After flip flopping on the decision to begin TRT for a few months, last week I decided to take the plunge. That being said, I am beginning to have second thoughts and am very confused as to how to move forward. Being a long time lurker on this forum, I have seen a few people do exactly this, and I was quick to judge them for not being 100% committed before starting, but here I am…
Little background- just turned 32 this month.
I am 5’10 157 lbs. I have been working out fairly consistently for the past 5 years, going 3-5 days per week. My diet has been great, have been consuming apr 2500-3000 calories a day with plenty of protein.
I have had a very tough time getting over 160 lbs, despite consistently working out and eating a lot. I will add that I was on Wellbutrin xl 150 for 4 years, but successfully got off them a month ago. Maybe that contributed to the difficult in gaining weight, I’m not sure.
Overall Id say I’m relatively asymptotic with low t symptoms, however I may have just become used to feeling this way. Haven’t had morning erections in years, however libido is ok and no issues with maintaining an erection. My energy levels are ok too, however I’ve been lacking energy in the gym.
My recent labs are as follows:
TSH 1.91 Range: 0.32-5.04 mU/L
Follicle Stimulating Hormone (FSH) 2.6 Range: <9.5 IU/L
Luteinizing Hormone (LH) 2.0 Range: 1.1-8.8 IU/L
Prolactin 8.0 Range: 3.8-20.6 ug/L
Reproductive and Gonada
Estradiol 107 Range <157 pmol/L
Testosterone 12.4 Range 8.4-28.8 nmol/L
Bioavailable Testosterone was cancelled
because MSP criteria for SHBG testing were
I was prescribed 100mg/ week.
I did my first shot (50mg) last Wednesday and another 50mg on Saturday. Here’s where my concerns come in- Wednesday I felt ok, Thursday I had a major spike in anxiety and my emotions were pretty out of whack. Same thing happened Sunday, I felt like crying all day which is very bizarre.
I know things can take time to settle, but this reaction straight out of the gate scares me.
I know the ultimate decision comes down to me, but I am so on the fence at this stage. My symptoms were not terrible to begin with, and the last thing I want to do is make my life more difficult mentally, after finally coming off an anti depressant.
My labs did not test for SHBG, however my estradiol is relatively high, would this indicate a high SHBG? Is my free t probably low? And would this possibly explain my reaction to the first 2 shots? Also, if I were to back out at this stage, would I be shut down in any way?
I know these questions are a little annoying, but any input would be greatly appreciated as I am currently at a loss as to how to move on.
Thanks very much.