Hi everyone. I am 23 years old, 6’4, 250 lbs, 38 inch waist. My facial hair grows normally. I only carry fat in my stomach, I am pretty lean everywhere else except my stomach.
My symptoms began at 17 and a half. After being the horniest teenager ever from 14-16 my sex drive fell off a cliff and I couldn’t get hard. (I went over 2 straight years without getting a hard erection, only semis, and it wasn’t until I discovered cialis that I could even get hard at all). I had ZERO morning wood except for putrid, embarrassing semi erections. I went to my family doctor shortly after my symptoms began to have my test levels checked, and she said they were “normal”. After the education I received years later reading these forums, I strongly suspect my test levels were in the very low normal range for an 80 year old. She never told me the exact number, and I didn’t ask because I simply wasn’t educated enough at the time to know I should. I’m kicking myself now for not pushing her harder for answers, but I was young, embarrassed about my condition, stupid and didn’t know any better at the time.
My other symptoms besides ED and zero sex drive included brain fog, decreased alertness, decreased cognition, blurry vision, low self esteem, somewhat anxiety, overall feeling of crappiness, no bounce in my step, constantly tired, increased belly fat storage (despite having a ridiculously meticulous diet and obsession with dieting)…it was f**king hell. I basically felt half alive. Everything seemed so grey and less alive around me. I felt like an 80 year old in a 19 year olds body. I have been this way for 6 years and have lost much of the prime of my life due to this condition.
I FINALLY got fed up with this and went to a urologist demanding answers. After minor blood work, he referred me to an endo, who took an MRI of my pituitary gland and more full scale blood work. The MRI showed pituitary damage 4 mm big. This explained everything, I must have damaged my pituitary at 17 playing sports and my pituitary stopped producing testosterone at the rate a young man should produce testosterone at.
Here’s the latest blood work results from the endo. I should mention I used the OTC horomone Superdrol and stopped using it shortly before getting the bloods done, which may have impacted some of the numbers. However, I never touched a hormone like superdrol until YEARS after my symptoms began, and the symptoms did not change after using it, so it is unrelated to my condition.
ANDROSTENEDIONE 49 NG/DL (50-220 RANGE)
TSH 2.410 mIU/ML (0.400-4.000)
T3 70.7 NG/DL (76.0-164.0)
FT4 1.03 NG/DL (.89-1.76)
DHEA-SULFATE 97.9 UG/DL (80-560)
FSH 0.3 mIU/ML (0.7-11.1)
PROLACTIN 14.90 NG/ML (2.50-17.00)
GROWTH HORMONE, SERUM 0.47 NG/ML (0.00-3.00)
IGF-1: 167 NG/ML (116-358)
LH 0.4 MIU/ML (0.8-7.6)
ESTRADIOL <20 PG/ML
CORTISOL 17.8 UG/DL (AM: 5-25 UG/ML, PM: 2.5-12.5 UG/ML) (test done in AM)
TESTOSTERONE <20.0 NG/DL (160.0-726.0)
I also have blood count and metabolic profile if anyone needs to see those.
The endo put me on TRT, and I will use this for the rest of my life. I asked for injections but he insisted on Fortesta gel and said if I didn’t like it we could switch, so I gave in. After about 10 days of using 5-7 pumps per day, I began feeling better. However, I am an athlete and I sweat a lot and shower a lot so I didn’t want to continue using the gel as it was a hassle and I was afraid of it not absorbing fully. I just switched 5 days ago to injections. He has me on 3/4 ML per week from a 200 mg/ml vial of test E, which is 150 mg of test e per week.
After injecting 150 mg Thursday night, I felt INCREDIBLE Friday. I was super talkative, confident, had morning wood, a good sex drive, and an overall well being. I felt so good. I then stopped applying the testosterone gel due to switching to injections, and once I lost the testosterone from the gel, I CRASHED Saturday. I have felt like dog shit since then. I started “bridging” some test gel since Sunday to help with the crappy feeling and I planned on tapering off the dosage week by week until the test E builds up in my system, until finally ceasing test gel use entirely after about week 4 of injections. Is that a bad idea? Good idea? I’ve been watching out for symptoms of high estrogen and have nothing yet.
I have noticed my balls are heavily atrophied. I asked for HCG, but my doctor wants to wait 5-6 weeks and get blood work done before using HCG.
I am planning on injecting 50 mg of test E 3 times per week, M,W,F, first thing in the morning (injecting at night gave me bad insomnia). I will use a 0.5 inch, 0.5 ML, 29g insulin syringe and inject into my quad muscle. Does this protocol sound good?
I am concerned about my e2 levels and want to have an AI on hand just in case but I have to wait until I get my follow up blood work done before asking my doctor for it.
As an athlete and bodybuilder, I have a very strict diet. I never eat junk food and rarely drink alcohol. Right now I am doing a carb cycling diet in order to lose fat. I am eating egg yolks, spinach, chicken breast, skim milk, and occasionally fish.
My training is hardcore. I lift upper body MTH and lower body TF. I do cardio Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday (I will stop cardio when I switch back to bulking).
My testes do not ache. I started getting morning wood again after about 10 days of test gel, but I crashed after switching to injections and do not have them anymore.
Thank you all for everything you do for this forum, I hope I can get my life back together alongside of you guys.