I have some quick questions. I’m not sure how important my labs are, but back in Jan. 2020 these are the latest:
Hematocrit - 55.2% (37.5-55 is range)
Hemoglobin 18.6 g/dL (13-17.7 is range)
Estradiol 101.7 pg/mL (7.6-42.6 is range)
Free Testosteron 31.7 pg/mL (8.7-25.1 is range)
Testosterone 1096 ng/dL (264-916 is range)
Initially when I started T treatment, I was doing 200mg/mL 1mL once a week. I hit peaks and lows - the lows hit hard. I started to lose a little weight, gain strength, but no muscle mass. I talked to my doctor and we switched to 0.5 mL twice a week. This seemed to work okay, the lows were gone and the new lab results (see above) were in. I noticed my Estradiol was high. My doctor advised if I started noticing emotional changes, gyno, etc. to contact him and we could start on an AI. He’s always given me the option to do hCG, but I don’t plan on having kids and the balls are kind of cosmetic right?
So I kind of stopped losing weight, had a hard time hitting the gym with the pandemic, and things kind of leveled out. When I started T treatment I had gained 30 lbs in 6 months. I was at 210. When I was doing my exercises etc. I was down to 192.3lbs and now the pandemic I’ve bloated back to 201 lbs.
So this past weekend, I noticed that for the past few months I’ve been an emotional wreck. Little things causing me to just break down overall, so I contacted my doctor. He dropped my T treatment to 0.3 mL twice a week and started me on an AI 0.5mg twice a week. The AI is Anastrozole.
Here are my questions:
Is it completely my fault for the weight gain? I mean I haven’t been eating the healthiest, but I have been eating better, but gaining weight instead of losing it like I was before.
When should I be taking the AI, before my T shot, same day as T shot, or day after?
Does the high Estradiol help explain some of the additional fat I’ve gained? I feel like some of my pants fit better, but my stomach feels like its still getting larger.
I noticed this lower dose of T is helping with my engagement in doing things instead of feeling tired and down all the time. I took the AI at the same time as my injection yesterday, and I feel better. Will my protocol be potentially changing again or is this something that may be more static? I’ve changed protocols 3 times in 7 months.
Is there anything I should watch for with the AI or lower dosage?
Can estradiol really cause all these issues - weight gain, being tired, trouble sleeping, wildly emotional lows, etc.?