I know what you are saying about this. It can be really hard to tell when a particular treatment is doing the trick or not.
electrify, have you tried adding zinc to your therapy? Not to give you something else to worry about, but it seems to be helpful for me. I am thinking it could be boosting DHT, or some similar androgenic effect.
I used to use Zinc more regularly a while back. Nowadays I don't really take it that frequently unless I have *ahem* had an orgasm lol. That is one aspect that TRT definitely helped in was the sexual department. Mood wise im still all up and down. I'm getting Zinc/Copper/Ceruloplasmin serum tested soon at my next blood draw.
I missed the adjunct T cream (for the DHT boost that doesn't seem to happen with injections as much for me) for a few days and really felt it then when I got back on it solved the mood issue but that was last week. Now this week my mood randomly fell again for no reason. I mean hell my life is going pretty well and somehow I still fall into low moods that tend to spiral out of control while they are there. They don't last forever but it sure feels like they will while I experience them.
I'm doing everything I can though.
One thing is I sort of skipped my probiotic regimen for a whole week cause I need to get Rd 2 stool testing done with a new functional medicine practitioner. I have no idea if that is the reason but in terms of 'protocol change' that is the only change thats happened if it counts. *If* that is the reason for the mood dip though then at the very least I would have pinpointed a root cause. I was following a good kefir/kombucha regimen for the last 4-5 weeks solid every single day. Then I just abruptly stopped it. So I think it may be related to that.
Its ridiculous cause for me no matter what it is whether its hormones or gut or something else its all the same symptoms.
In terms of my exercise regimen what I do is run 1 mi on the treadmill and then hit the weights. I do squats, chest press with free weights, and circuit training. The endorphin rush helps temporarily for maybe like an hour or so.
But I want a permanant solution to mood/anxiety issues such that I don't experience a low mood for no reason in my life again.