Newbie when it comes to steroids or hormone replacement therapy, and will be digging into the forums reading up on various topics. Just a few questions for starters. Is there any "steroid bible" or other book worth getting that is pretty comprehensive and up to date on hormone replacement therapy, steroids, PCT, etc?
I have a doctor who has spoken to me about the possible use of test, but has held off in hopes that Ill naturally bounce back once my overall health starts improving, I lose bodyfat, and stress is reduced once I find another career since losing my job due to my health issues.
A little over 3 years ago, I was early 30s, 245lbs, 10% BF, working sets 500+ squats, 330+ cleans, 550+ deadlifts, and could still motor pretty well in sprint and agility drills. I worked two jobs, busy life, but despite little sleep and lots of heavy exertion at work as a S&C coach, and mental and physical demands working in law enforcement, I still could make gains or even in the worst of times maintain serious strength and power. Mentally and physically recovered well and could be on the ball and rocking on a regular basis, really never got sick or injured. Always motivated and pretty intense personality.
Well, I am now about 250lbs, probably 35% BF, immune system shot, have had multiple surgeries in this time period, 3 GI surgeries all of which got infected (some of which were not caught until later), multiple bouts of anti biotics which caused other issues (killing too much of good bacteria is best way I can understand all the technical stuff doctors explain), and lots of backtracking that took a few years of doctors to figure out what happened in the initial surgeries to cause so many problems. Wasnt able to train because they werent sure what all the issues were and didnt want to take chances, and in the past 6 months or so they had me doing very light physical therapy and old man type workouts, walks, swimming, rubber bands, pelvic floor stuff etc...I wasnt even doing anything demanding and the distal head of my bicep ruptured right off the bone, so still in the recovery phases of that surgery. Blood pressure bounces around from normal to the 180s/100, back to normal on unpredictable basis. Im a major mess compared to my former self. I dont have the paperwork handy but test levels were in the 268 range I think, and although I didnt have baselines before that, I seriously cant imagine I was anywhere but near the top end of ranges to carry on the lifestlye Id been living for years, pedal to the metal, balls to the wall....my old S&C boss used to joke I lived on caffiene, adrenaline, and abnormally high levels of testosterone...and actually the doctors recently dealing with me have gone on about me being an adrenaline junkie and think the change in lifestyle has affected a lot of brain chemistry as well...
So anyways, this is a readers digest of a jumbled mess of my health issues...and since I have doctors willing to talk about giving me test, I want to read up and know more about it so I can push for it if I think its a good decision to get me a little back on track. But I dont know how it all correlates with blood pressure (they think my spikes are from stress and the weight gain), immune system (they said mine is beat up but will recover over time), and also take into consideration WTF how the hell could my connective tissue 3 years ago violently rip over 300 pounds off the ground for plenty of reps, or do 40lb weighted chins, heavy deads, etc etc, but now I slip and reach for the railing and my bicep rips off the bone? I dont know whats going on but it aint good...I need to get back on track...
Other than testosterone, is there any other products I could mention to the doctor to explore using, are there any steroids that might be low in side effects that the right doctor could be convinced to prescribe if the stars lined up right? Other than Test and GH, what can doctors get away with prescribing in the US under the right circumstances? I see on some sites people claim they have their doctors legally getting them Test, Deca, Anavar, Injectable Winny, Halotestin tabs, and PCT??????????????? Is that a bunch of BS?
If you read this far and have some input, I much appreciate it. At this point since I wont be able to be crushing the heavy weights like I used to due to all the GI surgeries, and now this bicep BS, Im thinking of dropping 40 lbs and shooting for 210 lbs bodyweight, getting the blood pressure under control, getting the bodyfat back to 10% or better, letting my immune system recover, and still being athletic but just keeping my connective tissue and joints alive at this point. I got a host of other joint issues and soft tissue damage in various places, that I used to just work around and abuse pushing it to the limit, backing off, then pushing it again, probably thinking I was invincible and just gut through periods of pain...I am sick of going under the knife and would like to just be healthy again and lean, see how my body feels and slowly find ways to crank it up in whatever ways I can without the wheels coming off anymore.
Ive been browsing posts on here just trying to get some general ideas, and it seems there is so much hormonal and blood chemistry stuff going on, even if I could get the Test from my doctor I dont want to screw anything else up or aggravate other conditions Im dealing with. Do all these HRT doctors have a similar knowledge base, and well versed on the types of topics discussed on this forum? or are there alot of doctors who just went through some minor course on life extension or something and its another avenue to generate income without a ton of specialized education and passion for the subject?