Hello everyone. I just joined and am so glad that I found this forum. Let me start off with a brief summary of my issue.
I'm 54 and in pretty good shape from weight training and proper eating for most of my life. I started noticing a few years ago that I was not quite what I used to be related to libido, strength, fat, etc... My wife noticed it too and bought me a appointment and later HRT for Fathers Day in June.
My blood work came out as follows:
Free test 8.3 NG/DL (4.9-25 range)
I started taking T Cyp 200mg once a week, DHEA, and a variety of other things including thyroid booster. My story seems to be typical that all went fantastic for 3 weeks and then started turning negative. My strength gains stopped, my weight wasn't changing, and I didn't feel quite right. In late July I had another blood test that had the following results:
Free Test 45 NG/DL (4.9-25 range)
The doctor correctly identified the E2 as being an issue so prescribed anastrozole at .25mg twice a week and had me buy zinc to take daily.
Two weeks later while traveling I developed bad headaches and checked my BP and was shocked to see it at 168/88. I had ALWAYS been below 120/80 (even when tested at the end of June) so I knew something was wrong. I found this site and started reading and realized the high E2 was likely the reason. However, the doctor disagreed saying he hadn't seen fluid build on that level of E2 and prescribed a diuretic to reduce the fluid. He seemed certain that I had some other medical issue that wasn't due to this treatment. Of course, I knew he was wrong and got off all of the things I was taking except for anastrozole. I also missed two T Cyp injections so went a little over a week without the 400mg I would have injected by that point.
In 2 days I lost 6 lbs of water and last week my BP was back to normal where it, and my lower weight, has remained stable. I injected 50mg of test and did another blood test for E2 two days later and it was now all the way down to 12. Now for my questions:
I am now taking T Cyp at 100mg injected 2 times a week to reduce the loading and drop-off effects. I have read that this should also help greatly to control my E2. I have now done this twice (Tue and Fri). With my quick drop in E2, I worry about being sensitive to anastrozole so I wonder if I should just get off it completely. I am still taking 50mg of zinc and the various other minerals. Also, I am not taking HCG and have been considering that at 250mg twice a week.
Can someone recommend what I should do at this point?
Should I just stay at 100mg of test and drop anastrozole and retest in a month to see what E2 looks like? Does everyone need anastrozole?
Should I add HCG and if I do, how will that mess with my other variables?
I should also add that the doctor wants me to go back to 200mg (100 twice a week) and get on HCG but expects that anastrozole will not be necessary anymore?
I'd greatly appreciate any help you guys can offer. I am quite frustrated and perplexed.