Ok I’ll try to keep it short but provide enough details.
This is my 2nd try with TRT. Stopped first time because of high HCT side effects. I kept making blood donations to manage, but it caused really low Ferritin and was feeling with really low energy. During the first go around I injected once a week and then went to 2X and then 3X a week. No success managing the red blood cells reaction plus I was trying to balance HCG and AI.
I decided to do a reset and see if between Clomid and HCG I could get my natural T to near 500 ng/dL. That did not work. My natural T has been as low as 150 ng/dL.
So after research decided to give another try without HCG and AI’s and do daily injections. Currently doing about 5-6 units or 10 to 12MG daily. My current total T is 692 ng/dL and Free T is 135 pg/mL. Well my Hematocrit is at 53.7%, Hemo at 18.1g/dl and RBC at 5.98M/CMM. Dr told me to do another blood donation, but I checked my Ferritin (since I’ve already done two blood donations in the last 8 months) and it is low at 26ng/mL with a reference range of 38ng/mL - 380 ng/mL. My current side effects due high hematocrit is higher than normal blood pressure, headaches, and redness chest/face, etc. At the last donation the phlebotomist told me my blood was “thick”. I’m also feeling a bit rundown which I think is the low ferritin, so I don’t want to do another blood donation but I feel I have too if I don’t want to have a heart attack.
So daily injections did not work;… I can’t be a unicorn. What am I doing wrong? I can’t go lower on T because as it is (I do feel better in regards to workout recovery and mood) but at the same time is not like I’m reaping the full benefits of optimal T. I’am about 50 lbs overweight fyi…
So are my options get out of TRT and suffer through all the effects on low T or continue TRT and risk a heart attack with thick blood? Those cannot be my only options because neither is acceptable…so thoughts on what I can do?