Typing from phone, will update this weekend with additional information.
I’m a 34 year old male, 5’11, 195lbs. I lift from 2-3 times a week and do BJJ 3-4 times a week. I have been feeling depressed and unmotivated for some time now. I had a consult for TRT, but want to do more research before taking the plunge.
Cold hands, feet
No morning wood
Less strong erections
Really dry cracking skin on hands
Thinning hair in certain areas (widow’s peak)
Really bad recovery, struggling through workouts
Seem to be carrying more weight in stomach, love handles
I am contemplating conceiving a child within the next year. My life has been extremely stressful for the past two years. I also had T checked in 2017 (508 total, 11.1 Free, TSH 1.290) but he did not do a thyroid panel. I have a script for T3 based on the March bloodwork, but haven’t started taking it yet (worried about SHBG/catabolic state). Diet has been higher fat and protein, very low carbs. I do not use much salt and have not consistently taken a multivitamin. Morning temperatures below 97, around 96.1 to 96.4. I need to check afternoon. I track sleep with Oura ring, and hardly ever get deep sleep (1-15 minutes max most nights). REM is often under 1hr. March labs were after a week of vacation, so possibly inflated. I have taken time off from the gym, but still do not seem to recover (Feeling and HRV).
If I go on TRT, would be HCG and Testosterone shots twice a week. As of last week I am taking:
DHEA 25 mg by mouth every night
Vitamin D3 5000 iu daily
Fish oil 3-4 g by mouth every day for HDL support
Do you think my body has potential and this is just stress/diet? Is there any hope for reducing SHBG, or should I just start TRT? Additional things I should check? Should I add iodine?
I appreciate any input offered and advice. I haven’t felt like myself in a long time.