Well, I finally signed up for this forum after lurking since finding out that I have Low T. There are some brilliant guys who post on here and I really appreciate all of the information.
After being diagnosed with low T - 205ng/dl 350-1000, my urologist put me on a Testim regimen. One tube per day (50mg?). I did this for a few weeks and then called his office to let them know that I wasn't really feeling the effects. They told me to increase the dosage to a tube and a half per day.
I stayed on this for about a month and felt significantly better than I had been feeling. My appointment with an Endo finally arrived and I brought all of my test results to him for the initial consultation.
He asked me outright if I wanted to start injections and I told him that I was probably headed that way. I was armed with the information from these forums and could see the proverbial "writing on the wall". He said before I started that I MAY want to try a brand new topical solution that was very promising. He said that he had other patients taking Axiron (2% underarm liquid) and that they were getting better than expected test results.
I told him that I was open to it and he gave me a voucher for the first bottle free, and the following 12 months' supply at $25 ea. Pretty good, considering the co-pay costs of Testim. (~$80 mo.). My initial dose was two "swipes" per day, yielding 60mg of Testosterone. Ever since stopping the Testim, however, I have gone back to feeling like crap with energy levels and mind cloudiness. I have called the doctor's office after two weeks to ask if I can increase the dosage, but was told that it was too early and to be patient.
I honestly don't think that this particular product is a good fit for me and my situation, as it doesn't seem to be very effective for me. Testim did provide some relief but only on a small scale.
Do you guys think that I should push for injections next or I should wait another four weeks and go take the blood test and let the Doc try to raise the dosage? Another issue is that since I started feeling like crap, I started supplementing the Axiron with leftover Testim so that I can make it through the week. I am worried that my test results will not accurately depict the results of the Axiron.
Here it is in a nutshell: Should I try to press my Endo for injections asap or should I ride out the gels? Also, if I ride out the gels, is there any way to reduce the numbers quickly so that it only shows the effect from the Axiron? I don't want to take anything to reduce T levels, just an indication of when I should abandon taking anything but the Axiron so that it levels out to what's accurately being delivered.
Thanks for sharing your wealth of information. I really enjoy reading the posts!