I'm new here and I've been scouring these forms as well as the net to understand TRT. My situation is not new here as I have learned from several other posts. So lets start with the basics
-height: 5ft 7in
-weight: 155 - 162
-describe body and facial hair: Very athletic, visible abs and muscular build. Normal, thick. No signs of balding.
-describe where you carry fat and how changed: No change.
-health conditions, symptoms: Diagnosed Ulcerative Colitis at 22, spent some time in the hospital. I have been in remission for 3 years (thank you prednisone!.) I understand predinsone can have a detrimental effect on the adrenals thus throwing everything out of whack. I thought I was somewhat normal until recently after I started tapering my predisone dosage....extreme lack of libido etc.
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs: Lialda (Mesalamine) 2.4g/day and currently taper off 14mg of predisone. I have been on prednisone for nearly 3 years, I am taper 1mg every 4 wks. So far so good...at my highest dose (when first diagnosed with UC) 60mg/day for about 2 months.
-lab results with ranges: Had recent bloodwork done, testosterone level show 262. According to my GP this is "normal" Unable to provide further details as I had a very basic blood test done for my physical.
-describe diet: High protein/low to moderate carbs (low GI). Lots of fiberous green vegetables, avoid white carbs/sugars.
-describe training: Lifting 3x per week, Push/Pull/Olympic Complex
Cardio 4x per week: 2x HIIT. 2x Steady State
Skill: Boxing 3x per week, BJJ 5x per week, MMA 1 - 2wk.
Rest: Saturday is often just 1 light session (active rest, focus on technique), Sunday mandatory OFF day (often reward myself with some Ben N Jerrys).
-testes ache, ever, with a fever: No. Tests "seem" normal.
Fish Oil 4g/day
B Complex 1/day
Green Tea Extract 2x/day
Black coffee 1x/day
BCAA 2x/day (cardio, and skill/conditioning training)
There you have a basic layout of my training. For a while I suspected overtraining and thus took an extended rest period (approximately 1 week) and have since lowered the training volume. I have had several professional MMA fights, and actively compete in BJJ. I normally make the drop from 155 to 140 four or five times per year.
Could someone recommend a place to have lab testing done on the cheap? I am insured and have an endocrinologist but my insurance does not cover lab work. Go go cheap student healthcare.