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My TRT Story. 26 Years Old, 4 Months In


#1

Hey everyone.

I wanted to share this because it was very difficult for me to find stories of younger guys on TRT when I was doing my initial research. I am not looking for advice or even necessarily comments on this post, I just want it to help some people in their initial research.

Initial problems:
Some ED. No body hair. Low energy. Very minimal muscle gains. Long painful muscle recoveries.

My total T was in the 300’s when I was tested which is quite low for a 26 year old. At the time I was working out at least 4 days a week, sleeping a minimum of 7 hours a night, and eating decent. There was no reason for my T to be that low.

Started T at the beginning of April '17 at 148lbs, my heaviest sustained weight at the time.
1mg T 1xWeek, 500iu HCG 2xWeek, Anastrozole 2xWeek.

Within the last month I started .5mg T 2xWeek, 250iu HCG EOD, Anastrozole 2xWeek. I like it much better. I just feel better through the whole week.

4 months in (August '17):
I have not really seen much if a mental change but I didnt have any noticable problems to begin with. I definitely have more energy and never get that “I just want to lay down instead of workout” moment anymore. I am hovering around 169lbs right now. I hit 175 about 2 weeks ago but have been cutting a little just to be in ideal shape for my job. It if the first time I have been able to cut and it is a lot of fun. I did not have to change my gym habits much, my body just started working right with TRT. I am giving a lot of credit to “noob gains” even though I have been workibg out for years. My quick muscle gain is tapering off but is still progressing. I am much more motivated because of the results and am able to push my body further. ED is %100 gone and went away within the first few weeks…thank God. I have some shoulder and back acne. I have almost never had pimples before so this is a new thing for me. It is not bad and I am trying to learn to manage it. I wear a bulletproof vest and it is summer in Texas so that may be a big factor aggrivating what may normally be a smaller problem. I had my first chest hair after abiut 3 months. Idk if its a coincidence or the TRT honestly. My recovery time now seems to be on par with normal people. I used to be really sore for 4 or 5 days and now am having noticably milder soreness for 1 or 2 days after a hard workout.

If I can add pictures I will. I have gotten stronger. Not by extreme bounds, but I am keeping up with people my size finally. I have lats which were literally not visible before. My shoulders and legs have filled out to what I would call normal.

Overall the experience has been very positive. Please research this a lot before you begin. I still am learning a lot about all the many aspects of TRT. I was truly low, I dont know how the experience is for someone who is taking it as a supplement to go above “normal levels.”

Hope this helps someone. Good luck. Message me if you want, but like I said, I am still learning about TRT. Thanks!

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Pic below. From first day of TRT to 4 months after, red pants most recent.


#2

You need to report T dose in mg’s, not volumes. Dispensing is different from dose. What dose of anastrozole?

Please get labs done and post with ranges:
TT
FT
E2
CBC
AST/ALT
fasting cholesterol - can be too low

Evaluate overall thyroid function as directed below…

Please read the stickies found here: About the T Replacement Category

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Evaluate your overall thyroid function by checking oral body temperatures as per the thyroid basics sticky. Thyroid hormone fT3 is what gets the job done and it regulates mitochondrial activity, the source of ATP which is the universal currency of cellular energy. This is part of the body’s temperature control loop. This can get messed up if you are iodine deficient. In many countries, you need to be using iodized salt. Other countries add iodine to dairy or bread.

KSman is simply a regular member on this site. Nothing more other than highly active.

I can be a bit abrupt in my replies and recommendations. I have a lot of ground to cover as this forum has become much more active in the last two years. I can’t follow threads that go deep over time. You need to respond to all of my points and requests as soon as possible before you fall off of my radar. The worse problems are guys who ignore issues re thyroid, body temperatures, history of iodized salt. Please do not piss people off saying that lab results are normal, we need lab number and ranges.

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