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42 y/o. Prescribed TRT, Here Are My Labs

Hey guys. Wondering if I should even be considering trt with these numbers. I am very active physically, work 60 hours a week and am healthy overall. I just feel old in all the ways described in this forum. I have over the course of 3 years been able to build near elite level strength in o-lifting but have seen a decline in progress the last 8-9 months. I have lost some of my strength across the board. That is what brought me here. I have been natural my entire life and eat clean with common supplementation. I was prescribed trt by a doctor that I spoke with all of 6 minutes over the phone after reviewing my labs. Regardless of the specifics of the cycle I am concerned that I would never be able to recover my current levels if I were to decide to stop even with some sort of pct. I understand that this doctors goal is to get people on a program and sell the meds. I am looking for real advice regarding the long term. I don’t think I am ready to commit to a lifetime of this. Sorry if any of this has already been covered in the stickies or whatever. I have tried to become educated over the last few months and read many entry’s here and elsewhere. I am just not that computer savvy so please forgive me if this is out of place or incorrectly approached. I mean well. Thank you for any in site you may provide.
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My biggest tell that my Testosterone was low, was the gym. I wasn’t making progress, and in fact I felt like I was going in reverse! I was working out hard, but seeing no results.

“Regardless of the specifics of the cycle I am concerned that I would never be able to recover my current levels if I were to decide to stop even with some sort of pct.”

Its a big commitment. You say you are concerned that you may never be able to get your levels back , but your levels are already dropping. You stated yourself, that you are in a decline. No use turning back if there is nothing to turn back to.

Age when best lifts made?
Bodyweight?
Best lifts?
Current lifts?

Were you fasting for these labs?

We do like to see lab ranges that you cut off.

fT3, fT4 and TSH look very nice.
Please see below re “oral body temperatures” and post. That will confirm if thyroid function is good.

Blood is a bit thin as expected with low FT.
Otherwise the rest looks good.

Diet?
Supplements?
Med?
Digestive issues?


Please read the stickies found here: About the T Replacement Category

  • advice for new guys - need more info about you
  • things that damage your hormones
  • protocol for injections
  • finding a TRT doc

Evaluate your overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures as per the thyroid basics sticky. Thyroid hormone fT3 is what gets the job done and it regulates mitochondrial activity, the source of ATP which is the universal currency of cellular energy. This is part of the body’s temperature control loop. This can get messed up if you are iodine deficient. In many countries, you need to be using iodized salt. Other countries add iodine to dairy or bread.

KSman is simply a regular member on this site. Nothing more other than highly active.

I can be a bit abrupt in my replies and recommendations. I have a lot of ground to cover as this forum has become much more active in the last two years. I can’t follow threads that go deep over time. You need to respond to all of my points and requests as soon as possible before you fall off of my radar. The worse problems are guys who ignore issues re thyroid, body temperatures, history of iodized salt. Please do not piss people off saying that lab results are normal, we need lab number and ranges.

The value that you get out of this process and forum depends on your effort and performance. The bulk of your learning is reading/studying the suggested stickies.

If labs were done for LH/FSH we would know more.