I started TRT about 5 months ago after getting bloodwork done (40yrs old). Had been mentioning a variety of symptoms to my primary care for years and each year I would get blown off and told "This is normal, getting older and stresses due to work/family life). Ended up going elsewhere, this is where my levels were at the time:
Testosterone: Serum: 294
Free Testosterone: 7.1
T3 Free: 3.3
Doctor put me on the following protocol for the first 10 weeks:
200mg Test Cyp per week
200mg Deca per week (to manage bad joint pain in knees)
500IU HCG twice per week
1mg Anastrozole twice per week
Everything went well, feel better than I could ever remember feeling in over a decade.
For the next 10 weeks, the only change was the removal of Deca (knees felt amazing). I ended up running into a few issues:
I started experiencing joint pain in my shoulders/elbows, something I had never had issues with before, to the point where I was missing workouts. In addition, I started battling lethargy, to the point where I was having trouble staying awake at points during the day. From reading around, it sounds like there could be two causes. My body is metabolizing the test rather quick. Also, my E may be crashing. I spoke with the Doctor, just waiting to get the script so I can get bloodwork done. His thoughts were it is possible that 1mg Anast 2x a week was fine when Deca was included, but once removed my E shot down.
Do the symptoms I mention sound like crashing E (obviously without bloodwork to confirm yet)?
I am thinking about just dropping the Anastrozole to 1x a week for now to see if that helps.
Also, I will move to 100mg Test Cyp 2x a week. My question on this, right now I am doing IM injections into my quads every week. Would it be just as effective if I changed over to SubQ injections (especially if I am going to be injecting 2x a week, I would prefer to get away from IM if possible)