I am a 20 year old male seeking advice for how to achieve optimal hormone levels through a type of testosterone replacement therapy. I would like to provide the forum with a bit of background of my situation. I beleive my problem initially began when I was 16 years old and I bought a "natural test booster" from a vitamin shop which in reality turned out being a prohormone. I felt that I crashed pretty hard displaying many of the usual signs of severe depression, fatigue, terrible moods, and little to no sex drive. Sure enough I began to slowly recover however the extent at which I recovered I cannot be certain was the same prior to taking prohormones. A year and a half ago I ran a cycle of testosterone enanthate at 500 mg a week with 500 mg a week of deca durabolin both at bi-weekly injections.
After running a post cycle therapy that consisted of 50 mg of clomiphene and 20 mg of nolvadex daily for 45 days, my body crashed extremely hard. Suffered all symptoms of an exteemly low T which was later confirmed by getting a testosterone result from the lab of 152.
Since that time I have slowly worked my way back to a total testosterone level of 375 with a free of 46 before any further types of treatment.
I found a trt doctor after countless hours of research online and began going through various types of treatments trying to bring my levels back up to normal. The most late treatment being dosing using HCG which began on April 10. The HCG appeared to work to an extent. He prescribed I run my first 20 days of HCG at 1000 iu's daily, and then the dosage was dropped down to 100 iu's daily which I still remain dosing with. The prblem is that with my HCG dosing I do feel soreness in both nipples which was very apparent at the higher dose but however now is much more mild to slight. Which makes me beleive a never ending HCG dosing my doctor wants is a real path that can be taken to treat things.
Also, I was diagnosed with a grade 4 varicocele in my left testacle at 16 which severely ached for a long time until treated. However after the treatment it still tends to ache however not nearly as bad. I can't help but think this has something to do with my hormones. Doctors tell me the varicocele is fine and there is nothing to do it but doctors don't know everything and the pain isnt enough to hve it worked on again.
Overall I feel in a sense "better" but I do beleive something to be lacking.
Height: 5' 11'
Body and Facial Hair: Lot of body hair, facial hair not super thick
Describe where you carry fat and how changed: mostly belly fat, not carrying much, hard to keep down.
Health conditions, symptoms [history]:
-Mild to heavy brainfog.
-Lack of energy
-Very low libido (usually never any morning erections or arbitrary erections)
-Hard to burn fat
-Increased belly fat
-Women don't neccesarily take on the persona of being art instead of lust anymore but its still nothing that gets me going.
-Feel tired a lot
-Get very irritable at times
Diet: High protein (150-200g per day)
higher Carbs ( 200-250 per day)
lower fats (40-65g per day)
Extremely lean diet with all food coming from whole foods and non proccessed with the excveption of one artificial protein source a day (shake or protein bar)
I drink 1 to 1.5 gallons of water a day.
I supplement with a mens multivitamin one in morning and one in evening and do not take a fish oil supp because it tends to induce acne for me.
Training: 50 minutes to an hour of moderate wieightlifting with minute and a half to 3 minutes rest. Alternating muscle groups. Every other day.
Day 1: Chest and tri's
Day 2: Rest
Day 3: Legs and calves
Day 4: rest
Day 5: Back and bi's
Day 6: rest
Day 7: shoulders
My concern is that with all of these symptoms that the only ting my doc is prescribing me is HCG treatment which I don't beleive is a way of treatment that can be sustained over a long period of time. I have not felt well for a year and a half now however I have felt better with the HCG it is not great and I feel like half a man to describe it most accurately.
Prior to writing this thread I have researched and read all stickies in the trt replacement forum. I have complete bloodwork that was taken on June 2, 2013. Here are the results posted in boxes below:
I understand I am young to be considering such an option however upon reading my background and labs I would appreciate any advice the forum has to give to help me continue to move forward to the optimum solution in treating what may or may not be going on for me. I would also like to know if there is validity in thinkng that HCG is not a proper long term treatment since it is not even putting my levels up to where they need to be anyways. I noticed there is a lot wrong after reading the stickies and researching the forum, especially in terms of my testosterone and my estradiol. Thank you