Hey everyone. I am new to this forum and it looks like a really good site so I thought I would post up my problems/story and see if anyone might be able to offer me some advice.
I use to take steroids back in college and think that I might have permanently messed up my hormones. I tried my first cycle back in 2003, a small 100mg a week test cycle. I took 2 years off before taking another cycle in 2005 which got me hooked on cycling for the next 2 years with 2-4 month breaks in between cycles, naturally upping dosages and stacks. By 2006 I decided to stop. I was taking tren at the time, and unlike previous post cycles, this one hit me hard. I feel like I havent been the same since then. I got really bad anxiety for the first year, which I combated with taking small test cycles. This def helped but I knew was just a temp fix.
In early 2007 I came off completely. It was not as bad as in the past but it was still no fun. I suffered a lack of sex drive, low motivation and all the lovely side effects of low testosterone. Around this time I was graduating college so some stress could be attributed to school and life after college.
I stopped working out at this point, but mostly because of finals. I also stopped eating healthy and pretty much let myself go.
Summer 2007 I moved away from school and pretty much started work immediately. It was pretty stressful and I work/worked tons of hours so at this point I still wasn't eating healthy or working out.
I didn't start working out again until spring 2008. Slowly getting back into gym and integrating it back into my daily routine. I was still suffering anxiety, low energy levels, and low sex drive so in august 2008 I decided to get my test levels tested. I didn't do a lot of research so I went with a GP who didnt get a full panel test. My results though were:
test 545.7 ng/dl range 170-850
free test 20.90 pg/ml range 18-41
My doctor wasn't helpful at all and said I was fine. I thought the free test levels were really low. I didn't have insurance at the time so I didn't pursue the problem any further.
I am at the point now though where I am working out regularly, and am biking about 20 miles a week. I feel in pretty good shape, but I still have a low sex drive and find myself to be fairly lethargic and tired. My energy in the gym seems fine, although I really have to force myself to go.
I have insurance now so I am thinking of going to an endo and getting my blood levels tested. I was considering getting the life extensions test first before I visit an endo though. I also am not sure if I should disclose steroid use to a doctor. I know it has contributed a lot, but I don't really want to risk not getting covered or having it show on my permanent record.
I was hoping to get some advice on how I should pursue this or if anyone has been in a similar situation.
also I would love to hear of any recommended doctors in Los Angeles, preferably west LA - so I dont waste time with uninformed doctors.