I'm 33, and a few weeks ago I had some blood work done and found my TT was 280, and FT was 48. I had suspected this and asked for the blood work, since i had been working out for several months and not gaining anywhere near what I used to gain in the same time, as well as generally feeling bad.
I was prescribed 1cc of 200mg/ml test cyp a week. Thankfully I had read just a little on this site beforehand, and I thought this seemed like a pretty high dose. I decided to try about 5/8 of a cc, or 125mg. I'm glad I did, because I woke up a few hours later with what had to be pretty high blood pressure- a new feeling for me, since mine is normally low/normal.
The next day I felt great. I've seen guys saying it can take time to work, but that wasn't the case for me. I'd forgotten what morning wood was- hadn't noticed it was gone, until it came back. Just feel much better in general. I decided to try a little less, maybe 3/8 a cc, or about 75mg or so, every 3 or 4 days, which has worked fine as far as BP. After four or five injections, it is working like I'd hoped.
However after some more reading, I'm starting to wonder if I shouldn't try clomid first instead. The injections are not easy for me, not because they hurt, but I just get really anxious and stressed over doing something wrong. The last one bled a lot but stopped within a few seconds, but I was all worried I'd injected into a vein, etc. It's just not easy for me at all.
But I could get through that easily if it wasn't for other doubts. The idea of shutting down my own production when it is not for sure necessary bothers me much worse. I don't have any kids but I plan to at some point, and I really don't want to create some kind of crazy rollercoaster of doc visits and tests for myself in the future if I don't have to.
So is clomid a viable alternative? I feel like I must be missing something, because if it was that simple, why is TRT so much more popular? Because it works faster and more effectively and in more cases I suppose? What else should I consider possibly?
Thanks for any help. I'm glad I found this forum. I can provide a lot more info if anybody wants to read it. I don't have detailed blood work- the only other measure in that part of the panel was SBHG, at 40 nmol/L. Everything else the doc ordered tested was pretty much mid-range, except very slightly elevated ALT/SGPT at 56 U/L and alkaline phosphatase at 158 U/L.
As for why this happened in the first place, I have a good guess- I have had several back surgeries after an accident and have been on a pretty small dose of opiates for about 10 years. That's all I can figure right now. My test was always towards the top end of the scale before a rapid falloff in the last year- I had hot flashes, and like I said about nothing doing at the gym, unlike every other time I got into lifting before. My doc is GP, not a specialist. Thanks for any help.