I have done multiple test only cycles (500mg per week 12 weeks long). When my estrogen gets high(confirmed by bloodwork) I break out fairly bad on my shoulders, and my anxiety increases quite a bit. As soon as I take exemstane or arimadex within a week those symptoms start to disappear. With all the talk about not taking A.I’d around here, I’m wondering is there an alternative?
I would prefer to not have to take an AI if possible.
I think the ‘no AI’ position is medically correct, but if it is used in small doses, during a blast, in order to combat the anxiety (which is a genuinely awful side effect and can hurt you outside of the gym) then it’s probably fine. I think the overall point Physio was making was that the immediate reliance on an AI, absent any symptoms, is irresponsible. But for you it might be a necessary evil in order to keep you from other more serious issues. But that’s just my read. I don’t want to put words in his mouth.
Not sure why you’re not concerned with addressing your anxiety; to me that seems like the more critical of the two side effects you mentioned but I guess you’re free to do as you wish. I experience mild anxiety at times if I’m in large crowds and I would definitely seek help if I felt like that all the time.
It is my understanding tamoxafin will help you not get manboobs and nothing else. Your E2 will still be overrange. If you know Anastrozole works to help you get your anxiety under control by all means take it. This current fad to not use an AI no matter what is going to jack some guys up. Lets hope they have the ball to report it so we can get back to normal and use the drugs we are given to control super high E2.
I have to do even more to keep my anxiety at bay. I know it is bad for you but I do 3 shots of whiskey before bedtime. That is when my anxiety triggers. In my mind it is better than being addicted to benzos which is the only other thing that has worked for me. Today I am benzo free and will never go back to that.
Good luck on your cycle hit the gym alot so you can go to bed exhausted, I think it helps.