I am 28 years old, and have been bodybuilding training consistently since the age of 18. In Summer 2011, I was diagnosed with Secondary Hypogonadism, which is still inexplicable to me because I have never taken any anabolic steroids or prohormones of any kind throughout my training career.
Weight: 159lbs (current) (Normally) 165-170lbs
Body/Facial Hair: Endo/Mesomorphic body type, was chubby as a kid, I still cannot grow a full mustache or beard, I shave about every 36-48 hours
Body Fat: Normally I carry a small amount of fat in the lower abdomen and low back - since my hormones have been out of balance, I have lost about 8 lbs of LBM and body fat has increased in low abs, low back, buttocks, and outer pectoral areas.
Diet: My diet has always been very good since the age of 18. Plenty of lean proteins, healthy fats, and wholesome sources of carbs. I have done several bulking and cutting cycles over the past 10 years or so, and I have never had massive caloric deficits or anything that my body cannot naturally bounce back from. I have always taken the “slow and steady” approach.
My training has never been more than four days per week. I am currently performing basic full body training 3 days per week. I have used several programs over the years: Lyle Mcdonald, EDT, Will Brink programs, and various basic bodybuilding splits. My cardio training is usually pretty consistent at three 20 minute sessions per week. No more than 5 sessions per week when cutting.
Testes ache? No, Fever= No
Morning Wood/Erections: I used to always have morning wood and regular erections for all of my adult life until my diagnosis in mid 2011. When I was on TRT, morning erections and sex drive in general came back within a few weeks. Currently, I never get erections period and sex drive is low. Also, I seem to have to urinate more frequently, especially during the night.
I went on TRT (Axiron) in Summer 2011 and remained on until I joined the Navy in March of 2012. Before leaving for boot camp, I had the doctor give me 10 pellets of Testopel, which lasted about four months, enough to get me through boot camp and then begin to see the Navy’s doctors.
I went from June 2012 to September 2012 without any form of TRT and felt absolutely terrible on a daily basis, with testosterone bottoming out around 114ng/dL. LH and FSH were less than 1. One endo that I was seeing before I transferred stations prescribed me Androgel for 6 weeks, but then I saw another endo at my new duty station who took me off of it! I finally began to see an endocrinologist in October, who prescribed me 25mg of Clomid daily for 12 weeks. This was done to try and restore normal function of the HTPA.
Fast forward to the present. I have just finished exactly 12 weeks of Clomid at 25mg daily. This particular doctor that I am seeing never tested anything other than total testosterone, as other tests were conducted in the months prior. I will post all lab results that I have:
Testosterone (total) June 2012 = 221ng/dL
July 2012 (early) 140ng/dL
July 2012 (late) 114ng/dL
OCt 2012 (after being on Androgel for 6 weeks)
Nov 15, 2012 233ng/dL
Jan 24, 2013 573ng/dL (after 10 weeks of Clomid
Free t4 Aug 2012 0.65 (.59-1.61 range)
Cortisol Aug 2012 13.9 (AM)
Prolactin Aug 2012 2
MRIs of the brain and pituitary were also performed - the results were normal with no sign of tumor
Iron/Ferritin labs were also performed to look for indication of hemochromatosis, the results were in the normal range.
Fast forward to the present-
I have just finished 12 weeks of clomid at 25mg daily with my latest testosterone lab reading 573ng/dL. MY MAIN PROBLEM IS THAT I CERTAINLY DO NOT LOOK OR FEEL LIKE WHAT THE TEST SAYS.
As of jan 24, 2013, The doctor states that my HPTA has restored and I will be fine, but I have yet to regain my sex drive, morning erections, lean body mass, and that unmistakable feeling of Ã¢??Alpha MaleÃ¢??. I feel that I look Ã¢??softÃ¢?? with noticeable increases in body fat in the low abs, low back, and pectoral area. My strength is not where it should be as well.
Also what I do not understand is how come when I was on TRT, my testosterone levels were right about what they are now, but I almost immediately began to regain my sex drive and lean body mass. Now after 12 weeks of clomid and my T at 573, I do not look like it or feel like it!!!
I asked the doctor about E2 levels, and he didnÃ¢??t feel the need to test them. I have taken it under my wing to pay for it myself and will post those results as soon as I have them!
Any help and advice would be very greatly appreciated from anyone with experience similar to mine and/or knowledge of my case. Thank you.