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27yo Starting TRT Pellets, Any Advice?


#1

I am 27 years old, I was just tested for my T levels on 3/18/2016 and saw my labs. My Testosterone was at a very low 41 and estrogen at a high of 70. My doctor introduce me to TRT pellets that will be inserted in my glutes just below the belt line. This is supposed to last for 5 to 6 months. The pass year and a half I’ve noticed a big change like.

Symptoms -

-Brain fog
-Social withdrawal
-Rarely have morning wood
-no big interested in having sex at all.
-just started feeling cold all the time
-Why do really stressful situations leave me feeling physically beat up. Adrenal fatigue. <- Also this.
-Dry skin, brittle hair and nails
-I am depressed most of the time, I just don’t care about anything, no joy, no motivation, no reward
-Muscle weakness.
-Normal physical activity (taking out trash, cleaning house, working on car) leaves me exhausted
-Sleep doesn’t help. 6 hours, 10 hours, 3 hours, it’s all the same. I feel tired from the moment I wake up til i go to bed.
-Non-existent libido. Can still get erections but don’t last long, and not in the mood. Just kind of going through the motions with sex.

  • short tempered. ( I get annoyed very easily)

I’m looking for advice just don’t know what to expect, I don’t really have a big support group! This has really effected my relationship.

Thankso for the help.


#2

I am new here aswell also 26 years old and discoverd i had low t a few weaks ago after having symtpoms for over a year. but from what i have read My advice is NOT to start Trt yet… You need to try and figure out why your testosterone is so low in the first place at that age, once your start trt you will be dependent on it for life not to mention you will likely decrease your fertillity level to the point of not being able to have kids and whatever caused the low testoserone in the first place will still be going on in your body.

Have you even done blood work to determin if its primiary or secondary hypogonadism? I am in the process of this myself and plan to atleast find that out before even considering starting trt.


#3

Do not start TRT now.

Do not do pellets.

You are young and need to find the cause of your low T and not simply mask the symptoms.

Many of your symptoms also sound like low thyroid function.

You also need to find a doctor who will Rx hCG injections to preserver your testes and fertility.
As long as you are self injecting hCG, there is really no rational reason to not self inject T.

Before TRT do these labs:
TT
FT
E2
LH/FSH
prolactin !!!
CBC
hematocrit
TSH
fT3
fT4
rT3

In this post:About the T Replacement Category
Follow these links:

  • advice for new guys
  • things that damage your hormones
  • protocol for injections
  • finding a TRT doc
  • thyroid basics explained – please check oral body temperatures as suggested.

Have you always used iodized salt and/or multi-vits that list iodine+selenium?

From what you have written, sounds like you need a new doctor. Most are very useless with these things.

Labs need to be posted in list format with lab ranges.
Need the labs, do not skip because they are normal or doc thinks OK.


#4

Yes I have done all my Labs. My primary doctor was the one that sent me to a specialist. I had high blood pressure and cholesterol problems. He didnt start me on TRT right away like you all have been suggesting. Ihe made me loose weight and get my high blood pressure under control. I’ve been tested for thyroid, prostate, and so one. Everything came back good just my T and estrogen is still messed up.


#5

Due to your age, KSMAN is correct. There is an abnormality at play here. Doctors are not known for “bothering” to do much to research into “underlying causes” of conditions. They are trained to treat symptoms, and all that does is mask the true cause. I think KSman is basically saying here its extremely irresponsible, especially for a specialist, to just throw you onto testosterone supplementation without doing more research. Has he done an MRI on your pituitary yet? There are probably quite a few more things that he could check.

Did you actually run that full list of tests he put above? If I know one thing about doctors, I know they don’t run all the necessary bloodwork 90% of the time. I bet he ran a handful from that list, but did not run them all. Right?


#6

Get your labs from the doctor’s office and post them.