As a brief background on this post: 37 year old male, 200 pounds and 5’10" with a ~34-35" waist and a decent amount of muscle on me. I began TRT 8 months ago and take nothing but Test, HCG, and Arimidex. Here is a table of my core lab results before, during, and as of 2 days ago and why I need to get my estrogen fixed and looking for advice. For simplicity sake, I’ve left out alot of lab information:
Baseline - No TRT or supplementation
Test, Serum: 373
Free test: 15.6
Luteinizing Hormone: 8.7 on a reference range of 1.7-8.6 (this is one of the reasons I started HRT)
Regimen: Since December 5th 1/weekly injections of 1.0ml 200mg test cyp, 25iu of HCG once per week, no arimidex
Test level, Serum: 1308
Test Free: 40.9
Regimen: 2x weekly injections of .5ml 200mg test cyp, 25iu of HCG once per week, .25mg of arimidex taken with each test injection (i.e. 2x week .25mg of arimidex)
Test, Serum: 1330
(note, between April and August I had one vial of 300mg/ml test I used which I didn’t correctly recalculate the injection amount resulting in me taking a higher dose of test each week…I’ve begun lowering down but when I switched back to a vial of 200mg/ml test I kept it a bit higher to try to smooth out my test adjustments)
Regimen: 2x weekly injections of .6ml 200mg test cyp, 40iu of HCG twice per week, .5mg of arimidex taken with each set of injections
Test, Serum: >1500 (beyond measurement range)
To me I’ve obviously crashed my Estradiol/Estrogen with too much Arimidex - a few weeks ago I noticed a few symptoms I believed to be my estrogen getting too high like it did back in February/March. I also noticed for the first time my back skin is not “breaking out” in the traditional sense but it’s covered in what I’ll call textured skin. Like my lower back to top of shoulders feels like it has what my wife calls “pickies” over damn near every inch. Anyway, this is new side effect for me. I upped my arimidex thinking the higher dose of T and HCG was leading to too much estrogen conversion.
And I was wrong or I’m over-responding to arimidex.
I’m planning to do the following:
- Stop taking Arimidex for 3 weeks and then start taking .25mg with each injection like I was doing in April
- Go back to .5ml of 200mg/ml test cyp 2x a week
- Go back to 25iu of HCG 2x a week
- Re-check labs
Would welcome any other suggestions. Thanks for your input.
P.s. I take nothing else - no supplements except some isopure whey protein. My lab work is otherwise spectacularly clean. My supplies appear to be reliable and come from a lab/pharmacy used by Florida Alternative Medicine.
Edited to add baseline labs