I'm a 44 year old male, - been a member of this website several years now, - but only posted once before.
Anyway, - I really, really need some advise, since I'm dealing with some issues that are over my head, and I'm feeling completely lost in this pharmaceuitical-endocrino - jungle!
I've trained my whole life. Primarily martial arts, but also running and lifting weights. The last 10 years my training has consisted of a lot kettlebells, bodyweight and crossfit type training as well.
I dont drink or smoke( only some cannabis, now and then ) and have always had a pretty clean and healthy diet, no soda pops and junkfood. I've never done any steroids, but have always used supplements when necessary - herbs, vitamins etc.
In the last ten years I have suffered from joint issues, that have gotten progressively worse, year by year.
This has been accompanied by extreme fatique, which is also getting worse and worse.
It's so bad that I dont feel like getting out of bed some days. Some days I litteraly feel as if I'm 180 years old, with lead running through my veins!
I have bad mood swings, brain fog, and just a achy, heavy body.
Naturally my training, and my life in general is suffering badly.
I live in Scandinavia, and I have seen tons of doctors here, they have done countless bloodtests, etc. - and nothing has come up.
Except very recently - my doc found that I had borderline low thyroid levels, which he thought could explain some of my symptoms.
So he wanted to start me on T4 only, which I declined, having heard all the horror stories. And since the endo's in my country are a complete joke, - I instead opted to go to one of the leading endocrinologists in Europe.
They did some blood and urinanalisys and quickly came to the conclusion, that my adrenals weren't working properly and my thyroid was low.
So.... they threw everything, but the kitchensink, at me!
This is the protocol they want me to follow:
15 mg (quater of a grain) for 10 days
Then 30 mg for 10 days
Then 45 mg for 10 days
Then 60 mg for 10 days
Then 75 mg for ten days
20 mg followed by 10 mg at lunch
35 mg a day
100 mg a day
Testosterone Liposomal gel 10%:
1 1/2 gram a day on neck and shoulders
2 X 0.25 mg tabs a week
100.000 iu a day
5.000 iu a day
Well, I'm no expert on any of this, but I've always been wary of medications, and tried to stay as far away from it as possible. So for me, this protocol seems excessive?
So far I've tried the Erfa - up to 30 mg, which made me feel a little drunk and dizzy. So I've stopped it again.
Hydrocortisone scares the shit out of me, so I haven't started that yet.
The preg I tried - gave me a terrible headache, that lasted for two days.
DHEA seems to work a little better, done it on and off now - to try to get a feel for it.
Testosterone - haven't done it yet.
I'm posting my labwork - and I will be grateful if anyone has any helpful input as I am tatally lost!
- especially input from KSman is welcomed!!!