Here is the scenario. It is not uncommon but it is not the norm…
You have been injecting testosterone for several weeks or more under the supervision of your new TRT doctor…
You are still not sleeping well. You are still experiencing daily loss of energy and you are not having the positive experience that everyone else is raving about. All of your blood work pre-treatement came back all in the normal ranges except for low t and you are becoming discouraged. Your diet is healthy and you are training harder than ever.
What might be the problem? In many cases it is adrenal stress. Without going into it to deep the adrenal gland is a key part of our stress response system. Whether physical, emotional or phycological we all experience stress and the adrenal gland releases hormones that help us survive these stresses. When we experience too much stress the adrenal gland gets fatigued and begins to struggle to perform the functions that it is intended to under normal conditions. Think about how much stress your body has been in trying to compensate for the low testosterone condition that you have had for a long period of time.
The symptoms of adrenal stress are similar to hypothyroidism. The thyroid and adrenal glands are closely interactive and connected.
- Trouble getting out of bed
- Chronic fatigue
- Daily tiredness
- Lack of motivation
- Difficulty focusing or staying on task.
- Weight gain - belly fat
Luckily there are OTC supplements that work very well helping the adrenal gland to get back to functioning normal. My personal choice can be found on Amazon and it is called Adrenal Support - Cortisol Manager by 1 Body. I also incorporate RLC Labs I-Throid daily for a synergistic approach to adrenal recovery.
If you can relate to what I have shared I recommend reading up on adrenal stress/fatigue and the interaction of cortisol. Cortisol is a necessary hormone but too much of it has a seriously negative impact on what we are attempting to accomplish through TRT.