Starting from when I was about 13, I went through a period of working out relentlessly, without properly compensating nutrition-wise. Long story short, I was diagnosed with anorexia, despite eating consistently over 2000 cals per day.
In 2013, with the advice of my endo, I jumped on TRT (intramuscular injections, 2x month), and stayed on for over a year. About 7 months ago, I went completely cold-turkey, after my T levels started to drop while I tapered the TRT off (my endo promised me that I would just taper off easily, and there’d be no problem… which was total bullshit of course).
Well, here I am five years after starting what was a complete downward spiral for my life, and I still am struggling to get my HPTA axis to restart.
I have low TSH AND low LH, yet I also have low t3 and t4, and extremely low testosterone (no production whatsoever, aside from the paltry amount produced by my adrenals: my levels are 68 ng/dcl right now!!)
Here are my labs, and bear in mind that my t3 levels appear this way because I was on 25 mcg cytomel BID for a month prior to having these taken):
t4 - <0.4 (0.7-1.48) ng/dl
t3- 2.7 (1.73-3.71) pg/ml
TSH- 0.3 (0.4 - 4.7)uIU/ml
SHBG 70 (11-80) nmol/L
Testosterone T/bioavailable total- 68 (300-1200) ng/dl
Leptin 0.7 ng/ml
I don’t have the numbers off hand, but I know my estradiol is practically nonexistent.
I’m looking for someway to jump-start my HPTA axis, that won’t require long-term dependence on exogenous hormones, medications, or injections. Does anyone know of something that could help?