Just a data point for thought concerning normal to high normal testosterone ranges versus low normal to subnormal:
A good friend of mine who has been training almost as long as I have recently went on HRT. He’s always been around 170 [lb]at his heaviest (he’s around 5’9") and has always been a good lifter.
He went on HRT. 2 months later, his levels are within the 600 range. His weight has gone up (with no changes to his diet or training…so he tells me) to 180 [lb]. He doesn’t feel shitty all the time anymore; his thinking is clearer (well, to him…he’s still got alot of goofy thoughts). He’s looking pretty swole these days as well. Fuller, leaner, and happier.
My point: getting to normal or high normal is extremely important to realize an excellent quality of life. Too often we want to get to that supraphysical level…but I think making sure one is at normal to high normal is more important.
Good point and great story – that is really what I am shooting for – midrange to high normal. I think that my endo will help me get there. as I was tested by my GP about three years ago at “low normal.” I was experiencing all the symptoms of low test then! (but I thought it was work burn out). So clearly “low normal” isn’t “normal” for me, and my endo seems to get that.
Your friend’s experience gives me a lot of hope. Thanks for posting it.
Hi - I too am hopeful that I can see those good results. My symptoms were
like E-Loo, constant brain fog, loss of interest in things I once loved, exhausted all the time, bad anxiety over feeling like shit 24/7. Typical symptoms of depression. After being on 10g a day of Androgel for about 5 weeks
I have definite improvement but I am not back to my old self yet. My symptoms have just reduced, which is a very welcome change but my question : for those who have had success with Androgel, what was the time line? A little better each day or was it more
immediate than that? Just want to know
what to expect so I can evaluate whether
its the Androgel helping or just me slowly getting over it myself. One thing for sure is that the libido
has gotten considerably higher.
thanks to all - PV