Hello and thanks in advance. Looking for advice.
50yrs 6’1 185 lbs always in shape- recently putting weight on
Was diagnosed with Lyme back in 2012. Stiffness, brain fog, lethargic, libido issues and occasional vertigo. Lot of neuro symptoms.
Antibiotics, herbal, diet and cleanses, helped me feel stronger by 2014. But libido was still big issue and still very stiff, joint pain, stiff neck, forgetfulness… Brian was working better though.
Could not get over the hump and was convinced all problems were coming from lyme.
Docs gave up and gave me high dose of Anti-Inflammatory. Diagnosed with bad hip that needs replaced in late 2016.
Research led me to ask for blood on testosterone.
2018 tested T = 287. Free T = 50.5
2019 tested 237 total and 28.4 free after a year trying to increase naturally.
Current- Endo doc has me on T gel 1% 2.5
6 weeks in total T 355, free 50.4
only thing I noticed was more morning wood.
Doc increases to double 2x 2.5 @1%
Few days in and I feel like crap. Achy all over and very pronounced in joints all. Neck very stiff, lethargic, body temp a little off and very weak libido. Also can feel old injuries being resurrected.
Spoke with doc a few days in after increase and he said all looked fine and keep with it.
Doc is old school and seems reluctant to go higher and warns of harmful possibilities so I understand I’ll need to find a long term solution to reach my optimum levels (what ever they might be)
Since I am still testing positive for lyme I feel he thinks their is some connection.
My theory- I think its obvious by the low # I need to be on T. But I should still be pretty low (test) so confused why I feel so crappy.
Please let me know of any ideas or advice. Thanks