I wanted to ask for some advice from people who have experience with TRT. I started getting prescribed testosterone cypionate last month for low T. My low T is probably from using opiate pain meds as I am only 35.
In the last few years, I started gaining weight rapidly (without eating enough to explain it). My energy was low and my body hair thinned out. I gained 60lb in six months. This prompted me to get some blood tests which showed low free testosterone and high epinepherine.
I was referred to see an endocrinologist but I have been having a difficult time finding one who is knowledgable about TRT (or anything else).
I tried androgel for 3 months and found it expensive and ineffective (for me), so I kept switching doctors until I found one who would prescribe Testosterone Cypionate for injections. I told him that I wanted to inject weekly based on what I have read online (he wanted to try monthly...). I also got him to agree to prescribe anastrozole (though he never tested for estrogen).
I got prescribed one 200mg vile per week and 1mg of anastrozole per day. Does this sound like the right place to start?
I noticed that I had a little more energy for 3-4 days after the injection. A month and a half later, my muscles are a lot bigger but I am retaining water and not losing that much fat. I have started taking an otc water tablet every day but i have no idea if I should. In the last few weeks, I have started feeling tired and aggressive.
My back hurts again and my nipples were sore for a few days (but not puffy). In general, I feel better after my T injection for 3-4 days but then I crash. I get morning wood again but my sex drive is sporadic.
From what I have read, other people take .5mg of anastrozole every other day. Has my doctor prescribed too much?
For Testosterone Cypionate, is it possible that I just metabolize it quicker than other people? I thought it was meant to last 10 days but I only feel ok for 3-4. On day 5, I feel like I'm missing something. Is 200mg per week too much (considering that I want to get in shape as well as manage low T)? I have read that body builders use way more than 200mg/week. They must have a nicer doctor than mine...
What is the maximum dose that doctors can prescribe of cyp? My doctor gives me an injection in his office once per month and gives me a prescription, so I get 400mg in the first week (and 200mg for the other 3 weeks of the month). He only gives me the injection in his office because he bills my insurance $20,000 for each one. I don't argue because I am desperate to get back in shape. I don't know of it is bad to double the dose for 1 week of the month only.
It is nice to have larger muscles again but I am desperate to start losing weight. Do body builders use any meds for fat loss or just to build size and strength? I literally couldn't eat any less at the moment and I am in the gym 5 days per week. I have never been stuck like this before. I need to lose 60-80lb. I had a 32" waist until 2-3 years ago. Now 38" jeans are tight. I have always been ok with diet an exercise until now...
I have had gynecomastia since I was a kid. I lost 200lb when I was 15 but I was obese before that. My gyne wasn't noticable as long as I kept my body fat low. I can't even tell if what I have now is fat or breast tissue until I lose weight.
Btw, I still take opiate pains meds to manage my back pain and I take adderal for ADD.
Any advice on what I should do with my meds, exercise or eating plan would be appreciated. I am currently on a low carb diet (because of a family history of diabetes) and I do a mix of weights and cardio at the gym. I gained weight on a low carb plan just like I did before it. I seem to have stopped gaining now though.