Hi, Im clueless to test levels and what TRT, HCG, and the other things I am reading about on this forum. However I really would like to learn since I have a doctor who is interested in helping me and actually requested the test-not me.
Background on me, 33, training age 21 years, olympic lifting, powerlifting, played football through college, and after was a Division One S&C coach for years as well as a SWAT officer.
3 years ago I had a “simple” injury, that a “simple” surgery was supposed to fix…and 3 years later and more surgeries to correct the botched first one, along with internal infections, run down immune system, stress issues, sleep issues, GI issues, and doctors unable to determine how to resolve my situation keeping me off any workouts until someone would make a confident call.
Well, in some ways I am going to have to learn to live with an altered lifestyle, probably will have to medically retire from police work, and will not be squatting 600 or cleaning 350 anyone soon if ever again…BUT I do need to get back in shape and am allowed to start light lifting and cardio.
Prior to this almost 3 year layoff, I was 5’10, 245, usually between 10-14% BF naturally. I just did the BodPod at a exercise phys lab and Im a freaking 25% BF at 230. So in 3 years Ive dropped 15 pounds and doubled my BF %.
Even though I am sleeping more now as the doctors harped on, back on a better eating schedule, basic supplements, and light workout start up routine, I am sluggish as hell. I am sore and stay sore…
I do not have the sex drive or the hyper drive overall for life Ive always had, one of my doctors literally diagnosed me as an “epinephrine addict”…but now at 230lbs and 25% BF I am a POS.
8am blood draw after fasting:
Low vitamin D
Low vitamin B12
I have 3 pages of results of things I do not know which are important for you to know to help me, but Ill type up the testosterone result section and other items below it I dont know if they are related.
Testosterone Total 360
Testosterone Free % 2.58
Testosterone Free 92.9
T4 Free 1.32
I contacted the NCAA and am trying to get the results of my lab tests from them when I was playing college ball 10 years ago. I got tested every freaking year, sometimes twice a year.
Although tests are “random” I know my sports med staff was always asking me if I was juicing and I wasnt, but I always was on the list to be tested. Id like to see where I was at 18-22.
And despite knowing it drops off after that, I contined training alongside hockey and football players doing their weightroom, track, and dryland training. Up until this injury I could still rep out 350 cleans, 500 squats, etc type heavy lifting, do hard interval training, and still work as a coach on top of a full time police job where I did plenty of physical training and testing for SWAT.
I never was tired, lethargic, or fat as I am now, even if I wasnt eating properly or getting enough rest due to the job. I still would recover and be able to sustain great workouts and post substantial numbers in the rack.
I highly doubt I was 360 3 years ago when this happened. I can expect being on my ass and being in and out of medical treatments for issues took its toll on my body, but I want to know how the hell to get my T levels back up, and I may have a doctor willing to help since he wanted to talk about it.
As I start progressing back into my workouts will my T levels naturally start kicking in gear again and I should just be patient. Or if given the option, do some supplemental test injections, HCG, Clomid, AI?
What questions should I be asking the doctor, and if those of you on here that seem to know what you are talking about and have experience, what would be the optimal fantasy protocol for me to get my doctor to prescribe?
Besides B12 injections, has anyone done Vitamin C injections, gluithione, or other non traditional vitamin injections?
I just want to get back in the game the best I can…and will be in it for the long haul…so dont want to do something now that shuts my nuts off for good, if there is a chance they will come back once I start training a little harder over time as I recover from my health issues.
However the temptation is there to get a little help if doing some test would get me through a short jump start period. Or would asking him for HCG and Clomid be worth a shot first?
Im all ears…and very appreciative as this is such foreign territory to me…