I am trying to decide if I should start TRT. Recently went to the doctor to have my levels checked as my energy levels, muscle mass/strength and short term memory / cognitive functions has been declining at a good pace over the past year or so. I am trying to understand a few things as I know once I start there is really no going back.
- Have you noticed any improvements to your memory and cognitive functions?
- Have you noticed significant improvement in Muscle / Strength as a result of TRT? ( I am a former natural bodybuilder / powerlifter and would really like to hear from some guys experiences who are familiar with lifting)
- For the guys doing this for 5+ or 10+ years do you still feel good- any regrets?
- For those who know Dr. C in Michigan what is it likely he will prescribe the protocol recommended by KSMan?
Big decision for me and the above will help me decide if I am ready to make a trip to see Dr. C in Michigan or if I should wait a few more years. I am concerned that over time the benefits and sensitivity to the drugs may become less requiring every increasing doses that maybe I should wait as long as I can. Any advice would be helpful.
I only have partial blood information - I am going back to get more tests:
Body fat: 12%
Generally excellent health
Other Meds: Took Propecia for several years but stopped about 3 years ago when no sperm would come out and we wanted to have our second child. Took about 3 months and everything comes out fine now.
Sex Drive: Good - not like when I was 20-30 but have no problems, have sex most days of the week and have nightime and morning hard on
Workout: Bodybuilder type of workout 5x a week ~4 exercises per bodypart, 3 sets each ~10 reps, 20 min of cardio 3-4 times a week
Labs - This is all my GP tested for - Now I am going to go get the proper labs done.
Free T4: 1.2ng/dl (07 - 1.8)
TSH: 1.43 MIU/ml (.5 - 6)
Free Testosterone (Direct): 7.6 PG/ML (6.8 - 21.5)
Testosterone, Serum: 514 NG/DL (348 - 1197)
Cholesterol: Total / HDL / LDL: 186 / 70 / 102
My plan is as follows: Continue to read on sites like this, get a full blood workup, if I decide to go forward I will go see Dr C in Michigan and see if he can get on the protocol recommended by KSMan. Trying to achieve Free Test in the top 20% with managed E2 to ~22. Any suggestions would be appreciated. I am hoping that will improve my memory/concentration and I can start getting the body I had 5 years ago back, I will follow up with the rest of my lab work that has been recommended as soon as I can get tested.
PS if anyone knows a good Dr. in Columbus Ohio that will allow self inject and is TRT friendly please let me know - it may save me a trip.