Hey guys, I am sure you are sick of seeing threads like this but I could appreciate your help. I have been doing a lot of research on this topic but I think it is about time to get some advice with my specific situation in hand. First comes first, here is some basics about me.
19 year old male
5'7 150 pounds
test levels= 495
free test= 86.8
LH= 2.8 (for some reason my test didn't cover FSH)
hematocrit= 50.2 %
vitamin d= 28 L
I recently went to my doctor to get these tests done. It was just a normal appointment, another trip to the doctors with little hope they could figure out what was wrong with me, but then I thought about testosterone, and had them check.
My doctor said word for word "that is pretty low for your age, I do not really want to give you shots though because I am worried about infertility problems". At the time I had little to no education on TRT therapy so I kind of just nodded my head and agreed with her.
Anyways right now she "prescribed" me 5000 iu/d to help with my vitamin D deficency. A DHEA supplement, and a natural testosterone booster that is just a blend of herbs.
BTW my doctor is an MD, but specializes in hollistic medicine. I was a little suprised she brought up shots right away, but that might be a good sign.
A little more on my medical background. When I was 14 I contracted lyme disease and brain mengitis. Caught it early and I believe the antibiotics took care of that, but I have read that viral infections can damage the pituitary glands, therefore causing issues with testosterone.
I have also been a mild to medium recreational drug user since I was 16. Pretty much a lot of experimenting, but no addictions or abuse. For a year and a half I was completely clean from any drugs (excluding caffeine) from age 18, up until a month ago.
During this time being clean, these symptoms were still prevelant, and I always thought they were just damage I caused from drug use, but thinking about it, shares similar symptoms to low T.
Symptoms (from worst to mild):
Brain fog (absolutly horrible, its like I am in a dream)
Recently have been much more fatigued than usual, I sleep 10-11 hours a day and still have a hard time waking up, and I am exhausted halfway throughout the day.
Strength loss/hard time gaining muscle (This has been much more prevelant the last few months. I have lost considerable strength, especially in my compound lifts)
Lack of motivation. (I used to love and enjoy the gym, now its a chore and depresses me when I do bad)
Depression (can vary from mild to medium, but never truely suicidal)
Brain fog (I had to add this again because this symptom is ruining my life)
decreased concentration (cant focus on anything for more than a few minutes. I do believe I could have ADD though)
mild mood swings
reduced sex drive (today was the first day I said "Im not in the mood" to my girlfriend)
erections are slightly harder to get and I rarely have morning wood anymore
These are most of the main symptoms and the ones I can remember right now. Anyways I decided to post this today because I had a very low and depressing day. This whole situation is incredibly frustrating to me and I feel trapped and like I have no way out. Any advice would be wonderful.
I believe the reasonable thing to do would be to attack my low T naturally at first andcease my drug use (mild albiet not good for me), which I am doing. I am tweaking up my diet and eating healthier and keeping count of my macros. I am taking fish oil, adrenal essence, multivitamin, DHEA, this natural test booster, and vitamin D as well. I would love to take the easy way out and just take a shot of testosterone once a week, believe me. But i figure I have to do my body its due diligence and try to do this the natural way first.
Thank you, I apologize if this post is a little long, and if anyone needs anymore information I will be happy to oblige