Glad to find another forum and thank heavens for the internet, without it I'd have believed all the docs who told me everything was in my head...
36yo male - for the last 10-12 years been suffering from low libido, lack of energy, no nocturnal erections, well you know the drill.
Been thru 4 doctors PCP, Urologist and 2 Endos. Along with other battery of tests which I'll get from my dr. office and post - my T has come back anywhere from low 500's to under 300. Last couple were 400 and 295. After the 295 test, my endo agreed to try Androgel. Tried 5mg at first and after a month had bloodwork done. Received a message from the nurse that endo wanted to up to 10mg. I didn't even talk to him, but knowing how I felt, had no complaints. After a few weeks on 10mg Andro, ran more bloodwork and received a call from the nurse "doctor said results for T came back at 325, so you're all set". I freaked! Huh? I feel like dirt, does that matter?
Libido - no improvement (but realize early stages)
Erections - improved slightly (topicals increase DHT more i believe)
Mood - still anxious (this told I was too low regardless if libido was ok which it wasn't)
Complexion - surprising thing to notice, but more color, less puffy face.
Still, the 325 number didn't instill much confidence that big improvements were down the road. So, I pushed to try Test Cyp and he relented.
Endo pushed for 200mg every 2 weeks and we did that in his office and nurse showed me how to self-adminster. 3 days later I felt like I do when T is low - very restless, anxious. Been in enough forums and try to keep up with Dr. John and read Dr. Shippens book, so right or wrong I switched myself to 100mg every week. Did my my first 100mg shot Thanksgiving Day. Don't feel any better, but I know I've only had 2 injections. Still, I have a strong feeling 100mg isnt enough, but we'll see when I retest.
My endo thinks everything is in my head and noone will ever convince me of that. We'll see what my test results are and what his response will be, but I'm thinking of going back to my PCP. I don't think he has any knowledge about TRT, but he's the only doctor I've had that admits he doesn't know everything and is willing to listen. So, I think I may be able to open him up to Dr. Johns protocol and maybe we can arrange for him to consult with him.
Any words of encouragement? Would appreciate anyones personal experience in how long to feel improvements on Test Cyp. Trying to be patient, but feel like I have lost 10 years of my life and am anxious to get on with it.
Thanks for listening to my rambling and look forward to learning more and especially to feeling better.