I think this approach is fine. I must say having been doing this for years, treating hundreds and thousands of men I have been underwhelmed with the results with topicals. Injections can cause peaks and valley and I have many younger men inject twice a week that smooths out the peaks and valleys. I think it is appropriate to follow the advice of your primary doctor and endocrinologist. I have just seen too many men spend months or years with gels with sub optimal results. Many men are diagnosed with depression and are not really depressed (I have no idea if this applies to you), but the presumed depression is base dupon low T.
My recommendation would be to pursue this but if a few months pass and results are modest consider another approach. Pellets are one approach to have smooth levels of T and are placed every 4 months.
At , your free T is right around where mine was initially and I too, felt like shit. For me, bringing that number up to the top of the range solved many of those symptoms. I’m wondering if your high SHBG could have something to do with the medications you’re on/have taken in the past. I know certain medications for depression can wreak havoc on your hormones. Check out this guy’s videos for a first hand account of serious depression and medications. You might need to see an endocrinologist to get a better understanding of what’s going on and to figure out the root of the problem. And no, I haven’t ever heard of anyone with SHBG that high. Sorry I couldn’t be of more help, but our situations seem to be quite different. Best of luck!