Here is my story over the last 2 years, hopefully is legible enough. Lots of info but I like to be detailed and would like some input on my injections Protocol.
2012 Was feeling weak and not motivated, always tired, lost all confidence. Have a mildly herniated disc L5 which caused sciatic nerve irritation so I didn't exercise and that pain dragged me down. Chronic headaches in the rear of the head, performed MRI and everything is fine.
AGE 32, height 6'2, weight 230lbs bit overweight.
First Dr ran some blood tests and suggested I start with antidepressants.
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Started using antidepressants for 2 weeks and decided to dig deeper into the issue.
Talked to another Family Dr in the same facility and he suggested we run some Testosterone test (first time I heard of it).
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Started Testosterone Injections on 4/2/13 with 200mg/week (by mistake it was supposed to be 100mg/week) Doctor prescribed 100mg/1mL but the Pharmacy provided 200mg/1mL, was using double dosage. Ran blood test 6/3/2014.
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Started injecting correctly 50mg/2x per week on 6/3/2013, felt awesome, great libido and ton of energy.
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Was walking and jogging and lost 20lbs around August 2013. Decided to start going to the gym and gained 30lbs of muscle (weight 235lbs) by November 2013.
Talked to Doc about stop injecting Testosterone, tapered of slowly over a month and quit injections on 10/17/2013. Noticed a urine flow restriction and groin pain. Found this site and started educating myself.
Started losing energy and feeling weak around February 2014.
Testicles did return to normal size since I stopped injecting T and groin pain went away, urine flow was restored as well.
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9.Started injections again 2/20/2014 (Still had a full bottle of Testosterone left over, my family Doc didn't feel comfortable to further treat me and was honest about it so I got referred to an Endo.
Saw Endo 4/12/2014, he ran blood tests, highly suggested to get of injections and switch to Gel. Provided me 2 sample bottles. When I asked about hCG he thought I was talking about HGH and just blew me off. I asked about testicle shrinkage, groin pain and acne on the back, his response was: All of that will get better as soon you switch to Gel Testosterone. Told him to F@#% off and started searching for a new doctor.
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Started a new job on 3/3/2014, insurance changed and they required 2 Labs with Testosterone to be under 250 before they would cover the cost. New job is a office job, sitting down all day and have less time for gym. Lost some of my muscle and still weight around 230-235lbs.
5/1/2014 - Found a Specialist on HRT and seems to be very knowledgeable and took his time and actually listened during my first visit. This Doc didn't like the idea of using hCG or Anastrozole, his words: hCG feeds cells and stimulates hormones good and bad ones, it has been linked to cancer. Anastrozole there is just not enough research done on it and he suggested using DIM only. Started 5000IU Vitamin D daily. We agreed to stop injections to get my labs for the insurance and then start treatment. Quit injections for 3 weeks and got the labs done. I would follow his protocol of 50mg 2x week testosterone injections Intramuscular and DIM 2x daily, he also said that injecting Intramuscular give better absorption and less Estrogen conversion.
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7/19/2014 After following his protocol for 3 month with no improvement, unrine flow restriction and groin pain returned. I decided to start with KSMan protocol. Started 7/21/2014 Testosterone 50mg 2x week Monday morning and Thursday night, 250IU hCG M,W,F and liquid Anastrozole 13 drops M,W,F. Measured 40 drop equal 1mL/1mg.
Got my hCG and Anstrozole supply online.
Started feeling better in August but still not like I was before, got foggy brain, feel tired. Decided to check my Estradiol levels though LEF/Labcorp on 8/28/2014 and results can be seen in the attachment, wonder if that was the reason for the way I felt.
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15.8/29/14 Stopped Anastrozole and continued using DIM, second week already started feeling a little better. Less headaches(headaches in the rear of the head), foggy brain.
Since on hCG the Testicle size has return and urine flow restored, no groin pain either. Feel ok and decent libido.
9/17/14 Decided to get some labs done now that I've been consistent on dosage for a few months. Went through my Family Doc since they have Lab's in house and it costs less (I hope) this new Insurance sucks. Weight 230-235lbs, trying to visit the gym more often.
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Other thing to mention:
Haven't been sleeping very well, I'm a back sleeper and snore at night. I wake up 2-3x per night thirsty and have to drink some water. No sleep apnea according to my wife.
I started using KELP extract 9/17/2014 although body temp was fine. Lowest was 96.8 in the morning. Since started using KELP I've been sleeping poor, 4-6hrs whereas usually I sleep 8-9hrs. Don't feel tired but I get headaches if under stress at work, headaches are back of the head and usually 600mg of ibuprofen helps get rid of them.
Today is 9/26/2014 and still not sleeping well, same as above. Plan on using it for a few more weeks and monitor changes.
Still using Vitamin D 5000IU daily since 5/1/2014.
Taking DIM 2 pills a day.
Taking Celery seed extract pills since 9/10/2014 to help lower blood pressure, my BP is around 138/89 not super high. Measured it 9/23/2014 and it was 121/89, might be helping.
Currently due to weather using 10mg Cetirizine for allergies, mainly allergic to dust/pollen/grass. Start sneezing, watery eyes and runny nose.
I would like to modify my Anastrozole dose so that it keeps me around 22-28 although DIM seems to be working. I stopped Anastrozole 8/29/14 and 20 days later my Estradiol is 26.9pg/mL. Was using 40 drops for 40 days and got me down to 12pg/mL. Not sure how long I need to be off for correct readings?
Also currently feeling like got some confidence back, libido is ok, erections are no problem. Headaches and sleep is what's still present although headaches are lot less frequent then when not injecting.
100mg of Testosterone with hCG gets me to 507ng/dL, should I increase this dosage....I'm not feeling good yet although I'm a lot better than when I was using Anastrozole. I felt the best during these dates June 2013 - December 2013, it seems like I need to be in the high 800 Testosterone range. During that time I had no headaches and slept like a baby.