Hi everyone I'm new here, been reading around as to not post a question thats been done already. My situation is a little different than average, and I just don't know if replacement is the right thing. Any suggestions would be a great help
I'm a 32 year old disabled vet who has been active in lifting and sports my whole life. After being injured I was put on narcodic pain medication and had been taking it for the last 5-6 years. I finally looked in the mirror and realized what I'd become, I gained about fifty pounds during this time and was the all time laziest on these meds. To summarize they really messed me up.
I quit the medication and went through hell doing it, during this time the va did blood work on me. 30 days off all meds and I'm extremely tired, I know this is still a side effect of withdrawal. I found a dr to give me a b12 shot hoping that it would give me some needed energy to get out there and start working out again, which i had been doing during the 30 days getting off. He suspected my testosterone was low and told me that narcotic pain meds suppress testosterone.
I showed him my labs and my levels were 387, which is said was the low side of normal and that i should be around 800-1000, and offered me a shot, he said he doesn't like to prescribe gels and I took the shot, I came back the following week for shot 2. Hes a nice guy and doesn't charge for an office visit just 30 a shot for the week. I asked him about estrogen levels rising over time and said i should have to worry about that because thats mostly from gels having to be on all day long. I still have read otherwise.
So here I am working out 5 days a week again dropped about 15 pounds. Have not really felt any effects from the shots still have to take a pre workout drink just to get up and going. My main fear is that I finally quit something that was super addictive with my meds and now it looks like I'm starting on something else that I will need to take and will build a tolerance too, this freaks me out. Do you guys know much about testosterone levels coming back after years of suppression from meds. I like the idea of getting the help form the t shots but I would rather do it on my own if my body can start making it on its own. If I quit will the two weeks of shots really drop my levels more? Any advice, or opinions on this would be cool.