I’m a 25-year-old, 5’10” male, and am about ~180 lbs. with 20% (maybe even 25-30%) body fat. I’ve been dealing with symptoms of low testosterone for a long time, well over two years.
I’m currently taking 20mg Adderall XR almost daily, and have been taking Adderall for almost 5 years. I recently got my labs drawn again, and got them drawn a few times. The highest total testosterone I ever had was 350 ng/dL (ref. range 250-1100) and the lowest I ever had was 224 ng/dL (different lab, but ref. range 250-827 ng/dL). The last time I had my free T tested was in December 2016, a year and a half ago, where it was 65.1 pg/mL (ref range 35-155 pg/mL)
I moved in 2017 and began seeing a new doctor (endocrinologist) thankfully, and in 2015 and 2016 the endo. I had was pretty crappy. She basically said when I “lost fat” my testosterone levels would improve, but it made no sense to me that she didn’t realize that testosterone would actually allow me to lose fat when combined with exercise & proper diet, both of which I was doing at the time.
I think I’m relatively young for someone potentially getting on hormone therapy. That’s one concern. Another concern is the endocrinologist I see. He’s a nice guy, but even some of the tests he didn’t order told me he wasn’t very well versed in the field. For instance, he didn’t order free testosterone, SHBG, or estradiol on the first labs I did. It took me doing my research to even realize how important these tests are to get a better picture of what’s going on and actually calling and asking him to order them.
Symptoms of low testosterone I’ve been dealing with almost daily are depression, extremely low energy, sleep deprivation or oversleeping, stubborn body fat, low strength (At 5’10” 180+ I can’t bench 95 lbs. for more than 10 reps at a time…), and I’ve overall been a lot more negative and temperamental. On top of that I’m procrastinating like crazy and can’t focus. Just don’t have energy and am always tired. Feels like I’m in a constant mental fog. I feel like I’m balancing a ton of things right now, but can’t do any e feel like a sleep-deprived meth head at all times. I got on Prozac for over a year, got off, got back on again for a year, and got back off about two months ago. One of my hobbies used to be reading, but I can’t even read read as well as I used to and get frustrated when I do because my comprehension is a joke. The Prozac definitely helped with mood, but I wanted to get off of it to see if it impacted testosterone. Clearly it didn’t since 3.5 weeks after getting off of it, my numbers were worse.
I’m also isolating myself a lot more, ever since I got off the psych meds, which I’m hoping that TRT can help me with. For instance, I usually made time once a week to go out and grab dinner with friends on a Friday or Saturday night, but I’ve maybe hung out with friends twice in the past month and a half. And when I did, I just didn’t feel as “good” or “sharp.” Everything feels like it’s forced, and I feel like I’m pushing a rock up a mountain but actually going nowhere. Probably sound like a weak bitch right now, and I hate it.
I’m in a crazy rush, since my insurance runs out at the end of June. I’ll still b have insurance, but here in the U.S we’re allowed to stay on our parents plan until age 26, and I chose to stay on my father’s plan since it’s cheaper and I get more access than the alternative. I attached all the labs I’ve ever done as well.
I have a few concerns. And it’s probably a lot of anxiety that’s making me hesitant to start TRT stat. One of them is if I’m too young and if medication is the issue.
I’ve also been comparing the past to now, now that when I began lifting weights in 2011, I still was in crappy shape. For example, one of my friends was a stick and grew like a tree, we starting lifting at the same weights, but he progressed like mad. I got healthier of course through proper diet and exercise, but failed to really build much muscle. Posted some “physique” pics as well. Any advice would be appreciated.
TL;DR: I’m anxious as hell about TRT, depressed, and am not sure if 25 (almost 26) is too young to begin TRT. Also, my doctor doesn’t seem well-versed which is making me a bit hesitant.
Posted current “physique” and the labs my doctor ordered.