I am 5 weeks into TRT therapy through a “men’s health” place. I have been (per instructions) injecting 50mg of test cypionate once weekly. I feel slightly more energy and slightly increased libido thus far but have not experience the full results that I anticipated.
This was brought on by an increasing loss of energy, libido, and increased depression over the last 2+ years to the point that it was effecting my marriage and other parts of my life.
A couple things of note:
_I was diagnosed with low T (300’s) when I was 36 but the possible loss of fertility made that not an option at the time. _
I was diagnosed with slight gyno when I was a teen.
I am due back for another blood test at 6 weeks. I am concerned that maybe I should be a. On 100 mg a week b. Supplementing with HCG as well due to potential pituitary issues that may have caused the gyro/low T issues at a younger age.
The “men’s health” place, has one token Doc and other “salesmen”. I rushed into signing up for an expensive plan based on referrals from a couple buddies and my desperation, I feel like maybe they started me low so they can maintain better profit margins.
-age - 41
-height - 5’10
-waist - 40 in
-weight 250 lbs
-describe body and facial hair - hairy legs, small amount of belly/chest hair, full, thick beard, thick, full head of hair
-describe where you carry fat and how changed - stocky build, carry weight well throughout body, no changes yet
-health conditions, symptoms - high cholesterol (around 300 total), BP 140/80ish
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever - off and on again statin drugs (Crestor)
-describe diet [some create substantial damage with starvation diets] - recently engaged in Keto eating lifestyle, off and on poor diet over the years
-describe training- none to currently speak of, lots of lifting in my teens and 20’s
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? No
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed - definitely seeing an increase in morning wood
Initial LabCorp labs:
WBC - 8.8 (3.4-10.8)
RBC - 4.85 (4.14-5.80)
Hemoglobin - 13.9 (13.0-17.7)
Hematocrit - 41.6 (37.5-51.0)
MCV - 86 (79-97)
MCH - 28.7 (26.6-33.0)
MCHC - 33.4 (31.5-35.7)
RDW - 13.2 (12.3-15.4)
Platelets - 276 (150-379)
Glucose - 88 (65-99)
BUN - 14 (6-24)
Creatine - .77 (.76-1.27)
eGFR- 114 (>59)
Sodium - 143 (134-144)
Pottasium - 5.0 (3.5-5.2)
Chloride - 100 (96-106)
Carbon dioxide total - 19 (20-29)
Calcium - 9.6 (8.7-10.2)
Protein, total - 7.4 (6.0-8.5)
Albumin - 4.7 (3.5-5.5)
Globulin, total - 2.7 (1.5-4.5)
A/G ratio - 1.7 (1.2-2.2)
Alkaline phosphate - 272 (39-117)
AST - 69 (0-40)
ALT - 101 (0-44)
Testosterone, serum - 218 (264-916)
Free testosterone (direct) - 5.5 (6.8-21.5)
Estradiol - 25.8 (7.6-42.6)
Prostate specific AG. Serum - 0.8 (0.0-4.0)
Any advice, information or experience you can share would be great.
I would like to have more intelligent conversations with the doctors and/or know when it’s time to find anew one.