A little back story…I am 29, 6’0, 280lb, approx. 20% BF (I know this does not help me any).
I would probably be considered hairier than average? Full head of hair. I can grow a full beard, but it grows very slowly. My BF has always been concentrated mostly in the abdomen and thigh area. I have been chubby my entire life, body comp is improving though.
I have moderate sleep apnea and of course the current hormone issues.
For at least the last decade it has been a struggle with low energy, mood swings, libido swings, mental fog, no drive, and just an overall feeling like shit. Which I always just attributed to working night shifts on and off over the years.
No RX or OTC other than for the occasional injury or cold. Never any hair loss or prostate drugs.
Diet is pretty consistent, clean carbs and animal protein, few vegetables, couple beers or glass of bourbon most nights. Eat out occasionally. Always used iodized salt, Generously.
Don’t work out much. I am a mechanic and have a 2yr. old so I usually stay pretty active.
I have little faith in doctors, so I pulled my first labs myself on 11/10/17, and found my Test was 192. After a couple weeks of researching and seriously debating if I wanted to commit to a life of TRT I decided to see a GP. The GP I ended up going to knows absolutely nothing about TRT, BUT, is completely open to all my suggestions and whatever protocol I want to do. He started me out at 200mg Test Cyp a week, which I split E3.5D.
Since I have started TRT I have seen only moderate improvements in wellbeing other than mental clarity which improved a lot. I have pulled different labs/made changes to my protocol, nothing seems to be working.
My last set of labs I pulled SHBG and found it was low. After researching Low SHBG + TRT I am getting a little discouraged. Starting to feel like I’m chasing my tail.
I am thinking switching to Test Prop and pinning EOD or maybe ED? Should I raise/lower the mg a week?
12/8/17 Started TRT 200mg/wk, Split M/F
2/23/18 Started .5mg Arimidex with each pin
3/15/18 I dropped the Arimidex so I didn’t crash my E2, also dropped Test to 150mg/wk, M/W/F and started pinning SubQ