I'm 29. After doing 2 natural bodybuilding shows in the past 12 months, I was not functioning sexually, dealing with depression, and losing a lot of hair. A urologist diagnosed me as having low testosterone and found my level to be 208 (sorry, don't have a range). I got shots twice over the past 2 months. The first shot made me feel like my old self again, especially in the bedroom and in the gym.
I noticed nothing after the 2nd shot. Last week, blood was drawn and my level had fallen to 127. The urologist decided to put testopel in my butt next week, since he thinks I'd need shots every week to keep T levels up. However, I'm worried that the procedure could be complicated and painful since I'm a heavy squatter and have plenty of muscle in the glutes.
I'm also dealing with issues possibly not related to low T levels. While I was dieting for contests, I found myself extremely weak and light-headed at times. Eating spinach, beans, or other foods high in iron was the only way to make myself feel better. That problem continues today.
My urologist has sent me back to my family doctor for additional blood testing.
I have read previous posts on blood testing at length. However, I simply don't understand many of the terms/abbreviations. Besides testosterone and iron levels, can someone on here suggest in laymen's terms what I should be tested for tomorrow?