We have had some here where transdermals did not work for them, and for those, injecting has been the solution.
Your post is odd in that you do not talk about how you feel and what changes there were, fat loss or not, muscle gain or not, libido changes etc. So its hard for a reader to have any idea if anything is working for you or not.[/quote]
Thank you for the response and your insights on those questions that I asked. All of that is good to know and helps me in making future decisions.
I realize that the recurring theme time and again on this forum is that injections are far superior to transdermals. I would like to go that route and am unsure if I will be able to convince the doctor to let me do it. He has always been easy to give me what I want in the office.
When he started me on HRT he gave me a shot and then the prescription for Testim. On follow-up visits he wouldn’t give me a shot. After four months I had to talk him into doing blood work to see if this Testim was working or not.
I’ll find out next week whether it is or not. Every time I see the doc I ask him about going to an endo and he tells me, “It’s not necessary”. My doctor is an internist and elderly. I figure it must be a pride issue or something. When I try talking to my doctor about this stuff he just stares at the floor, reaches for the door handle, opens the door and starts walking out while I am trying to talk to him which really ticks me off.
I guess I’ll just have to see what my numbers are in a couple of days and then see if I can get anything out of him.
Yes, I didn’t post anything about how I feel and what changes had occurred since being on the Testim 5g for 4 months because I didn’t want to bore the other readers with those details. However, I will address it since you asked and some of what I may say here might be of help to some others.
First, my weight has not changed in either direction. Before I began HRT I weighed 270 and that is what I weigh now. I haven’t put on any size and that may be because I wasn’t training for that specifically. I was competing in powerlifting and training for strength.
I did start experiencing some staggering strength gains after about six weeks on the Testim 5g. I was honest with the powerlifting federation that I was a part of (USAPL) about having to go on Testim. I have since been “given the boot” from competing and have stopped powerlifting and now just train so I will have to see if I now put on anymore size.
I don’t see how it’s possible because of the years I’ve been training and the size I am now. I figured I am “tapped out” naturally.
Second, my libido, morning and nocturnal wood hasn’t changed much since I have been on the Testim 5g. I occasionally will have morning and nocturnal wood, but I was having that before HRT when my T-level was 137 if you can believe it. My sex life is the same now as it was before HRT. I had no problems before HRT and am having no problems now.
Third, I haven’t noticed any shrinkage of my scrotum or pain in that area that I have read about others experiencing here on this forum. I’ve kept waiting for it to happen.
Fourth, I haven’t experienced the brain fog either. I had no problem before HRT and I don’t have it now. I am able to concentrate, read, write research papers, etc., the same as I did before. My memory capability hasn’t changed either.
Fifth, the only changes I am noticing now physically may be because of my thyroid surgery I had two weeks ago. I had a sub-total thyroidectomy. I had 90% of my thyroid taken out because it was a tumor the size of a billiards cue ball that was pushing in on my trachea and esophagus making it extremely difficult to eat and breathe.
The surgeon did some blood work just recently to let me know that I was “out of business” on that remaining 10% piece of thyroid he left in there and that I was going to need thyroid replacement medication. He wanted my regular doctor to give me the prescription so I am not taking anything currently.
He said it wasn’t a big deal because “it would take a month for the hormone that is left in your body to clear out”. This didn’t make sense to me because the blood work was showing very high TSH which meant hypothyroidism a week ago. I can only imagine what it is now. I have started experiencing some of the symptoms of hypothyroidism and am anxious to get on replacement for this next week when I see my regular doc.
With the background stated above I hope that fills in the blanks on why I was asking the questions I did. I thought the Testim wasn’t being absorbed because of some body hair on my shoulders and upper arms, the niacin may or may not be picking up and helping with absorption and E2 was going up and counter-acting against the Testim. I also thought that Alpha Male might be an alternative, but now I guess that is a waste of money for me.
Based on the evidence it appears that Testim 5g has been a waste of money too even though I did experience some great gains in physical strength for a month that I never had before.
I know it’s been a long post. KSman, I hope this fills in the gaps and maybe helps any other readers who may be experiencing the same things.