So I just turned 20, and am tired of feeling sluggish all through highschool, winded after running up the stairs once, or lifting a box, etc. Been exercising on and off for around 3 years, keep very active at work (40 hours on foot always), and am around 12-14% body fat, 5'10" 175 lbs. I had Bloodwork done for my thyroid as my family has Hashimotos pretty bad on both sides, and got the results. They failed to do anything other than the TSH for my thyroid which came back at 2.7. My total testosterone came back at 426ng/dl with a free test of 57. I was born with only one testicle as well, and didn't have to shave until 19 (still only shave every 3 weeks). Doctor told me I was ok, though I have confirmed I have gynecomastia (noticed in 7th grade, assured it would disappear, yet it's growing.) so my endo wants to give me Tamoxifen. Assures me I have nothing wrong hormonally. Decided to see an anti agongclinic which insurance covered. I was given NatureThroid and some vitamin d/potassium for 6 weeks until they will draw my Bloodwork again including t3/t4 etc. The Dr. has also approved me for seeing her to receive TRT, assuming I will pay the $150 every 3 months and pay for the testosterone sans insurance (insurance won't even let me see her for testosterone if my level is above 190ng/dl) so here is my questions:
- Should I try to tank my levels prior to the test via not sleeping, eliminating days, overtraining, etc directly prior to my next blood draw?
- The Dr says she will give me TRT or HCG in case I want to have kids, assuming she will PRESCRIBE me testosterone right? If that's the case I should be able to fill it at the cheapest pharmacy(she said it may cost $110 a month which seems way to high, thought?)
- Should I just pay for the visit $150 without tanking levels and just get my prescription and eat the $150 every 3 months in effort to improve my life?
- Could I quit the Testosteone after a few months, and see my levels drop to such low levels that insurance would then take action?
In all honesty $150 every 3 months and paying out of Pocket for Test E or Test C is not that bad assuming its under $110 a month for a decent supply? My life as it is is very boring:
Very anxious and worrisome
Muscles feel weak including grip
Could not improve cardio despite trying very hard over 6month+ periods
No desire for relationships
On top of that I don't think my family feels it's a very big issue however as I work and am 20 it's a decision I really have to make.
Does anyone have any idea if that seems reasonsble: $150 for a visit every 3 months to an anti aging clinic?
The doctor has been in practice for over 20 years