Saw my Endo. this morning. A little background (some may remember this), I started on Androgel 5g/day back at the end on November after my Test levels came back as 277 total test
& 8.6 free. After 2 weeks on Androgel, my GP re-tested and my levels dropped to 158 total & 4.8 free. My GP and I agreed to start Test Cyp injections at 100mg/week, but he was reluctant to prescribe hCG (despite me giving him Dr. John Crisler’s papers) and, instead, sent me to an Endo.
The Endo (who was in his late-50’s)today sat down and said, “why are you on test replacement, your levels are fine?” After explaining to the doc that my levels were not fine and my symptoms of fatigue, ED, lack of libido, and brain fog (I normally have a near-photographic memory), would also fit this category of low test. He stated that I gave up on Androgel too early (I again disagreed…just look at the labs…it wasn’t being absorbed!!!) and that I should stop my injections for the next 6 weeks, so that he could run a “workup”.
He wants to check FSH, LH levels, IGF-1, Cortisol, and a host of others. I mentioned an Estradiol check and he said “why?”, but finally agreed. I think he knew I was ready to blow. He also saw my notes to ask about an anti-E and he said “Why would you ever need an anti-E”? Aggggghhh!! We are going on a family vacation in 6 weeks, so I do not want to be feeling like sh%$ while on vacation. I agreed to go off of injections for 4 weeks, then run the tests he wants to run. He said that any tests performed while on TRT are not valuable (that isn’t true, is it?).
I am beyond frustrated. I know many others have gone through this, but it is discouraging. I was starting to feel better, but still had some ED stuff and have recently been having some testicular soreness (probably from them atrophying…hence why I asked about hCG and the Estradiol check)). Does this make sense to go off of the test and see where I’m at in 4 weeks?
He also said that hCG should only be used in cases of infertility. What the fu%^!! I handed him Dr. Crisler’s papers and requested that he read them, so that we are on the same page. I will get the labs done, but I think I need to look for a new Endo. Please share your thoughts on this. I’m beating the hell out of my keyboard so I’m probably leaving stuff out, but I’ll clarify anything that I may have left confusing.
Is there anyone who knows of any good docs in the Minneapolis area that shares Dr. Crisler’s philosophies? I doubt this guy will ever give me hCG or treat me the “cutting-edge” way. Any help would be very much appreciated.
And, KSMan, I’m jealous because you’ve got a doc with his sh^% together!!!