Long story short...for the last year at least I was feeling really off. My endurance was extremely low, intensity during workouts was almost always low, had bad anxiety, and low libido. Regular labs all looked fine except a slightly elevated A1C. Finally asked to pull testosterone and found out I was very low. Fertility is a concern right now, so I'm trying to make an HCG Mono protocol work, but I'm really having a tough time dialing it in.
Here are my initial labs:
PSA - .26
Free T4 - 1.0
Cortisol - 14.4
Iron - 104
Test Total - 180
Test Free - 44.5
Test BIO - 89.5
SHBG - 12
Albumin - 4.4
LH - 1.3
FSH - 1.7
PSA - .26
TSH - 1.77
Started at 400iu EOD. The first two weeks were really great - libido in particular was better than I can ever remember it. But then near the end of the second week, things started to decline.
Got labs at the end of the third week:
Testosterone Total - 545, Range 241 - 827 ng/dL
Estradiol - 51, range is 21-41
By the fourth week, I continued to feel worse and worse so around the 5th week, next set of labs:
Testosterone Total - 385, Range 241 - 827 ng/dL
Estradiol - 52, range is 21-41
So from here my endo asked me to up my dose to 1000iu EOD and added in 1mg of arimidex daily. Knowing from the forums that 1mg is way to high, I've been doing .25mg EOD and taking it on injection days. I've been on this increased dose hcg and AI for about 7 days now.
Bottom line, I feel pretty horrid. I can't sleep, and most of my initial symptoms before starting hcg mono are back.
Any thoughts on my labs and protocol suggestions? And here I thought this was going to be easy!