I have read through many of the threads on this forum so hopefully I don't come off as too much of a newb and at least follow the guidelines. A little about myself...
Facial & Body Hair: Hairy
Fat: Stomach, Chest, Face
Health Conditions: None
Meds: Was on chronic pain mess (opioids) for past 4 years. No more thankfully for past month.
Diet: Healthy now and not bad for past year.
Training: Light weights & short cardio (working at both)
TESTOSTERONE: 199 ng/dL (range 348-1197)
ESTROGEN: 122 pg/mL (range 40-115)
So I've always had a problem putting on muscle, loosing weight, low energy and depression. Have had a gut and puffy nipples/fat chest since I was a teen. They aren't all out "man boobs" but enough to bother me. I wish I had my levels checked out years ago but such is life. My erections aren't bad but not like they were when I was like 18. For the past 4 years I was on opioid mess which I hear can definitely add to some of these problems. Thankfully with the assistance of Ibogaine I was able to stop these meds as it was getting out of hand. I went to my GP last week to request blood work as I spoke to a friend of mine in his low 30s who has similar issues and said TRT changed his life. I went to a urologist a physician friend recommended a few days ago who requested I get my blood work done again as my GP did it in the evening after I ate the entire day and he wanted results with me fasting. I think his concern about this was more about my Trigylcerides which came to 243 mg/dL (range 0-149). My other cholesterol levels were in range but on the higher side, I got the blood work done again and will be seeing him on Tuesday.
I will update this thread with my new results, but just wanted to get everyone's advice regarding my plans. I am hoping to start with some type of T cream and if the doctor prescribes me Arimidex I will go ahead with that. If he chooses not to prescribe me Arimidex I plan on ordering it as it seems like a terrible idea to use the cream alone. Was planning on taking 1/4 mg a day - does that sound about right for my levels? I have also been reading about HCG as I definitely don't want to jeopardize my fertility. Is this something someone my age should add? Seems to be a yes from my research but would really appreciate some personal advice. I have read about HCG drops as an alternative to injecting. I know I should get over my needle phobia but hopefully someone can advise if this would be okay to start. I am hoping to start this way and then if need be go to injectables for both the T and HCG. With my T levels that low I don't know how effective the cream would be but can't hurt to give it a shot. What type of dosage would you guys recommend for the various creams? I'm sure this doc will start me low but if I feel he isn't providing good treatment I will look elsewhere.
I would just love to get my body into better shape, shred some fat, have more energy and feel just more manly! It's about time. Thanks in advance to anyone who can help guide me with getting things rolling. It seems like a solid community here!