I've been lurking here since May but this is my first post.
First, let me say THANK YOU to all of you posters - I have been reading for months and your info and stories have been enlightening and inspiring. I had about every symptom you could have had going into this - to the point of looking into antidepresents. I feel like I am on a path to great health now, and it's helped knowig I'm not on this journey alone.
I am 43 years old and struggling with low T. My story is just another flavor of so many here so I won't go into a lot of detail. Suffice it to say that after eating healthy and working out for many months, I realized something must be wrong. I got lucky to get connected to a Dr. that specializes in this. A deep blood dive in May revealed the following numbers:
Total T 288
Free T 65
All of of other blood values were good - and many like my Trigl and Chol were improved from the previous year.
Dr. put me on HCG 3 times a week and we again tested. I don't have those numbers with me, but they were literally within a few points of my starting numbers. I then went on Testim (one tube) and stayed on HCG. Tested again with almost no improvement - I was still below 300 total but my free had improved some.
Next step was two tubes of Testim. Tested after 30 days and FINALLY have improvement! The new numbers as of a week ago are:
Total T 721
I had a shot while I was in for this test, and felt better over the weekend than I can remember in a LONG LONG time. Lots of great things, but I think the overall sense of well-being was the most wonderful part.
Now, the Dr. is putting me on Arimidex (a generic) to lower the Estradiol (1 MG per pill). According to the nurse, they think this is what's keeping me from feeling my best.
So a few questions:
1. With the numbers I've shown, how much of an effect do you think the Estradiol is having today?
2. Why do you think the shot made such a difference over the weekend? Do I need to get my numbers even higher or perhaps did I just get the high enough to get over the problem of the Estradiol?
I really appreciate any input you have, and keep up the fight!