Hello everyone! I am new to these boards… Just signed up after countless hours of reading many of the threads and sticky’s here. I will tell you a bit about myself and then leave some blood results. I’m currently 24 Years old (25 in Nov.) and have been on/off TRT since 2005. I’m currently a manager of a supplement store and have decent knowledge of how the body works and deals with alot of ingredients, but of course I am no expert! In approx. 10th grade i tipped the scales at 301lbs, decided i had enough torture from society and dropped 80lbs .
Upon waiting to have gynocomastia surgery and breast reduction surgery (alot of extra skin) i had to go through the processes of seeing an Endo and getting results in order for the insurance company to back most of the surgery. During that time the endo diagnosed me with hypogonadism… Now i am pretty sure its primary but i do not have that on paper. What i do have are some of the notes and tests from the endo from 2005. These results were as follows…
Estradiol less than 20
FSH - 2.9 (1.0-12.0)
LH - 2.3 (2.57-10.13)
Total Test - 251 (241-827)
Free Test - 7.8 (no range given)
Cortisol - 12.8 (was a concern to her)
DHEAS - 421
I had a pituitary MRI which was normal, as well as a testicular ultrasound which only states left testicle is slightly smaller than the right with a small variceal below the left testicle.
Over the next number of years my doctor expirimented with androgel (up to 2 packets per day) and once my levels seemed to meet the high 300’s he took me off of it. Just for the levels to drop significantly over the next couple of years. Leading me to 2012-2013 timeframe. Last year I went back to the doctor and told him about all of my issues i was having again. (low sex drive, no energy, muscle weakness and fatigue.) during the year of 2011-2012 i reached my lowest weight of 175 and was almost anorexic looking. But over this time no matter how much protein i took in my muscle seemed to deplete rather than grow, as well as my strength.
Again… my doctor put me on a gel form of TRT this time Testim. I just discontinued the testim about a week ago upon request of trying injections, as i have read how well it has worked for many others and a few people that i have come to know over the years. My doctor just prescribed me 200mg of test cyp EVERY TWO WEEKS. And i administered my first injection this past thursday. Over the past two days i have developed some aching pain in my testicles… mostly feeling it when i lay on my stomach in bed, sit down, or walk. (i guess thats most of the time ha) and im not sure if that is atrophy occuring or something else going on… it’s quite worrisome though.
I want to say ive had this problem before though, as i have done 2 pro-hormone cycles with proper PCT, however im sure PCT did next to nothing with having hypogonadism. I’ve also tried over a dozen natural test boosters in the past 3 years rangin from tribulus, d aspartic acid, fenugreek, or dhea based… to no real avail. What is most troubling to me is through self education… I realized my doc hasn’t even been tracking E2, LH, FSH, levels when he gets my blood work done to check test levels. My last labs were as follows…
PSA .32 (<4.0 ng/ml)
T4 - 1.5 (.ng/dl)
Magnesium (reason why i am adding this is because its really low for some reason?) - 1.9 with magnesium supplement (1.8-2.4 MG/DL)
Prolactin - 8.3 (2.1-17.7NG/ML)
Free Test - 9.2 (9.3-26.5 pg/ml)
Total Test - 345.0 (348-1197)
T3 - 80.9 (60.0-181.0 NG/DL)
TSH - 1.52 (0.358-3.740 iIU/ML)
This is truly getting frustrating needless to say, and my wife and I have hopes of starting a family in a couple of years. When i mentioned the addition of HCG to my test cyp injections the doc just kind of smiled (idk if he was impressed at my knowledge or what)
but said he has guys who get it from mexico… and that he wasnt against it but wanted to start with this first and go from there.
Also because the HCG could cause my gyno to come back. I also mentioned adex with the HCG and test… didnt really mention too much. I realize he is a primary healthcare physician and not an expert in this field but i do feel more educated than him at times on the topic, and am getting to the point of almost self medicating with TEST/HCG/ and ADEX. So out of frustration and stress… I created an account and though maybe i could get some pointers and knowledge on my situation from you experienced guys out there… seems like there isnt much hope at times…
unknown BF% if i had to guess i would say 15% range
lift 5 days a week
2-3hrs of cardio per week
230-240g of protein per day
100-130g carbs per day
70g of fat per day