I didn't know where to place this topic. I come to you guys because no one knows more about hormones and endocrinology than bodybuilders. And of every bodybuilding mag and organization out there I trust T-Mag and its readers the most.
Here's my dilemma:
I'm 34 now and around the age of 29 I stopped weightlifting. I got into a really bad funk, and other than skate and jog I didn't lift a thing. Around that same age of 29 I noticed I was getting fatigued faster and was more unmotivated than usual. (I've sufferred from depression since I was a kid).
Last year (at 33) I got so fatigued that I couldn't get out of bed. I went to the docs and had my blood tested. My t-levels were like 300 ng/l. The doc said it was kinda low for a 33 year old but still normal. He said he would test them again in a few weeks.
I jumped the gun and was looking for ways to raise my t levels. I thought maybe the fatigue was coming from there. I went to the nutrition store and the guy suggested dhea with a chrysin formula that had tribulus. I took it not expecting much, but to my suprise the fatigue lifted.
The next blood test was taken at a different time, and showed that my t levels were still low. So I was prescribed testosterone gel. It took the fatigue away. When I ran out of gel I decided to get dhea and straight tribulus. I felt fine for months until the tribulus and dhea ran out. The fatigue hit me hard again. I would get out of breath quickly just walking up stairs. Then I would be even more depressed than usual.
I started up the t-gel again and felt better. But one day I noticed the fatigue coming back even with the gel. I hadn't taken dhea for a while. Maybe I didn't have enough dhea? I bought some and the fatigue lifted. Odd? Was I naturally low on dhea as well?
Well, I ran out of t gel a week ago, but I've been taken dhea every day. The fatigue is coming back though. I found a pack of t gel that was in the medicine cabinet. I used it and felt better. What the heck is going on? Prior to getting my blood tests my cholesterol and blood pressure were high. I was fairly strong for my physical condition when I was 28-29 squatting like 375. Now 145 felt like a bear on my back. (Don't laugh at the numbers...I blew four lumbar discs when I was 19!)
I started looking up ways to naturally raise t levels. I started lifting again. Without my t gel or dhea I don't feel like doing jack, my depression is worse, and I feel fatigued as if going through opiate withdrawal. I also noticed that my body feels as if it's flowing with adrenaline one moment, and I'm exhausted the next like I'm coming down from a rush. For instance, if I walk even slowly up the stairs I get winded and my jugular pulses so fast you can see my neck throb!Then as my heart rate slows down and my breathing gets normal I feel wasted.
Does anyone have any advice? Should I cycle dhea? Should I just stick to weightlifting, eating right, and taking tribulus and dhea instead of t gel? I know you guys aren't doctors, but any advice would help. I also noticed that just taking dhea and no t gel or tribulus causes my nipples to hurt. When I was 15 this happened to me and the doc said it was the result of puberty. That my body was making more estrogen. But after puberty this went away. No more sore nips! Could the dhea be causing increased estrogen? My doc is just an internal med doc. He's not as clued in as you guys. Opinions??