Seakonk & Ironman, thanks for both your replies.
Ironman, I originally went to the doc because I wanted to do chelation, as I have an industrial background and a family with a cardiac history. I was tested for heavy metals exposure, and had toxic levels of a variety of metals in my system, and my lead levels essentially indicate that I’ve been walking around with lead poisoning for many years.
As part of a full intake history, the doctor covered everything in my past, we spent about an hour and a half together. She ordered full blood profiles, and tested thyroid levels and testosterone levels and some nutritional levels. The blood & thyroid all looked good, nutritional levels needed some supplements, my testosterone levels were around 210. In addition to the chelation, she wanted me on TRT, saying it would help my ‘run down / beat-up’ feeling in the morning.
She really sang the praises of TRT, and I hadn’t done much research on it, but I really liked the doc, so I was willing to trust her.
The chelation has done wonders - I feel better, and my blood pressure has dropped about 25 points. I didn’t have high blood pressure, but it had crept-up over the years, now it’s back down to my high school years.
Having heard about chelation many years ago, and knowing my background, I thought it would be a good thing, and it has been.
I’m happy with my health and body overall, but wanted to do what I could to clean-up my body inside.
The TRT hasn’t been the miracle it was sold as, and I don’t want to be married to a drug if I can help it - much less lose my f’in hair. I’m not Brad Pitt, but I like what I’ve got. I am now going to pursue a natural method of raising my T Levels.
I did notice better muscle tone on TRT. I’m generally pretty strong, but slim - so building a little muscle mass was nice. I even caught my wife ‘checking me out’ a couple of times, which was a nice feeling since I like her.
I’m having a little trouble with getting/maintaining full erections these days, which the TRT did not help at all. But from just beginning to read this site the past couple of days, there’s a lot more involved with erectile dysfunction than just testosterone levels. So I’m starting to read more about it here.
I appreciate your input, and if you guys have any other advice, I am totally open to hearing it. And if you have links to helpful threads on this site for my issues, please let me know.
Thanks again, this is a great website.