I was feeling like crap for years. I was put on SSRI's (antidepressant) for years, but still felt off. Two-three years ago I talked to my GP who did some tests. My Test level was 148 or so. He put me on weekly injections. They were marginally helpful in upping the blood levels (up to 230 or so if I remember right).
I then decided to try a urologist. After going through his hoops I was put on 5g of Androgel daily. After a month, I got blood tests again and my levels actually went down. I didn't apply the gel prior to the test, though). I was then instructed to try 7.5 grams per day. My levels again went up 20 points. I then got to thinking and asked if I should have applied the gel immediately prior to the test and the nurse said yes I should have.
I have yet to go back to the MD and I'm looking for an endocrinologist at this time.
As far as symptoms--when on the HRT, I felt better, had a lot higher energy levels. Libido increased but was still "spotty". I've been off for over 2 months now and I can tell the difference, definitely.
Question is: should I have taken the gel the day of the test? Wouldn't that inflate the numbers or is that the way it should be?
Urologist or endocrinologist?