I'm new to this forum but I have tried different replacement therapies. I'm 38 and I was diagnosed with Low T about 4 years ago though my levels had probably been low for years before then. I didn't ask what my levels were but I keep track of them now.
I was on monthly injections which made me feel a bit better for 2 weeks and then I'd feel like crap. Doctor switched me to injections twice a month but it still wasn't good for me. I gained about 15 lbs of fluid weight almost immediately on the injections. I stopped the injections for awhile and then started back on them and then got off of them again.
I finally saw an endo and he put me on Axiron 2 pumps per day and had me come back in a month. My levels went from 243 to 360 and I felt a little better but nothing drastic. He told me to take 4 pumps per day and come back in 3 months. I must say that I felt AWESOME on the 4 pumps per day. My libido came back and I was chasing my wife around the house on a daily basis! My workouts were great and I got stronger and I lost about 15-20lbs. After a couple of months of feeling great, I gradually started winding down. I felt like crap again, the libido went away, my workouts sucked, and I could see my muscle tone going away.
When I went back for my follow up, my levels had dropped to 123! My endo told me that my body had basically stopped producing its own T and the Axiron wasn't being absorbed anymore. He asked me if I wanted to try another gel but I was skeptical so back to the injections I went and immediately gained about 20lbs.
I haven't felt good since the Axiron. I've tried Androgel and I am now on Fortesta. Nothing is working for me, not even the injections. 4 pumps per day of Fortesta has me at 336 but I have been feeling worse so I think my body just doesn't absorb the gels very well.