been on a body recomp. mission for 5 years after being obese/pre-diabetic at 5’6, 200lbs.
started a training and nutrition program eventually turning to the dark side.
cruising on testo enanthate for about 5 years. 250mg/ml. 1cc per week, sub-q.
not taking any other meds or ancillaries, test only!
feel fine, look amazing and down to a solid 130lbs. 49 years old guessing 8-10% bodyfat.
finally got health coverage with bloodwork done. doctor called me yesterday freaked out. test levels WAY TO HIGH with above average thyroid and cholesterol. she wants to me stop for a few weeks then start again with 1/2cc per week to see if things level out.
my questions are:
is this normal for us that are pinning behind the scenes?
thought i was on the low end, reading about guys taking way more than 250mg per week?
is my doctor just being a doctor for a lack of better terms? legally?
she told me that these levels could lead to blood clotting, stroke, heart attack, ect later down the road.
below are my levels.
thank you for any and all feedback. happy new year!
Thyroid (TSH) 0.36 mcIU/mL
normal range 0.55 - 4.78 mcIU/mL
T4, FREE 1.1 ng/dL
normal range 0.9 - 1.8 ng/dL
TESTOSTERONE, TOTAL 4589 ng/dL
normal range 250 - 1100 ng/dL
Not on TRT personally, but have been fairly well informed by more than a few threads in this forum.
250mg/wk is likely well above a medically justifiable TRT dosage, and you are certainly not on the low end of the spectrum. Given your weight and blood results, this should be considered a mild ‘cycle’ that you are consistently taking.
Yes, there are people taking more than 250mg per week, but most are not even at that amount. There are others who take far more than 250mg/wk and they are most certainly cycling.
Your Total T levels are amazingly high at 250mg/week. How long after your last pinning was the blood taken? As in, were you at your peak or trough when your blood was sampled?
It should be based on blood levels, not on the dose IMO. 250 mg/wk can be legit TRT. I know of people pinning twice a week with this dose or higher that are within range for both TT and FT when pulling bloods at trough. IMO it is TRT.
You are correct for most people though. Most will be outside of ranges significantly at that dose and it’s not TRT. I just would advice against such a blanket statement in regards to what is and isn’t TRT.
For OP, your TT and FT are almost what my levels are on 875 mg/wk blast. It is too high to run sustainably IMO. I think half your dose might be too much for you. You may be someone who is over range on 80-100 mg/wk. I would start at the recommended amount of half and see.
What is your injection frequency, and when did you pull bloods?
Your levels are insanely high and your doctor is right to be worried. If you’re living with that level of TT for a long time you’re almost guaranteeing an early grave. Supraphysiological levels are great for building muscle and they’re useful in planned out, short bursts each year. They are not optimal for long term health. Your “trt” dose is way too damn high. It’s not even debatable. 200mg/w is pushing the envelope for pretty much any doctor in the US. You’ve been on a low permablast this whole time.
Because your response rate is ludicrously good you should be using no more than 100mg/w. You should also be getting regular blood work in order to make sure your dose is still putting you in the right place. That you hadn’t done blood work for three years is unbelievably irresponsible and reckless. A man your age should behave differently than a know-nothing 22 yr old bro on Reddit. You owe it to yourself to be better, dude. Sorry for the lecture, but someone needs to tell you to act like a damn adult.
I’m curious. Why did you have your GP pull blood for testosterone? I mean thats not a normal wellness check up panel. Usually a wellness panel is simple a CBC/CMP in my experience unless other symptoms deem further bloodwork necessary. Plus you had to know it was going to be high. IMO, if you’re self medicating or blasting with T, you pull your own labs outside of the GP.
I agree, testosterone is never tested unless there are specific questions the doctor is looking to answer. It’s an expensive test, not one insurance companies normally like to see included on their bill. Secondly, your TT at 250mg seems absurd. Were you recently blasting?
The fact that you told your doctor is pertinent info, I’m not sure if you included it and I missed it maybe. That makes sense. When she told you to decrease your dose did that accompany a script to keep it legal, that would have been a great outcome? The good news about being honest about your use is that you got it checked, the bad news is that it is now part of your medical record.
She suggested I dial back, however, I told her that I had to stop cold turkey for 3 months over the summer when I was stuck in Cambodia with no side effects so she said go cold turkey until I hear from her in about 10 days.