Thanks for your reply. I appreciate your opinion and with all due respect, I've done a lot of research into this over the years. I've actually done TRT before (with mixed results). I consider it an informed decision.
My symptoms are gradually increasing and are typical of andropause: weight gain especially in abdomen, moodiness, loss of libido, drop in motivation, high cholesterol, gradually increasing blood pressure despite a reduction in stress. I used to be able to drop weight very quickly. Now it's virtually impossible to lose weight regardless of strict diet and regular exercise. Equipment works but the desire isn't there like it used to be. I'm not depressed and in fact, I'm a very happy and content person.
Two docs have independently diagnosed me with hypogonadism.
Previous treatment resulted in muscle gain, loss of fat, and relief of most symptoms. My first TRT regimen was HCG and armour. Had a short lived increase in libido. I stopped taking the Armour after awhile and it didn't make a lick of difference. However, my T/E ratio dropped during treatment to 14-1. Libido actually got worse. Doc didn't think that mattered so I quit treatment and it improved (although I lost all of the other health benefits). I didn't know about AIs at the time (this was 2005). Shame because that might've fixed me right up.
A few years later I took nolvadex and saw good improvements and weight loss. However, Nolva isn't a good long term solution and I wanted to do it the right way so I discontinued.
As I stated above, they didn't run all of the labs they should've (especially E2 - I will insist on that next time). Here are some other figures though:
Serum cholesterol: 100 (97-108)
Total cholesterol - 241 (100-199) HIGH
Triglycerides 240 (0-149) HIGH <-- this has responded excellently to exercise and TRT in the past
VLDL cholesterol 48 (5-40) HIGH
LDL Cholesterol 146 (0-99) HIGH
CBC with differential/platelet labs are all well within range.
LH is low. Total test is decent but free test is hugging the bottom of the range.
I also showed some mild inflammation of the liver from drinking but nothing serious. Kidneys good. Doc says thyroid is fine (he's a TRT doc). Previously had extensive cardiac testing done through Spectrum Analytics. Decent genetics but I am predisposed to CVD... my body responds very poorly to excess weight and right now I'm 30 lbs over.
It has to be fixed. My BP was super high (167/110) so the doc also put me on BP medication. It's been two days now and my BP has dropped to 118/67. I already feel a big difference, my mood is so much better and I don't feel pressure in my head and chest when I'm working out. Hopefully this will correct itself when the weight comes off.
From your post, I gather that TRT did not work for you and you are unhappy about it. Everyone is different so the fact that I'm not sure that it means anything that your numbers were lower than mine... what does matter is that my free test is so low.