-Hair- Course black body hair, thick and throughout. Not like an animal, but present. Full beard. Full head of compliment-able hair.
-Carry body fat in waist and love handles. Can bring it down in all other areas (chest, arms) but belly/handles have always been a challenge.
-Train hard mainly with weight training. 3-5 times per week 45min to an hour each session.
-No hair loss or prostate drugs. Use Nizoral as body wash for acne. Currently on .33iu test-c every 3 days and ¼ pill arimidex the following day of pin (see below for Rx changes).
-Diet yo-yo. Trying to get back on carb-cycling (hi-protein/veggie, cycle healthy carbs with healthy fats). No carb or calorie starvation. It’s been difficult with holidays. Wife joining me for new year to help. Eat healthy 60% of the time.
-Fatigue, cloudy brain, lack of long-lasting energy, low libido.
-Testes shrunk/softened a bit and achy scrodom. No constant fever.
-Some morning wood, some no. Never throbbing (always ignorable). Sometimes it’s up and goes away quickly.
-Social withdrawal…60% of the time
-Moody in beginning of TRT…now it’s leveled off.
On TRT, something still doesn’t feel right.
Started TRT in April 2016 with a Urologist (I know), same who gave me a vasectomy.
Here are the pertinent tests I was given related to the list on the forum (more taken, but only listing those forum asks for…if not listed, wasn’t taken).
PSA, Total – 0.51 ng/mL (0.01-2.90 ng/mL)
Total Test – 375 (325-850 normal range)
Started 1cc Test-C (200mg/mL) 2x per week (every 3.5 days)...2cc test c per week total
Total Test – 1437
Reduced to 0.5cc Test-C 2x per week (every 3.5 days)....1cc test c per week total
Total Test – 1425
Reduced to 0.25cc Test-C 2x per week (every 3.5 days)...0.5cc test c per week total
Total Test – 781
Free T – 227 / 2.9%
Alumin 4.6 g/dl (3.5-5.2 g/dl)
SHBG – 18 nmol/L (14-89)
(No Change – Asked for E2)
Total Test – 767
Free T – 183 / 2.4%
Albumin 4.5 g/dl
SHBG 29 nmol/L
RBC – 5.84 M/ul (4.69-6.13 M/ul)
E2 – 83 (20-75 pg/mL)
Prescribed ¼ Arimidex pill day following pin (every 3.5 days)
Total Test – 585
Free T – 166 / 2.8%
Albumin 4.5 g/dl
SHBG 0.17 nmol/L
RBC – 5.45
E2 – 32
(slight change in meds) Increased Test-Cyp to .25 every 3 days (vs 3.5 days) and Arimidex to ¼ pill day following pin.
Total Test – 550
Free T – 152 / 2.8%
Albumin 4.5 g/dl
SHBG 18 nmol/L
PSA 0.61, PSA Free 0.36 / 59%
E2 – 11
RBC – 5.96 M/ul
Asked for HGC (shrunk, tight-testes), Dr. didn’t want to prescribe…not familiar enough for use other than to come off TRT. Urologist said not enough research for other types of long-term use. Instead, increased Test-Cyp to 0.33cc every 3-days and kept arimidex to ¼ pill day following pin.
Changed from IM to injecting into belly-fat. Noticed less roller-coaster effect…wasn’t too bad to begin with.
Total Test – 719
Free Test – 218 / 3%
Albumin – 4.4 g/gl
SHBG – 16nmol/L
PSA – 0.58 ng/mL)
Never received the DRE (dreaded finger)
I’ve been reading the forum for about a month now and realize I need a new doctor. Dr’s that specialize in TRT aren’t covered by my insurance. My Primary doc may be an option; he seems smart and willing and I’ll be seeing him in February. I’m also considering starting my own HGC of 0.10cc EOD, one-week on 3 weeks off to deal with the tight scrodum.
I’m going to ask my Urologist to increase my Test-Cyp from .33cc to .41cc every 3 days and see if HGC can be an option. Am I going in the right direction? Do I need to ask for any more tests to get me on track?
If I’ve answered my own questions or the answer is obvious by reading the posts…my apologies…my brain fogs especially when all the acronyms come together.
I was on TRT 3 years ago with a different primary care. He had me up to 2cc per week and it was great…got strong, bigger, lost some (not all) fat, high energy, wanted sex ALL THE TIME. Never any follow-up tests and had a lot of acne. Roller-coast or emotions too. Had to come off to knock-up wife…found HGC on black market because he had no idea (he’s now retired).