Thx for the kind words - much appreciated.
I've just got a sec but let me make a few comments:
--Ouch! That's low testosterone and I'm not surprised you've been struggling. Been there...
--How often are you doing the injections, i.e. biweekly, weekly or every two weeks? The "old school" approach is every two weeks, which leaves a guy with very low testosterone and the end of the two weeks usually. So many of the more forward-thinking doctors now lower the dose and increase the frequency of the injections. This makes for a much smoother ride.
--Question: how do you know that you are not going to want to have kids? HRT usually hammers your fertility. I can only hope that your doctor discussed this issue with you. Just type in "fertility" and "Clomid" in the search at the top of this forum and you'll get a little starter info.
--You wrote that "obviously I cannot be dependent on HRT forever". Well, this is actually far from obvious. Unfortunately, the great majority of men with low testosterone never recover their testosterone. This is a pretty involved subject, but, ideally, your doctor would have tested to see if you were primary (in the testes) or secondary (in the pituitary/hypothalamus) hypogonadal.
If you are secondary, there is a chance you could get jump started, at least theoretically, that you could get your testosterone jump-started. However, the only guys that I actually know that have jump-started their testosterone were steroid users. One of the guys on this site, FightLowT, had his doctor try to do just that but had marginal success with it. And keep in mind that he was going to one of the most forward-thinking, cutting edge online docs. Your typical urologist or endocrinologist will not even think of trying this. In fact, you're lucky if they'll even pull your FSH/LH.
--Getting off of HRT is not that fun. If you were to quit now, you'd like end up a little lower than you were before for several months and then it would take you months to get back to your total T of 261.
--Is there an exception? Theoretically, if you are significantly overweight, 50+ pounds roughly, you might be able to lose that weight and then go off of HRT and find your testosterone ramped back up. But that's theoretical - I haven't known anyone who has done this.
--Also, keep in mind that it's potentially dangerous to go off of HRT unless your testosterone has truly recovered because it increases the risk for so many medical conditions. And, as you know, it can be very hard on relationships.
So the bottom line is that you've got to do some research based on your situation and do a lot of talking with knowledgeable, GOOD docs. These can be hard to find and it takes a lot of effort and time quite often. But it's worth gold when you find a good physician.