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    So I've had bloodwork done twice in the last week and the first time the results were really low, the second time they came back perfectly normal. What the hell?

    I originally tested back on the 4th in the afternoon and the results were:

    Total test: 296 ng/dL with a range of 240-950.
    Free test: 5.6 ng/dL with a range of 9-30.

    I tested again back on the 12th in the morning before eating anything and:

    Total test: 633 ng/dL.
    Free test: 14 ng/dL.

    (***Strangly enough, I'm a terrible morning person and have trouble accomplishing anything until at least a few hours after waking up, so these results are a little odd to me.)

    Now....I'm not a bodybuilder so I'm not one of these guys out there looking for medication for lifting purposes, I went to the doctor because lately I'm always tired, always fatigued and have zero sex drive. I've even had trouble getting it up a couple times recently so I decided enough was enough and got some bloodwork done.

    My doc's on vacation right now and we'll meet when he gets back to talk about this but is this type of variance in testosterone levels normal? I haven't changed my diet, training or supplementation. Since that second test I've been on a deload and I'm not feeling any better, so it's not an overtraining thing, I don't think.

    Anybody here see these kind of results before? I wanna get to the bottom of why I'm feeling the way I am and it's frustrating to be getting all-over-the-map results like these.

    Any help from people in the know would be appreciated.
    Last edited by dakoose; 06-19-2012, 12:32 PM.
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    Testosterone is always peaked in the morning. I don't know if it's supposed to dip quite so low later in the day, but a much higher morning value is perfectly normal.
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    • #3
      Hmmm...that's interesting.

      I remember learning about T naturally declining throughout the day in some of my bio classes but if I start the day maxing out at a normal level and by the early-mid afternoon I'm already down below normal....that's kind of fucked up. By the time the night rolls around I'm probably at zero, lol.
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        Ho many hours did u fast for the 'higher' test
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        • #5
          Originally posted by mister69 View Post
          Ho many hours did u fast for the 'higher' test
          I don't remember the exact amount of hours but I tested roughly a half hour after waking up from my usual 7-8 hours of sleep and I usually don't eat for 1-2 hours before going to bed so it was probably 10 hours.

          The first test where I came in low was an afternoon test that wasn't fasted, I was eating my regular amount of food that day.
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          • #6
            Makes sense.

            My dr told me a while back to make sure to get the blood work done I'm the am
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                Originally posted by mister69 View Post
                Makes sense.

                My dr told me a while back to make sure to get the blood work done I'm the am
                Same here I usually stop eating around 10pm if I have a 9-930 Appt.
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                • #9
                  That is a pretty large variance in one day...if those results repeat. Both tests put you in 'normal' range but that is a greater than expected difference...if its a one time occurrence then its fine and normal ... Can get spikes and lows caused by many things but you are usually looking at a 10-20% difference in the course of the average day. Like I said though, anyone's levels can be way off once and a while so you will have a better idea when he tests you again.

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                    • #11
                      Thanks for the input and information guys. From everything I've seen online and the graphs posted here, test definitely decreases with time, but it seem like mine dips way too much and my symptoms seem to reflect some type of testosterone issues, in my opinion, and my doc seemed to agree before. Like I said before, I'll talk to him when he returns from his vacation and I"ll post an update then.
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                      • #12
                        I really hope your doc gives you another set of tests before ,making a determination.
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                        • #13
                          There is also the possibility of a bad lab analysis. I have no idea of the frequency that this can happen, but I'm sure it does every now and again.

                          Another test or two will confirm the diagnosis. I hope everything works out for you, it is nothing that any of us should have to deal with.
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                          • #14
                            Thanks for the kind word fellas.....like I said, if the tests were screwy like this but I had no symptoms, I wouldn't be too worried, but these symptoms are fucking with me. My best bud just got married and the wedding was a blast....it was at a hotel and this beauty fell into my lap so we booked a room for the night....and nothing, limp like a noodle, first actual failure to launch for me. This is getting out of control and is now fucking with my mind.

                            My doc's younger and I have no doubt that he'll schedule another couple of tests...but if he does refuse I'll have to go talk to someone else.
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                            • #15
                              Yea man, I'm sure he will. The more you think about it, worry about it, dwell on it...the worse the symptoms will be. Just relax and talk to your doc.
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