Hey guys, first time poster here. I've enjoyed Peak Testosterone as a resource since I began TRT a month ago.
I'm a 32y/o male. Diagnosed with Low T last summer. Workout 4 days per week for as long as I can remember (weights and bball). In great shape, always watching diet. Started feeling a lot of the negative symptoms this spring (head fog, erectile, etc) and had to take action. Levels anywhere from 199-341 depending on the measurement date/time.
Here's my problem (besides low T):
I started Androgel a month ago (2 pumps of 40mg every morning) with an established Endo. I started feeling positive effects rather immediately, but within 5 days it was hard to concentrate and my vision was a little weird. Something was off. Coffee made things worse so I stopped that. I started to feel like crap, and had random muscle twitches too.
So, I checked my blood pressure and it was 157/100. It stayed in that range. Immediately before I started treatment, my blood pressure was 125/80 (my norm of many many years), and we had an extensive blood panel done that basically said I was incredibly healthy with no problems, except for my boys not doing their job. My doctor took me off of Androgel after 14 days to see if it was causing the blood pressure spike (he's never heard of it doing so). 7 days later I reported to him that my blood pressure was still high, but fluctuating more downward. He said I needed to get with my GP before we try another treatment, so I did. GP thought it was absolutely crazy (for a healthy guy like me) to have high blood pressure, and had also never heard of High BP with Testosterone. My Endo said hemocrit levels take months to increase, so that was ruled out.
I did follow up and looked at the Androgel research trials which showed a 3% adverse event statistic for Hypertension. That explanation gave me a bit of relief.
Anyway, finally after about 10 days after getting off of AndroGel, my blood pressure finally normalized. It's been normal for about 5 days now. So, I can attribute it to the T. Then of course followed the head fog and symptoms again.
Here is where I need help:
Does anyone have any first hand experience with this quick onset hypertension caused by AndroGel or any other method of TRT? Any idea why this happened physiologically? Do you know if injections have this risk? Do you have any advice as to how I should proceed from here once I hit my baseline? For example, if I go with injections, should I push my doctor or team to start me off more slowly? Should I start trying TRT injection clinics, or should I find a different Endo or Primary Care Doctor to help move me forward? I'm very afraid of life without the proper amount of T, for good reason, but I'm also freaked out about what happened with my BP and hope to avoid that moving forward!!!
Any help will be greatly appreciated.