Hey guys, i must say, i have been reading obsessively on these forums and others regarding TRT, and all the associated risks, benefits, protocols.
So around January 2013, i stupidly took an oral steroid/pro hormone, I’m not sure exactly. It was from someone who was a bodybuilder and competed, so i trusted him (big mistake) . Anyway, after taking this for 2 months, i attempted to contact him for a pct, nowhere to be found. My options were limited, so i went with what i could get naturally, DAA basically. I never fully recovered, even after using clomid for a restart. However, i was in a decent range for a long time. 400-500 total test. But then recently, i began to feel the effects of the low T. my free test was tested and it was 49 reference lowest range was 46. I was losing interest in just about everything, my sex life was non existent, i was working out like i had always done , good diet, but i was LOSING muscle mass and strength.
I kept asking my primary care doctor and i always got the same response, well your in normal range so we cant treat you. (yea for a 60 year old diabetes patient maybe) I kept stressing that i was having theses low test symptoms, and eventually he agreed. He prescribed 200mg every 2 weeks.
Actual procotol: I never had any plans on injecting like that. I opted for SubQ, every 3.5 days starting with 50mg of test per injection. I had arimidex on hand because i do experience estrogen symptoms, even on DAA.
So i did this and after about 5 days, i noticed my BP had increased (i normally run 120/60 and i was in the 150/70) , and my HR had increased as well, i felt AMPED. It felt good, but it was too much. I also suffer from PTSD/Anxiety issues, which i felt was triggered by this. Over the next few weeks, it was a rollercoaster, High BP/ and Chest pounding feeling. I started to feel “pain” or discomfort, where my adrenal glands were. I started to have the symptoms of high cortisol (waking up at 3, cant go back to sleep) plus the kidney/adrenal “pain”.
At one point i went to the doctor because i thought i had chest pain, high BP, turned out my BP was normal 126/60 and my EKG was normal. Anxiety. While at the doctors, he tested my TT which was 2 hours after a sub q injection of 50mg, and approx 1 week into my protocol. My TT was 950. This scared me, im not trying to go over here and i figured, maybe i would feel better in the 700 range. So i lowerd my dose to 75 mg a week, split into 2 doses. Then i lowered it again to 60. So now i am lowering it more to 25mg x 2 a week so 50 a week. I not that Bloowork will be the ultimate answer. which i have on 9/5.
Did anyone experience this adrenal overload or extreme stress high BP while on even moderate doses? I am looking to be normal. And if 25 mg a week is my starting point, thats fine with me. I have felt a decrease in the High BP and HR feeling over the last day. (i forgot to mention that i had the doctor put me on 5mg of lisinopril which is working.keeping me in the 127 systolilc range. So im hoping the lowered dose has helped. Tomorrow i inject 25mg so see if that brings me back to feeling a little more normal. I can always increase. Sorry if i rambled here. I will post labs as soon as i have them.