I was told to stop TRT and get my levels tested about a month ago. I was a little shocked as it seem’s my natural testosterone reading has went up somewhat. Here are the results:
Free Andro. Index: 104.5 (36 - 156)
FSH : 2.2 U/L
LH : 3.9 U/L
Prolactin: 169 mU/L (0 - 400)
SHBG: 20 nmol/l (6 - 45)
Testosterone: 20.9 nmol/l (10 - 36.0)
I went back on TRT for 5 day’s before the operation (50mg of androgel daily) just to give me some extra strength. I have been off ever since and feeling pretty bad but not terrible. Androgel dosen’t seem to shutdown my HPTA.
Symptoms off TRT are :
Joint Pain/Clicking (all small bones for the most part - fingers, toes, elbows, etc), hot flushes, iritibility, brain fog, anxiety, minor ED (requires stimulation/not “fully” hard), smaller flaccid penis size, testicle ache, minor back pain, headaches, tiredness, minor weight gain (maybe not a bad thing for me), mood swings/depression and ear pain/ache.
I have no clue how my levels could have went from 14 right up to almost 21 in the space of two months, but i guess the more controlled diet and cutting out foods that would raise estrogen is one of the things. I didn’t get estrogen checked but even on TRT it was at the lowest end of the scale (almost below the actual “normal” for a guy).
I have since had the surgery (embolization) to fix the varicocele and hoping i will see some improvement (and not decline) in testosterone levels. It could take a month or two until i see any results.
I am trying to excercise and keep fit as much as possible. I am going to start cycling everyday now for an hour just to try and build muscle and keep my body in better shape.
Any advice would be great. I think my normal level was around 25/30 nmol/l. Taking Adrogel only brings me up to 25 nmol/l, i suspect the rest of it is being converted to E2/DHT and thus causing the various problems (feeling bloated, flushing, rash, shrunk up penis, etc).
I want to go back on androgel but don’t want to undermine any possible testicular improvements since the op.
My standard GP/Doctor here in the UK is not willing to treat me. Because my labs are failing into the “normal” range and he dosen’t feel i am suffering from hypogonadism.
I am going to pick up some ZMA and Tribulus Terrestris to see if improves anything.
Any advice would be great!