First time poster (33 years old) looking for some advice as many of you are very knowledgeable and may have some experience to help my recovery. I am grateful for any feedback.
Here is my story:
History of addiction to opiates and alcohol on and off for about 8 years. I am currently 18 months clean. History of SSRI use on and off for the past 14 years. I am currently on a low dose of Zoloft 37.5. On and off TRT for the past 4 years. I have used Androgel and axiron which both raised my testosterone to the 800 - 1200 range. Currently off Testosterone but am taking HCG and have just started my third month.
Month 1 = 1,000 iu injections 3x a week.
Month 2 = 750 iu injections 3x a week.
Month 3 = 250 iu injections 3x a week (current)
Ultimately I am trying to finish tapering off the SSRI slowly and also not need testosterone in the hopes that the HCG will restart my HTPA (LH).
Below are many test results and dates along with what treatment I was on:
August 2013 (Axiron for 2 months)
TESTOSTERONE,TOTAL 2012… 250-1100 ng/dL
TESTOSTERONE,FREE 641.8… 35.0-155.0 pg/mL
The doctor called me immediately and told me to stop the gel which I proceeded to do!
January 2014 (5 months since using TRT)
Triiodothyronine (t3) 108… 71-180
TSH 2.170… 0.450-4.500
T3 uptake 40… 24-39
Free thyroxine index 3.4… 1.2-4.9
Free testosterone, serum 382… 348-1197
Thyroxine (t4) 8.6… 4.5-12.0
Free testosterone(direct) 14.8… 8.7-25.1
April 1, 2014 (No TRT treatment)
Free testosterone, serum 356… 348-1197
Free testosterone(direct) 9.8… 8.7-25.1
June (Major crash and felt terrible. Started Androgel for a few weeks and it was discontinued due to insurance reasons so I had to stop.)
July 1, 2014 (No TRT treatment)
Testosterone, Serum 221… 348 - 1197
TSH 3.050… 0.450 - 4.500
Free Testosterone(Direct) 8.2… 8.7 - 25.1
Found a TRT clinic in NJ and started HCG end of July 2014
August 1, 2014 (1 week on HCG)
Testosterone, Serum 279… 348 - 1197
TSH 1.810… 0.450 - 4.500
September 1, 2014 (6 week after starting HCG)
Testosterone, Total 349… 348 - 1197
Testosterone, Free 119.4… 35.0 - 155.0
Going for a blood test this week to see where I am at…