have your blood work done and drawn at the same time so you can correlate it to your other tests.
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