Sleep apnea and RBC, Hemoglobin and Hematocrit numbers

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I've asked this question in my intro thread but never got it answered probably because I ask a lot of questions so some go missing.

I've noticed my numbers before starting TRT and since being on it have stayed about the same. Am I right to say they are on the high side of ok? Or are they considered normal? I worry about them becoming elevated more and either having to stop TRT or giving blood too often. Personally I don't feel the TRT should be blamed since as I mentioned my numbers were like this before starting TRT.

I donated blood in the past to see if my numbers would stay lower but they seem to go right back to were they where so I'm thinking something else is causing it. Only thing I could come up with is sleep apnea. My body isn't getting enough oxygen while I sleep and it compensates by raising those numbers to help get more oxygen. Does that make sense? What else can be causing it?

Has anyone discovered they had sleep apnea and since starting treatment there RBC, Hemoglobin and Hematocrit numbers went down?

Here are before TRT and later labs showing RBC, Hemoglobin and Hematocrit numbers


some guys have higher RBC/HCT/et al.., due to their own physiology, like living at or having grown up at altitude in the mountains, let's say. But those increasing are an offshoot of using too much testosterone and a look at your dose and Free T would be where I would start, not having your Free T over the lab range, not sleep apnea or a sleep study. I'm just opposed to those thing me personally and may not be great advice for you.
I don't see a problem, your RBC and hematocrit are identical to pre-TRT. Your concern is unwarranted and you're worrying about something that may never come to pass. Anyone who is on TRT should get a sleep study done regardless.

If no sleep apnea is detected, then if it levels get high then you just donate some blood.
Thread starter #4
Thanks guys for the advice. I will be looking into a sleep study to put it to rest.

I don't wake up during the night gasping for air or feel like I don't get a good night sleep but my wife does say I snore. I'll look into finding a place to go to and update the tread with the outcome.
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Forgot to update.

I had the appointment with the Dr. a few weeks ago. I explained why I felt I may have sleep apnea and showed him my blood work. He asked me a bunch of questions and looked inside my mouth to see if I had a narrow air way. He felt there was a very small chance I have it based on everything. He said if I wanted to he would try to get the okay threw my insurance for the sleep test but felt it may not be easy, since I show no signs of a problem. He also informed me if I did have slight apnea it would be hard to get the equipment threw my insurance. So I felt it wasn't worth the trouble of looking into it anymore. He said if I change my mind I can always give him a call and he can try to put it threw.