Thought I would do an update on my progress on Testosterone.
At the start, March 01, 2015, I was weighing 148 lbs. I went on HCG Mono for 1 month but didn't see much improvements in my symptoms (low libido, fatigue, depression/anxiety, muscle pain and aches). I was weighing in about 155 lbs. at the end of March and had a Total Testosterone level of 570, not bad but also not where I wanted it to be either.
I moved to Testosterone Cypionate plus HCG starting around April 20th, can't remember the exact date, but after discussing with my doc, I felt I needed more- the HCG was making me feel "weird" and I wanted to see if by adding Testosterone I would start feeling better.
I moved to the new regimen of 50mg Testosterone Cypionate once a week and 1,200 IUs HCG twice a week all intramuscular. I didn't notice improvements right away but by mid May I had put on another 7-10 lbs. and was feeling a little better.
June, I kept with the same regimen. And also, as requested by my doc, because I still wasn't feeling great, had 4 blood draws done within a 2 week timeframe, testing Total and Free Testosterone.
The only thing I've heard back from my doctor's office in regards to the recent tests I had done, are my T levels being "high". This is all the medical assistant would tell me. Now I'm going back in to see my doc in late July to reassess and see what's up.
I'm currently weighing in between 170lbs -175lbs. I've always been a skinny guy, so putting on 25 lbs. people are now asking if I'm working out, which I just say "Yes" haha. I'm really not though, I haven't touched a set of weights the entire 4 months. It's not all muscle granted, I've put on some more fat. But then again being 148lbs. and very lean, I like looking bigger. I've started running to cut some of the fat I've put on.
Other things I've seen improve: energy a little higher (I still feel very tired after a long day at work but it's more manageable). I can workout now and not feel completely achy, sore the next day. My depression and anxiety is also more manageable now. It hasn't completely gone away, I still have bad weeks where I'm sad and depressed, but overall my confidence has gained. I don't stress about situations as much. I also don't have the very bad, ruminating anxiety levels that I had pre-Testosterone. I'm a little more assertive and feel overall that my quality of life as gotten better.
Things I still need to improve: libido is still the same pre-testosterone :/ not really sure why. I really want my depression/anxiety to be completely gone but maybe this takes more time? I still feel some fatigue, but then again I also got diagnosed with sleep apnea back in March (been using a bipap and getting very low AHI every night which is great!) and have low ferritin (iron) so maybe this is more the cause of that...
Overall I feel TRT has helped me. I can't imagine going back now to my days before. I definitely still need to hone in the right dosing regimen, and get more active to combat the depression but I would say my TRT experience so far has been positive.
I'm going to continue taking Testosterone for the foreseeable future and also look into possible reasons for my low iron levels- maybe Celiacs or other gastro problems, as these things might be aggravating the depression and fatigue.