Little about my situation:
I have been on TRT with a Baton Rouge, LA Endocrinologist for the past 3 years (I'm 34 years old). I self inject 1ML of Test Cyp once per week. I initially went to the doctor with all the standard symptoms of low T. GP sent me to endo after bloodwork showed extremely low T. Endo re-tested and confirmed. He started me on the above regimen.
My T levels then returned to what he calls normal (700-800). I've been telling him for 2 years now that it's great that those numbers on that pretty little paper of his are good numbers, but I still feel like shit. All the same symptoms. Worst symptoms are "fog brain," low sex drive and ED.
Did a little research and stumbled across a Dr. Crisler, who appears to be somewhat versed in TRT. He recommends TRT be coupled with HCG. If I recall correctly, 250iu's 2 days before T shot and day before T shot.
I bring this up to the Endo, and he won't even entertain the idea. Says HCG and TRT "work against eachother." Needless to say, I'm looking for a new doctor at this moment.
Is this Dr. Crisler the "go to guy" on the subject of TRT? Should I be quoting him when talking with doctors?
There is a company called Renew Man that I contacted today looking for a local doctor. They advised they have local doctors here and for $300.00 per month, I could have labs, doctors visits, and all medications necessary for optimal TRT. They agreed that my Endo was dead wrong and they stated that they would couple TRT with HCG as well as an Estrogen blocker (?). They also stated that 800 was not the target range and they would like to get T levels between 1000 and 1200. Does anyone have any experience with Renew Man? Does what they are saying sound more applicable than my Endo?
Currently, my insurance covers my Test and all labs. I just pay $50 copay to see the Endo and $40 per month for Test. If I go with Renew Man, insurance will not pay. I really don't want to spend the next 2 years trying to convince doctors of how to treat low T so going with Renew Man for $300 per month is appealing. Is $300 per month expensive? On target?
I've heard that once I see the local doctor that Renew Man refers me to, that I cannot then drop the Renew Man plan and see the doctor as a new patient because of contracts between the doctor and Renew Man. I also saw a post here where someone dealt with Renew Man and saw their doctor (a GP here in Baton Rouge), but the post is really old and for some reason I cannot PM the guy who posted. Does anyone out there know of a doctor in the Baton Rouge area that would treat low-T correctly? Does anyone know of a doctor that Renew Man would send me to in the Baton Rouge area?
Obviously, I'd love to get my insurance to help me out, but I'm sick and tired of feeling sick and tired, if you know what I mean. So, $300 and getting the ball rolling is appetizing.
Any help, insight, suggestions, comments would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance.