I first got my T checked because of memory and brain fog issues. Probably when I was 25 or so. It came back in the 500s I think, and doc told me I was fine.
Around when I was 28 I was able to reduce a lot of stress in my life but symptoms didn’t improve, so I changed my diet and started weightlifting very seriously. That lasted for 3 years. In those 3 years I gained maybe only 5lbs of muscle. I was constantly working on form and getting a lot of advice on the forums. I was lean bulking several months at a time and then cutting and I should have had more to show for it.
After that I got my T checked and it came back in the 300s.
So I thought maybe I was overtraining. I started “Starting Strength” and saw a certified SS coach. I did everything he told me. I gained probably 30-40lbs over a year and again only 5lbs of muscle. That was 4 years of lifting and I still couldn’t squat over 200lbs.
I got really depressed, my motivation died, my memory still sucked, over those years I also got really irritable and suicidal. Not just because of my lack of progress BTW, life just became overwhelming in general.
I got my T checked again and it was again in low 300s. So I decided to quit weightlifting, and go back to my old lifestyle where my T was in the 500s. I did that for about a year and my T got up to mid 400s. But I still felt like hell.
So I started TRT at that point.
I will say that I obviously tested more than TT all those times, my FT was also in the can.
I’ve been on TRT for half a year now, and am slowly seeing lots of improvements. I still don’t weight lift but I’m already more muscular that I was when weightlifting. My energy has gone up, and brain fog has disappeared.
I don’t yet have the energy or motivation to start lifting again though. I am too afraid I will not make progress and spin my gears again. I don’t want to get into that funk.