Hello, this is my first post as I am in a bit of desperation mode. The forum archive has already been very informative for me, thanks. I am trying to be detailed so please stick with me.
41 yo M with total T measured around 190 and MANY of the Low T symptoms for at least the past 18 months. May have been rather low my whole life. My PCP doc did not get measures of other levels like Free, E2, etc as this was done before I knew too much about anything. The T was so low and the symptoms so prominent it all seemed like a no-brainer.
I began the Androderm 4mg patches last week (I know topical is not forum recommended and understand why) and within an hour saw an incredible positive change in my memory and focus, and within a day, positive changes to my strength, physical endurance and a stink to my sweat that had been missing for I don’t know how long. Also the ability to wake early in the morning totally refreshed (after a lifetime of being a morning zombie), and substantial reductions to anxiety/restlessness which I am 99% certain was induced by the Low T. Because of the “brain fog”, I tested my IQ six months ago. I was sad but not shocked to see it had gone down significantly, but it has already come back to level.
Have also made some lifestyle and diet changes commensurately. Do not drink or do drugs. Libido still absent as I would expect.
So… I am on Day 6 now and have begun feeling a total scaling back since yesterday. Although my lethargy never really went away, it seems to be a lot stronger (weaker?), along with the anxiety now peeking through. I did have a nausea and subsequent panic attack on Day 3 but otherwise the anxiety had been almost gone up to yesterday.
Should I expect this kind of roller coaster as everything gets going and maybe my own production shuts down? Even on the patch? I have taken good care to make sure the patches are in a good place, done dry, stay in contact, etc. I can’t seem to find reports of people feeling so positive on the patch for the first few days and then “crashing” like this. But I also know a lot of these changes can take longer to manifest and the body is a complicated cocktail, so maybe I just got a sneak preview? Thank you for any information/anecdotes you can provide. It is a lonely journey.