I’ve been thinking of going the HRT route after many failed attempts of trying to increase my energy, recovery ability, self-esteem, back pain, and depression through nutrition, supplementation, prescribed pharmaceuticals, and exercise, over the last 10 years.
My recovery ability is in the shitter as opposed to when I was a teenager. I no longer get much of a “pump” when training. I can only seem to tolerate working out twice a week for about an hour at a time now. It usually consists of 10 min. interval cardio, 40 min. weights, and 15 min. stretching. I have to keep my intensity of my workouts quite low as if I try to go too close to failure it tends to fry my CNS for quite awhile afterwards. Playing competitive volleyball for two hours seems to wipe me out much more that anyone else on my team. I’m usually exhausted for a couple days afterwards. I play volleyball once a week.
My diet is pretty clean consisting of a zoneish macronutrient breakdown; 300 grams protein, 300 grams carbs, and around 200 grams of fat. Yes, it’s a lot of fat. It seems to help me feel better though. I tend to not tolerate low fat diets very well at all. Same with very low carbs. I also don’t have much stress in my life.
I tend to “look like I’m in shape”. I’m 6’3 225lbs, at around 8% bf, 29 y/o. Bench: 325lbs, Squat(3/4): 385lbs, Deadlift: 415lbs.
The only relief I have gotten is from taking drugs/supplements that boost test and dopamine; Selegiline, Vitex, Redcat, and TRIBEX. Sadly though I tend to get a nice boost the first week with diminishing results afterwards with maximum suggested dosages.
Is it possible to have low testosterone, while having low bodyfat and problems with acne or are they mutually exclusive for the most part?
When my acne is the worst, my workouts, mood, and energy seem to be best interestingly enough. March/april and sept/oct also seem to be better months for me in that regard. Some kind of seasonal cycle, possibly hormonal.
I’m thinking of booking an appt with my doctor to get some lab results done or get a referral to an endo. I’m wondering though if they will dismiss getting bloodwork done if I appear to be in shape and have mild acne. I’m clearly suffering here.