For those of you that might be in a similar situation and wondering what to expect after beginning TRT:
I am male age 59, ectomorph, unable to gain muscle with decades of weight training. Have all other symptoms of low-T except ED. Taking Finasteride 5mg/day for BPH.
Protocol: 100 ml Test-E IM every 3.5d, 1500 IU HcG SQ 1x/wk, 1mg Arimidex on day of T injections
Weights 5-3-1 3x/wk, HIIT sprints 1x/wk, frequent 30-45 min walks
Body weight before/after: 149/151lbs
Body fat before/after: 18%/19% (increased appetite)
Slight increases in strength and energy noted, lethargy/brain fog still a problem. Getting less sleep now due to energy boost in early AM. Slight acne and itching rashes on back and shoulders. Facial skin more flushed and oily. Love handles shrinking.
LH before: 8.2 (1.7-8.6 mIU/mL)
FSH before: 7.0 (1.5-12.4 mIU/mL)
SHBG before: 33.2 (19.3-76.4 nmol/L)
Total T before/after: 359/1129 HIGH (264-916 ng/dL)
Free T before/after: 6.3/40.2 HIGH (5-21 ng/dL)
E2 sens. before/after: 14.4/18.9 (8-35 pg/mL)
PSA before/after: 1.2/1.9 (0-4 ng/mL)
Hematocrit before/after: 44.5/50.4 (37.5-51.0%)
Total Chol. before/after: 155/154 (100-199 mg/dL)
Triglyc. before/after: 62/59 (0-149 md/dL)
HDL before/after: 60/47 (>39 mg/dL)
LDL before/after: 83/95 (0-99 md/dL)
TSH before/after: 1.15/1.35 (0.45-4.50 uIU/mL)
AST before/after: 15/18 (0-40 IU/L)
ALT before/after: 19/17 ( 0-44 IU/L)
IGF-1 before/after: 236 HIGH/314 HIGH (54-194 ng/mL)
My T dose and level is probably a bit high and E2 is controlled by the AI. Not sure if I have anything to gain by making changes. The super-high IGF-1 is a head-scratcher. Finasteride may be negatively affecting DHT levels, maybe I need to check for that.