I am 47. Had one testicle removed 20 years ago. Been taking 25mcg cytomel daily for a few years. 4 years ago, I decided to look at TRT. My TT was 260. So, tried the T-cream for 1.5 years, but it did nothing for me and it never changed my readings.
So, I switched to shots ever 3-4 weeks. Felt great for the first 1-2 weeks, then bad. Finally stopped the shots after 9 months because I gained too much weight, plus the last 6 months shots were not making me feel good. Did not know about E2 then.
Stopped everything for one year. But, I was having a lot of afternoon brain fog, so 6 weeks ago I started TRT shots again. The first week, I felt really, really good. But, the second and third weeks were horrible! I was having major hot flashes and zero energy.
That is when I learned about this site. So, I switched to self injecting 50mg, 2x/week in outer quad. I would feel good the first day, then bad. I would feel puffy and fatigued the next few days.
So, last Wednesday I insisted my doc test my blood. I asked for the blood panel per the first sticky on this website. However, I know that E2 must be high because I already have the man boobs going on. So knowing that the T-shots would do no good with high E2, I temporary stopped the shots until I got adex.
On Friday evening, I received adex. So I took another T-shot and my first adex dose. I felt much better Saturday, but not so good Sunday and this morning. The Saturday high was probably from the T.
For the last week, I have been having heart palpitations badly. It seems to be somewhat better when I take 5mg of cortisol, but it does not totally disappear. Plus, I still do not feel great. I am not taking hcG because my family doc will not do it.
However, I am considering DHEA and pregnenolone. I will admit that I do not understand the whole TRT/Adrenal/Thyroid connection. I am hoping someone can explain. Here are some of my questions:
Is taking DHEA and/or pregnenolone a substitute for taking hcG if you are not concerned about fathering or shrunken testicles? It seems to make sense because DHEA and pregnenolone can convert to other hormones that your body needs.
Is it correct to say that if you are not on hcG, then you should be on DHEA and pregnenolone?
If my adrenals are in need of cortisol, will taking pregnenolone solve the problem, since my body can convert it to cortisol?
Does TRT put more burden on the adrenals? If so, can you explain why? I feel like it must because I did not a problem until I started TRT.
Please excuse me if I have overlooked information. I have tried reading all I can on this website but I have not found answers to the questions above. KSman has been a big help so far â?? thanks, guy! But, I do not want to overburden him with questions. Any insight is appreciated!