Posted , 3 users are following.
I have been trying to get bloodwork done on occasion over the last year, and some of my results concern me. Mostly that my RBC, WBC, HGB, and HCT keep declining despite my athletic profile and constant push to raise these levels. On top of that, my testosterone levels are on the low end of the range, and my free testosterone is very low, outside of range. There are some other markers that could be cause for concern, such as my BUN and CRE, but I attribute this to a diet slightly high in protein, creatine supplementation, and a high exercise lifestyle.
I am not experiencing many symptoms other than always being a bit fatigued and tired (I seem to have a bad sleep/wake cycle and I just abruptly wake up too often despite getting ~8 hours of sleep/night).
For now, I am focused on my blood cell count, and I have had various other markers checked to see if that could by why they are low (Iron profile, vitamin and nutrient profile) and everything came back looking pretty good. I have tried many sauna sessions as they have been shown to trigger the release of EPO and stimulate RBC production [1 and 2]. As mentioned I have a very active lifestyle, sometimes leading to overtraining but I try to be smart and keep that minimal. My diet is well rounded, mostly organic and non-processed food sources with a good macro ratio that fits my lifestyle.
So, I’m not sure where to go from here or what else I should check. I have spoke with (2) doctors, neither of which were any help. One of the doctors said that since my numbers were either within range or barely outside, it should not be cause for concern. Obviously, I am trying to be proactive and as an athlete I would prefer to raise my RBC and HGB count if I can (Not to mention the chronic low WBC count is starting to worry me).
So, based off of this and the attached bloodwork, does anyone have any thoughts, suggestions or questions? Should I find another doctor, perhaps a hematologist or functional medicine doctor to work with?
0 likes, 4 replies