Long story short.(summary)…I have been on TRT for 6 months now. I had many symptoms and went to a men’s clinic and both my TT and FT came back low. I took this information to my PCP and he started me on a 200mg weekly dose of Testosterone Cypionate. I decided to follow some of the information i read on this forum and split that weekly dose into 3 smaller doses (MWF Protocol) to avoid all the issues associated with a large single weekly dose. After 8 weeks I had my labs drawn on trough day (Monday Morning) and my levels came back way to high TT 1600 (240 - 950) and FT 100 (9 - 30) .
During this time all of my symptoms went away, i had no side affects whatsoever and i felt great. Regardless of any of that my doctor decided to cut the dose in half to 100mg weekly. I followed the same MWF 3 dose protocol, and after 8 weeks had my labs drawn again on a Monday morning. My labs came back with TT 1100 (240 - 950) and FT 44 (9 - 30). During that time i felt very similar to when i was on 200mg, not much changed, still all of my symptoms were gone and i felt great.
Again, regardless of any of this my doctor thinks my levels are to high and referred me to a specialist (Endocrinologist). That visit was a nightmare, the specialist thinks i would be better off stopping my TRT treatment and trying to get my natural levels back and some more nonsense. I completely disagreed and told him i would not be following up with his office. I reached out to my PCP and told him that if his intention is to take away my treatment because of the specialists notes, i will not have any other option but to go back to the men’s clinic for treatment. He asked me to schedule an appointment with him and put in another order for labs.
My experience so far with 2 primary care doctors and an endocrinologists is that they don’t listen and they don’t care about how you are feeling. What the labs show is most important to them. As many of you know, when it comes to TRT, the labs are not everything. Some of us feel good at TT 600 and others 1500. Some of us can get away with taking 100mg weekly and others need 250mg to achieve the same results and get rid of symptoms. At 100mg split into 3 doses, i feel normal, i have no symptoms and i want to stay here. I don’t want to have to go to the men’s clinic for treatment.
Questions: What day should i get my labs drawn to fall within this 240 - 950 range. I thought i was doing the right thing by getting it drawn on on Monday mornings (trough day) before my injection. Friday morning is my last shot of the week, so by Monday morning that is 72 hours. I’m not sure if i should wait until Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, or a full week on Friday without an injection and draw labs. I just have a feeling that if he sees that I’m in range, he is less likely to lower my dose or discontinue my treatment.
RESULTS: My last injection was Friday, i decided to skip my Monday injection and test on Wednesday morning (5 days and 120 hours after last shot).
TT: 987 (240 - 950)
FT: 35 (9.0 - 30)