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i am not sure if this is the right forum for this, but i also don't know which forum it belongs to.
i am a seventeen year old male, very physically active and fit, in good shape. i drink alot of milk, however my diet is rather narrow - consisting mainly of cereal, bagels, sub sandwiches, and/or poptarts or pretzels. so alot of starch. i do take multivitamins daily.
i have always had trouble gaining weight and adding muscle, but last summer i put on about fifteen pounds and most of it was muscle. i was bigger - musclewise - than i ever have been. i got up to 180 pounds.
however, beginning in august, i started to lose weight. i was not lifting very much, but i was playing soccer and still active. when wrestling season began weighed 170 pounds and dropped about 10 to make 160. however, every week would be a battle because i would gain back 8 or so and have to lose it all. once that season ended, i found myself weighing 164, then 162, then 159, and finally as low as 156. this prompted a trip to the doctor, and blood test, revealing low TSH. i saw an endocrinologist, who ordered more blood tests because i did not have all the symptoms of hyperthyroidism. these tests revealed incredibly low testosterone, only 99 (and i believe it should be 200+). there are more tests pending, but i am incredibly anxious to know what could be causing this.
My symptoms include the low TSH and testosterone, increasing sweatiness and heat intolerance, mood swings, aggression, concentration issues, dry skin and acne, loss of lean muscle, and loss of energy and endurance.
my question is that i lack much of the symptoms of low testosterone. my sexual function has not been affected, and neither has my sex drive.
what could be doing this?


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The doctor will most likely test you for Graves, which is a TSI antibody test to determine if you have an overactive thyroid gland.

I also suggest a Hashimoto's antibody test because even though people with Hashi, typically gain weight, in the early stages we Hashis go up and down several times and our TSH can vary from low to high. We also have mood swings, loss of energy, dry skin, etc. The antibody tests for Hashimoto's is TGab and TPOab. You would need both.

Both thyroid diseases are when antibodies attack the thyroid gland. They think your thyroid is a disease, by mistake, of course, and attack it. I am not familiar with testosterone levels.

I do remember adolescence and at that time I had crazy hormones. This may be the case with you, but it wouldn't hurt do run the tests.

:) Tamra
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BTW- If you do have thyroid disease, I suggest limiting your starch and going for high protein/low soy.

:) Tamra
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thank you tamraw

i should add that the doctors ran the TSI and it came back normal, which led him to rule out any thyroid issue. so basically, the problem is not being caused by the thyroid, but it is affecting my TSH and testosterone.
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Did you read my complete post? You should also get the TGab and TPOab tests for Hashimoto's. Go back and read my post. Do not let a doc rule out thyroid unless you get ALL the tests. Some people with Hashimoto's who have leaky nodules will have low TSH and high. It varies.

:) Tamra
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oh. lol i read the whole post i just didnt know what those were. all i knew was that the doctor said it wasn't thyroid. but i'll bring that up at the next appt. thanks.
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Yes like Tamra mentioned, you need a full thyroid test. You are young so I'm assuming this thyroid info is new to you.

I am male, now 42 have had Hoshimoto for many years and had symptoms as a teen but was not diagnosed back then. I had hyper episodes with tons of energy and sweating followed by weeks of no energy. I was also very athletic and driven. The only thing they did at around 19 was an adrenal test, totally ignoring thyroid till I was 31. I knew nothing about this stuff at the time.

So get a full thyroid panel- those antibody tests TamraW mentioned, and Free T3 and Free T4 thyroid hormone tests.

Testosterone - All hormones can 'pull' to work together, thats there job. If one is low another can work overtime and eventually become low itself. It is more common for adrenal gland to take a beating with low thyroid, but maybe testosterone can be affected too - just a guess, I'm not saying that s what happened to you.
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