I apologize for the narcissistic user name but it seemed funny at the time.
I'vr been reading a few of the forums since I was diagnosed with Low T three months ago and wanted to get some feedback/advice and to contribute. Below is my case information.
51 years old
I grew hair pretty well, have a mildly receding hairline that is age appropriate. A few years ago, my hair growth slowed, but I didn't notice it at the time.
I carry fat near my belly, in my ass and hips.
My overall health is very good. I have no concerns with the exception of my low T symptoms, depression, inability to lose weight, lethargic, loss of libido. I've had a few pre-diabetic fasting sugar tests but am usually between 95-105.
My PSA went from .47 to 1.27 in sex weeks after starting TRT - still low but the velocity is of concern. I am going to be tested again in three days.
I am on no meds, except for TRT, but I am currently taking protein, creatine, grape seed extract, Fish oil, and a multivitamin.
Pre TRT my TT was 170, Free was 5 and am not sure what my Estradiol was.
Six weeks in, on 110 mg of Test Cyp weekly, TT was 515, free was 14, Estradiol was 17.
My diet is relatively clean for a normal person, chicken, brown rice, whole wheat pastas and breads in small quantities. I drink beer, eat fatty red meat on occasion, and have a sweet tooth, but nothing crazy. I am probably calorically deficit, around 2000 daily, but had trouble losing weight in the past.
I lift about twice a week, nothing crazy - whole body for about an hour. I do some occasional HIIT, practice karate sporadically, and take long walks (6 miles) about three times per week.
My balls feel fine, but have shrunk a bit.
Since starting TRT I have experienced improved morning wood, had a slight bit of a bump in libido, and an improved mood.
Last week, with test results, my provider agreed to bump my weekly dose to 130 mg of Test Cyp - I've had no side effects, with the exception of the slight shrinkage mentioned above.
I've also gained about six pounds of muscle, mostly between weeks four and six. I use a Tanita scale and realize this isn't that accurate. On the Tanita I'm at 20 percent. With calipers I am at 18 percent for a single sight measurement (belly), and 15 percent with the three sight measurement (belly, pec, quad).
My main concern is whether or not I should be on Hcg and an AI. I'm not worried about the shrinkage, but understand the organ failure aspect of it. However, I'm thinking the dose is low enough that I don't need to worry about it yet, if at all. Also, with respect to the AI, I have no issues currently - no backne, no moobs, etcetera. When should I be concerned.
I'm also interested on anyone's ideas regarding the PSA.
One other issue I have is that my clinic does not allow self injection. I'm in New York and am not sure if self injection is allowed. Before getting on the phone to pharmacies, I was wondering if any one lives in New York and self injects. I have had some crash experiences before my next shot and would like the option of going to twice a week injections without the hassle of traveling to the clinic.
Appreciate any advice/help I can get. Am more than willing to share any experiences.