New guy here. I’ve been on TRT since September, and I’ve been experiencing some edema/swelling for awhile now. My wedding ring is tight, my eyesight seems to have gone down a little, and my blood pressure is on the high side for the first time in my life. My E2 is towards the top of the range, so my endo suggested an AI. After reading some on here, I’d like to skip the AI if possible. The edema is the only high E symptom I have, everything else is all good. Are there other options? Do I just need a diuretic?
Here’s my info and some history.
Age 46, 164 lbs, 13% body fat, ex-triathlete, and I’ve always lifted some, but have been lifting 5 days a week for the past 3 years.
Started seeing an endo in 2016 when my energy tanked. Found out my thyroid had crashed (TSH was 50). I’m on 150 mcg of Synthroid now, and my thyroid levels are great.
Started TRT in September to bring up my T, which my endo thinks crashed along with my thyroid.
Initial protocol: 100mg test cypionate once a week. Felt a dip on days 5 & 6, so switched to 50mg twice a week. E2 was reading just above range, so now I’m injecting 40mg twice a week.
Pre-TRT labs 9/5/19:
Total T: 557 NG/DL - Range = 300-890
Free T: 88 PG/ML - Range = 47-244
SHBG: 52 NMOL/L - Range = 16.5-55.9
Estrodial: <17 PG/ML - Range = <=60.7
100mg Once a week 11/27/19:
Total T: 1251 NG/DL - Range = 300-890
Free T: 283.7 PG/ML - Range = 47-244
SHBG: 41 NMOL/L - Range = 16.5-55.9
Estrodial: 64 PG/ML - Range = <=60.7
50mg Twice a week 1/22/20:
Total T: 1187 NG/DL - Range = 300-890
Free T: 277.8 PG/ML - Range = 47-244
SHBG: 38 NMOL/L - Range = 16.5-55.9
Estrodial: 51 PG/ML - Range = <=60.7
Getting blood work checked the week after next to get the levels for my current protocol. I definitely felt better on 50mg twice a week, but my endo wanted my to dial it down a little.
I know it’s a long post, but wanted to give the big picture. Again, the only issue I’m having is some swelling/eyesight/BP. Everything else is great.