Why I Chose to Pursue HRT
My name is Samuel Johnson (name changed to protect confidentiality). I am 45 years old, and I haven’t felt this good since I was in my twenties! Let’s face it, aging isn’t a cakewalk. I have been an athlete for most of my life, and I’ve enjoyed playing basketball and soccer with friends and colleagues throughout my adulthood. Turning 30 wasn’t as dramatic as I thought it would be, but for some reason, things started to change for me when I turned 35. Over time I started to notice that my body didn’t feel as alive and energetic as it felt when I was younger. I would work out and play sports with my friends, and immediately afterward, I would feel drained and my body felt sore to the point it was difficult for me to walk after a workout. My energy level was horrible, and I started to lose motivation to do the things I used to love doing. I can’t say I ever felt clinically depressed, but I did start to feel sadness at times, and I started to develop a pessimistic view of myself, my body, and my future. This wasn’t like me at all . . . On top of that, I started to gain weight, lose muscle mass, and my desire to have sex started to decrease. Honestly, I never imagined that wanting to have sex would be a problem for me! I was embarrassed to talk about the way I felt with my wife, and unfortunately, I isolated myself in ways that weren’t healthy for myself or for my marriage.
But enough of the sob story. I’ve never been one to sit back and let life happen to me. After a year or two of feeling this way, it dawned on me that I was too young to be feeling this old! That was when I decided to get help and find out what was driving this funk. I remember seeing a commercial on TV about hormone replacement therapy and the effects of low testosterone. I looked at the screen, and I realized that I had almost every symptom that characterized low testosterone in men. Decreased libido, check. Increased body fat and decreased muscle mass, check. Fatigue and loss of energy, check. Decreased physical activity and feelings of depression, check and check.
I was both shocked and excited that there could be a solution to help me feel better. I immediately scheduled an appointment and had my blood analyzed by a board certified hormone replacement specialist. One week later the results came back from my blood test, and lo and behold, I had low T. Not only that, my thyroid was underperforming, and I had decreased levels of Vitamin D and DHEA (and my cholesterol wasn’t looking too hot either.)
That’s when I started hormone replacement therapy. I came to the clinic on a weekly basis at first to get testosterone injections. I also began to take a medication to address my lackluster thyroid, and I took a couple of supplements to help with my other imbalances. Long story short, within two weeks of this treatment, my body finally felt alive again! My workouts were amazing, and I lost 10 pounds within the first month. My muscle tone returned, and I saw immediate gains from my workouts. I’ve loved playing soccer and basketball since I was a little kid, and all of a sudden those energetic twenty-year-olds had to start hustling to keep up with me! I can’t describe how great it felt to be back on top of my game, and on top of life. And not to get too personal, but my desire to have sex came back too. I started to reconnect with my wife on a physical level, and that eventually led to some much-needed repair to reconnect on a few other levels
At the end of the day, my decision to seek treatment and admit that I needed help was the best decision I had made in a long time. So if you’re like me and you struggle with any of the things that I mentioned earlier, get yourself checked out by a specialist. You are too young to be feeling old, and it’s not too late to put Father Time in his place!
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