Testosterone, normal levels but many symptoms?

Posted by thetor @thetor, Oct 1 12:29am

Hey there.
Hope I can get some info and maybe som good tips on what I should do, as my doctor makes it feel like it's just in my head, though it doesn't feel that way to me.

I've recently had a few visits with my doctor, because I've noticed that I have several of the symptoms that could be caused by low test. levels.
But after being tested twice, my levels are what he says are "within the lower normal levels"
He says my symptoms are not caused by low testosterone, but says it's due to a lot of other factors.
And I am very confused.

– Mr. Willie isn't as active as he should be
– My hair is running away from my face
– Problems with my memory is getting more normal
– I feel fatigued a lot of the time
– Get easily annoyed/antsy
– Feeling more depressive/down than before
– Problem building musclemass
– Problem burning fat (Both despite having a very strict and hard training and diet)
– Lack of focus

And these are newer symptoms, only started noticing them the last 2 or so years. And I'm not even that old, 39 and turning 40 next year (2023)
I genuinly have no idea what to do next.
Any tips and/or advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thank you

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Hello @thetor, Welcome to Connect. It can be pretty disturbing to have all of those symptoms and the doctor is not able to tell what's going on. It's good that you are advocating for your own health and trying to get a handle on what's going on with your body. Here's some information that talks about testosterone levels and symptoms and may describe what's going on.

"However, many men with normal testosterone levels have similar symptoms so a direct connection between testosterone levels and symptoms is not always clear. As a result, there is some controversy about which men should be treated with supplemental testosterone."
— Testosterone — What It Does And Doesn't Do – Harvard Health:
Have you thought about getting a second opinion or seeking help at a teaching hospital or major health facility?


T, I’m a 70 y.o. male and retired nurse and I have 2 main thoughts on your issues. I’m glad you settled your mind by knowing your testosterone level is ok. Some of your symptoms may be due to carbon monoxide gas as they sound very similar. My other thought is for you to see a psychotherapists but only after you’ve had a complete physical exam. You only said your doc checked your testosterone, was a full chemistry panel performed? Did you relay all these symptoms you describe to your doctor as well? If you’re trying to put on weight with muscle mass and exercising and dieting to accomplish this and you’re not something is amiss. One question are you using steroids? Some of the side effects of steroids are also described in your symptoms too. Good luck!

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