Hi everyone, first time user here. I've read all of the stickies in the T replacement category.
I am currently on 250mg of Testosterone Enanthate per week split into two injections of 125mg on Monday and Thursday. I self-administer IM in my quads. I realize this is not a TRT dose yet am not looking to go higher.
It's been 10 weeks on this protocol now and I have noticed no change in symptoms. Prior to the Testosterone injections I had low testosterone and was diagnosed with hypogonadism due to dieting and weight loss. I am 21 and do not wish to discuss my reasoning for using Testosterone at this age. I have my reasons and they're very good ones and I don't need or require judgement from anyone. To cut a long story short, I grew sick and tired of dealing with ED and low libido for 2+ years straight.
So what's happened since I started on the injections is that I've actually experienced significantly weaker erections. I have no libido, energy is poor, concentration is terrible, and I'm very moody and distressed. It's been 10 weeks and I have noticed NOTHING. No change. It's actually worse now as I can barely get erections. When I wake up in the morning, no matter if I get 9 or 10 hours of sleep, I have heavy, dark bags under my eyes and they feel very groggy.
I believe the issue is due to Estradiol. It was at 327 pmol/ L (89pg/ml) at week 6 and I have since lowered it using Arimidex to 122 pmol/ L (33pg/ml). However, since doing so, I have noticed no change. My libido is terrible, energy is terrible, and I feel awful in general. I am currently on 4.5mg of Arimidex per week to get my E2 in the low 20's or slightly lower. I realize this is a very high dose. I definitely convert a lot.
Lately my appetite has been in the gutter.
Here are some details of mine:
- 34'' waist
- About 13-14% bodyfat as a rough estimate
- No serious health conditions or diseases that I'm aware of
- On no drugs other than Test E and Arimidex. I used Roaccutane at age 16 for 7 months which screwed me up, was never the same since but gradually got much better.
- I lift weights 4-5 days per week and do cardio on my off days.
- Currently experiencing weak to no morning wood, rare and weak nocturnal erections.
- I eat a balanced diet of atleast 3000 cals a day. Though lots of potatoes, tuna, fruit, greek yoghurt, vegetables and beef.
Here is my blood test from Monday 1/05/2017 for Testosterone, Thyroid and Oestradiol:
Testosterone 58.1nmol/L (6.0- 28.0)
Free Testosterone 2364 pmol/L (200-600)
SHBG 26 nmol/ L (15-50)
Oestradiol E2 122 pmol/ L (<150) = 33 pg/ml
TSH 6.23 mIU/ L (0.5 - 5.00)
Free T4 14.1 pmol/ L (9.0 - 25.0)
Free T3 6 pmol/ L (3.5 - 6.5)
My morning temperature averages using an oral thermometer have been 97.0 - 97.2 degrees.
I'm very dumbfounded why I still feel awful on Testosterone and have noticed no change. Do I need to reduce E2 further? I also am aware my TSH is ridiculously high and I have subclinical hypothyroidism. Could that be a reason? If so how do I treat my high TSH. Free T3 and Free T4 numbers are good.
I'm very worried and concerned. I just want to feel better. I have done everything right so far and it's not working in the slightest. I plan on doing this for life but despite high T levels and lowering my E2 I am not feeling the Testosterone at all.
Thanks for the help anyone has to offer.