I need some insight into a particular problem I’m having.
I just saw my latest blood test results. I got an extensive screening this time, because I’ve started sweating a lot more than usual (and I generally used to sweat a lot even before this problem arose), and it’s mostly my face and chest that sweats. Almost never hands, feet or armpits. I never leave the house without some tissues to wipe my forehead with, in case I start one of my sweating “tantrums”. It’s embarrassing having sweat running down my face when I’m just doing normal stuff in public.
My diabetes nurse thought it might be gustatory sweating, so she conferred with my endo, and she disagreed, because it’s sometimes spontaneous and/or with minimal activity, and not only related to eating. My BMI is in the “normal” range.
I regularly get my THS, T4, T3 and all that tested, and it has always been normal. So that was done again, plus many of the “gender specific” hormones.
The blood tests showed that I have slightly low potassium and pretty low carbamide, but the interesting thing was that I have pretty high levels of testosterone. It showed 37 nmol/L where the reference for guys my age (29) is between 11 and 35 nmol/L. I’m somewhere in the 2.5 percentile when it comes to natural testosterone levels in guys. I’m thinking this is highy unlikely to be “natural”.
It’s hard to find info on high levels of testosterone in men online. It’s usually related to women and low testosterone in men. The thing I found that seems the most likely is that it could be a thyroid issue, and likely Graves’ disease, when considering that I have type 1 diabetes, and have Graves’ disease in my family.
The symptoms seem to match. I sweat easily, I’m heat intolerant, my resting heart rate is around 105 BPM (and has been for years) and I get heart palpitations, fatigue, really sensitive bowels, elevated blood pressure, bouts of hand tremors and regular bouts of anxiety among some of the symptoms - most of which have persisted for years, but gotten worse lately.
I’m seeing my endo on October 11th, and we will obviously discuss it then, but I’m really curious of what you guys make of it? Can one have Graves’ disease with normal thyroid numbers?