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Thanks everyone for your comments, guess I need to be more patient for a few weeks atleast. Was just worried that I have yet to experience any change in my symptoms after starting TRT  :(

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I have gone through TRT experiences of many here and am a bit perplexed by my condition. I have been on TRT for about 2 weeks but do not feel anything yet. Following a protocol of 25mg EOD (due to my low SHBG) but have yet to feel any kick from testosterone. I was hoping some quick benefits on mood, fatigue, depression, sleep etc. Yet to do any blood work.

So was curious when should one start feeling good from TRT? I know every individual is different, Peak for eg I think felt better from the 1st injection itself (lucky him!!!). 

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An update to this - visited a urologist for this and according to him the cause of my frequent urination could be low testosterone itself, as low T leads to muscle weakness including bladder. He said that the problem should improve on TRT.

Interesting! Although you'd think this would mean more of an incontinence thing than frequent urination thing.

Hmmm - in any case I have just started TRT so whether the cause is low estradiol or weak bladder both should improve and hopefully alleviate this problem?   

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An update to this - visited a urologist for this and according to him the cause of my frequent urination could be low testosterone itself, as low T leads to muscle weakness including bladder. He said that the problem should improve on TRT.

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I do suffer from some anxiety but only like once a month... Shall get my hematocrit checked but I doubt it can rise so quickly...

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Hi Peak - will get my blood pressure checked first thing in the morning - however I don't generally suffer from hypertension. Could there be any other reasons for this?

Well, another reason is high hematocrit/hemoglobin.  I would definitely pull that as well.  It's a cheap test.  If you go to a clinic, they should be able to pull that right in the office with immediate results.

Talk to your doc, but I think you are going to need a lower dose.

yes i was just researching about Polycythemia - I already had high hematocrit / RBCs prior to starting TRT and post injections it could be becoming worse. Would you know if hematocrit / RBCs can rise within an hour of injecting T cyp?

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Hi Peak - will get my blood pressure checked first thing in the morning - however I don't generally suffer from hypertension. Could there be any other reasons for this?

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It us hard to say without some lab numbers. It is pretty early to get them drawn if it has only been a week or two. You said your breathing was fast, that is usually accompanied by faster pulse rate. I would have your blood pressure checked. Some people get elevated blood pressure on therapy.

You can always get some lab drawn to check you estradiol level. When I have anxiety, it is always worse in the morning, until I get things started. That may help you to know it gets better during the day. More frequent injection often means lower estradiol levels. However, my worst anxiety comes with low estradiol. I still get it when high. It seems to block thyroid function. I know from my past I am anxious with hypothyroidism. Not saying that is true for others. Just remember, this is temporary on the road to feeling better for most. Let you MD know right away. However, I would discourage him from stopping therapy, unless you felt pretty good before.

I generally have very low estradiol. Can estradiol rise so rapidly (within 30 mins) after the injection?

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I have had this when my estradiol is off!! However, it seems a common problem her until people get things dialed in. Some quickly and some not so quickly. I am slowly whittling away my side effects and it has been 6 months.

So do you mean it shouldn't happen?  Any clue that would I benefit from reducing the dose and doing it more frequently (EOD perhaps?)

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I just started TRT and have had a couple of T cyp injections (following a protocol of 50 mg Subq injections twice a week) and noticed anxiety like fast breathing almost immediately after the injections which lasted a day or so. Could anyone please let me know if that's normal? Is that anything to do with my low SHBG?


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Testosterone, Hormones and General Men's Health / Re: Andriol Liquid Gels
« on: February 20, 2015, 09:13:39 am »
Doctor has prescribed one 40mg Andriol pill per day. Searched around and have found little of its effectiveness. Some posts on guys using it as a cycle but not as a viable TRT treatment. I understand absorption is reduced with orals. I hear it also bypasses the liver which is good. What I'd like to know is should I try this out? Should I ask for the gel instead? From all the doctors I've been seeing lately I've find they will offer every other type of testosterone treatment except injections. Can these pills cause more cons than pros?

I tried andriol few years back and didnt get any boost in T...the only boost I got was in my libido and that would have been due to DHT as Peak mentioned in the earlier post...

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pretty sure you will see better results by injecting twice a week SQ. By going twice a week SQ, you should be able to lower your Estradiol and reduce the Testosterone fluctuations.

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I have low E2 (probably have been for last 10 years or so) and I suffer from cervical and lower back pain.

Have you had a bone scan?  What does your doc say?

my doc is worthless, doesn't believe low estrogen has any negative effects on men. Docs here don't seem to have much knowledge or interest in hormones. Haven't had a bone scan done yet, as any tests are out of pocket here in India.

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I have low E2 (probably have been for last 10 years or so) and I suffer from cervical and lower back pain.

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Could also very well be low estradiol; I see your value is 13 pg/ml, and that's definitely low.  Lots of guys experience water retention when E2 is *high* and the opposite of retention (e.g., peeing too much) when E2 is too low.

Never heard that before.  That's an interesting one...

It makes sense if the moderating factor in high E2 is water retention.  I've heard a few guys experience the opposite with too low E2, and I've experienced that much myself.  Maybe it's moderated by aldosterone, which might be the stress hormone the body kicks into gear when E2 gets too high (water retention), or slacks on the gas when E2 gets too low?

Yes my E2 is quite low, and I think when I was on clomid my frequent urination problem was a bit better (although I didnt get my E2 tested.) 

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