Let’s get this kicked off…
I’ve been lurking in the forum since August ‘18, when I got my first blood test indicating that I had Low Testosterone. I’m a 50 yo, very overweight male & I’d been experiencing Brain Fog, Fatigue, Weight Gain, Libido & Erectile issues for several years, I probably started noticing changes over a decade ago, though.
Things had gotten pretty bad, so on a chance I had my Testosterone checked out via self referral through PrivateMDLabs. I found a list of things to check somewhere online, though I understand now that it was a somewhat incomplete panel.
Here’s the blood work results that I have.
Testosterone, Serum 170 264-916 ng/dL 01
LH 4.6 1.7-8.6 mIU/mL 01
FSH 2.8 1.5-12.4 mIU/mL 01
Estradiol 21.2 7.6-42.6 pg/mL
Roche ECLIA methodology
Hemoglobin 13.9 13.0-17.7 g/dL
Hematocrit 42.8 37.5-51.0 %
Testosterone 203.0 ng/dL 86.98 – 780.1 ng/dL
Prolactin 8.8 ng/dL 2.1 – 17.7 ng/dL
TSH 0.741 uIU/mL 0.400-4.000 uIU/mL
I’m working with a PA under an Endo. The blood work he requested was the 11/26 set.
I was started on self injections of 1ml of Testosterone Cypionate 200mg/ml every 2 weeks.
My third injection was Monday.
I see a bit more energy for a few days after the injection a bit a a warm feeling in my chest for a few days as well.
My follow up with the PA is in Feb to discuss how things are going and will be getting follow up blood work then, only H/H & Total T were requested. Interestingly he’s requested 2 separate blood draws 1 3-4 days after an injection for the Peak T & H/H and then a second on injection day for the trough of just Total T. Near as I can tell they do not offer any support meds such as hcg or estrogen control.
I’ll self refer for shbg & Free T & another E2(sensitive? Does it really matter that much if not expecting it to be tanked?).
Exercise mainly consists of weightlifting; I’ve been working with a Starting Strength Coach since about May of last year. Plan to start swimming again, shortly. And starting to work on my diet better.
I have a 2 herniated disks in my lower back from a 2011 injury for which I still struggle with pain, ie epidural injections.
Medications: a statin, a BP med, aspirin, multi vit, vit-d 5000iu, cialis 2.5mg daily, occasional hydrocodone for back pain mainly to help sleep. And some extra L-Arginine & Citrulline Malate for the NO boost.
I do have a question for the group, when I went to get my Test Cyp from the pharmacy they gave me 10 1ml bottles rather than 1 10ml bottle. Not a big deal, if slightly more expensive, if you’re injecting the entire bottle, but it does complicate splitting the dose a bit. I think the 1ml bottles are technically single use and you’re supposed to dispose any leftover. What’s every one’s opinion on how to handle splitting the dose up if the pharmacy refuses to give out the 10ml bottle referring to a 28 day limit once the bottle’s first used and I’m not going to be anywhere near done with 10ml in 30 days? Not a issue if I’m wrong about the single use of the 1ml bottles.
Please post any comments and or suggestions. Im looking forward to becoming a more a tive member of the community.