Hi All, I have been lurking around here and learning for the past month and wanted to ask for advice from the experienced.
50 yr old health white male here, 170lbs medium build, gym 5 days a week, semi-athletic physique, I look like I am in my early 40’s… blah, blah, blah… In general i feel just ok…, never like what I read here about people saying they feel like shit. My main issue(s) are libido which is almost all gone and I am loosing muscle strength and can’t even hold what I have. Each month in the gym I seem to get a bit weaker… also a little brain fog and difficult to sleep through the night.
I started TRT after hearing radio adverts back in mid 2016. My total T levels were not bad at all (557) but my free T was 7.51. Doc gave prescribed me compounded creme 200mg applied 2x daily on the forearms. my first blood test after starting, my levels came back lower than I started… Doc scratched his head and upped the prescription to apply on arms 3x daily and increase dosage. Next labs results were even lower… We tried switch from Creme to gel but no difference.
After 6 months of frustration I decided to give the pellets a try. The doc pushed pellets from day one. The pellets started to do the job! Sleeping good, brain fog down, much better sleep, losing body fat, muscle gains without even killing myself in the gym and libido returned to a ok level. Continuing on, the pellet reinsertion’s were happening every 3 months, besides being extremely expensive, I had lumps on my ass that hurt like hell if I touched them or laid on the ground to fix something. Further along on my treatment the doc was putting 21 pellets in and gentlemen, believe me that makes a lump on your rear. After my second, third and on applications in the same pockets / tunnels I started loosing pellets. All might be good and healed after 3 weeks then boom, one would pierce my skin… After a year I was done with it, pain, bleeding etc… I quit cold turkey.
So hear I am now. I just had my labs done and was surprised to see my levels higher than when I started years ago. This makes no sense to me. I would love to go and try the scrotal creme , but since I never absorbed any from the forearm creme I am not very confident it will work for me… Shots seem like the way to go, but I am terrified of sticking myself! The new way of using small subq insulin needles make me want to give it a try. IM is for now out of the question for me. I can’t do that for life… I have my appt… with Defy next week an don’t know what method I should push for. Creme / injection e3d, e2d??? Thanks for sharing your experiences