Hi guys, I have been reading the stickies and such for a couple months to learn more about TRT and feel fortunate to finally have a doctors office that cares (we use a local compounding pharmacy to provide the HCG, Test Cyp, and Armidex. I would appreciate any and all advice on how to continue to improve my health.
Age, 38 , 5’11 -height, 38 -waist, 240 -weight
Hairy Chest, limited back hair, hairy legs, arms, full facial hair
Fat around waist and hips, not out front but like a donut, very little body fat outside of the midsection. Always carried weight this way.
ED problems for 8 years (viagra helped), felt like crap since, however 3 years ago, began waking up at 3am, hair thinning (have no receding issues prior or now, did have thick hair, now thin, dry), cannot lose weight for the life of me. The poor sleep, ringing in ears, and weight gain all showed up at same time 3 years ago. Since the 3 years ago part, viagra does not help since this occurrence, almost too tired to think about it. Go to sleep at 1030, wake up at 3 like clockwork, try to go back to sleep, and doze in and out until the alarm goes off at 615. Feel Like crap everyday.
No drugs or OTC drugs. Nor any vitamins
Diet is solid, intake of protein (balanced between red meat, chicken, pork), and fruit vegetable carbs, limited grains (such as a whole wheat sandwich once a week and italian food once every two weeks in moderation) plenty of water daily, no soda, no tobacco, maybe 2 beers per week.
Training has been weight lifting and cardio, big problem with the cardio and lifting
is always out of breath. I have lifted on and off for 20 years, and for the past 6 years would lift light weights, and I was treadmill running 3 miles per day 2 to 3 times per week for nearly a year and never felt like I had any VO2. Also same applies to elliptical machine. I can gain strength. Trying to simplify the workouts, into 3 times per week, I switched to Crossfit in January, to find a happy medium, but don’t follow the Crossfit for time, rather just to complete the workout, as I have no recovery, drained, after a workout if i tried to handle the cardio. My heart rate is high during even weightlifting parts, it takes very little to get it elevated. When doing cross fit or treadmill running (5.0 miles per hour, flat) I can hold the heart rate at 160-165 basically 80% max. However here is my crossfit weight lifting stats. Bench 235 3 times, Max Squat 315, max Deadlift 405, Max Clean and Jerk 185.
No testicle problems
No nocturnal, and maybe occasional morning erection (once every couple weeks, but don’t
know if its because I have to pee).
Biggest problems are:
ED, No Libido ringing in both ears (very loud), poor sleep (wake up at 3), no deep sleep, tired in afternoon, no focus, brain fog.
After years and years of doctors, primary care, urologists, and endocrinologist, who thought I was crazy I finally found a doctors office that cared to test and really find
out what is causing my symptoms. So in June of 2012 I went in to meet the doctor explained my symptoms, and blood work was drawn up. Beginning July 2012, I began TRT with Test Cyp, HcG and Arimidex.
However one problem was that the filling pharmacy (who shipped me directly the meds) improperly labeled the test cup for dosage. Which was .25 ml every two weeks. I didn’t question as I had no idea what was correct, as the HCG was 250 iu 2x per week, with Arimidex at 1 mg weekly.
Needless to say I was not feeling any better and as scheduled went back 4 weeks later for
more blood work. That is where I learned the mislabeling. Upon return of my bloodworm, my Test only went from 208 to 224. However, compared to where I started I was just glad to
have professionals wanting to help. And my doctors office expressed complete regret this happened, and held the pharmacy accountable for what that is worth.
Therefore 4 weeks later at the end of August 2012, more blood work, and this results were much better.
However, all my symptoms still apply from above. I know that all these blood panels are not exactly correct every time because the paperwork order seems to get screwed up between the doc and nurse or office and quest? So please give me your opinions on where we need to go with dosage, additional treatment, etc as the office will work with my recommendations. I am scheduled to go back to the doctors office on Tuesday, so we can draw more blood then if needed.
In August to current day, I dose the following:
100 mg Test Cyp total per week, administered 33 mg EOD via SubQ injections
250iU HCG EOD
.25 Armidex EOD (on day I take HCG shot)
Thank you again for all your contributions, I know eventually I can feel better with your help!
All Labs are via Quest Diagnostics:
This link below is to my labs for June, July, Aug 2012 via google docs. I tried and tried to format in the post but it just wasnt working. Let me
know if I need to provide these another way.