Did you swab vigorously with alcohol pad and from different directions to clean all sides of leg hairs?
What needle size, how deep and what angle?
Did you feel significant pain? Localized or diffuse? Vein pain is diffuse and not associated with injection location.
Did you select injection site and mark by pressing with a syringe cap or similar so you can see where to swab and where to inject?
You do not need to inject IM, subq provides smoother T levels and avoids decades of muscle-needle damage. Use a #29 1/2" 0.5ml insulin syringe, ~$14 per 100 at Walmart - Relion house brand. Inject 50mg twice a week. Pinch up a small mound of skin and inject into send of mound needle parallel to muscles. After you pull needle out, press on puncture point firmly for 10 seconds to allow vessels to seal off and prevent bleeds and bleed bruises.
Do labs halfway between injections, always and do 7-10 days prior to seeing doctor so you can both review and discuss.
Please read the stickies found here: About the T Replacement Category
- advice for new guys - need more info about you
- things that damage your hormones
- protocol for injections
- finding a TRT doc
Evaluate your overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures as per the thyroid basics sticky. Thyroid hormone fT3 is what gets the job done and it regulates mitochondrial activity, the source of ATP which is the universal currency of cellular energy. This is part of the body’s temperature control loop. This can get messed up if you are iodine deficient. In many countries, you need to be using iodized salt. Other countries add iodine to dairy or bread.
KSman is simply a regular member on this site. Nothing more other than highly active.
I can be a bit abrupt in my replies and recommendations. I have a lot of ground to cover as this forum has become much more active in the last two years. I can’t follow threads that go deep over time. You need to respond to all of my points and requests as soon as possible before you fall off of my radar. The worse problems are guys who ignore issues re thyroid, body temperatures, history of iodized salt. Please do not piss people off saying that lab results are normal, we need lab number and ranges.
The value that you get out of this process and forum depends on your effort and performance. The bulk of your learning is reading/studying the suggested stickies.