I just started a TRT protocol and I wanted to see if anyone had any advise.
About a year ago I started to experience severe abdominal pain. I assume it was from drinking, because I was drinking alcohol almost everyday at that point. I was pretty fit before but I fell into a bad drinking habit especially the 6 months leading up to this.
I went to the doctor and he thought maybe I had gastritis and told me to take some PPI’s and quit drinking. I quit drinking abruptly and started to experience anxiety and de-realization symptoms. My stomach issues started to clear up with cleaning up my diet, but I still had some issues here and there. I had an endoscopy, body CT scan, ultrasound and more blood work than I can count and everything came back fine.
My doctor was convinced it was all mental and told me to take clonazepam twice a day. I started taking it and within two weeks I started to feel very weird, I was super lethargic and depressed, I could hard work. I found out it’s not good to be taking a benzo every and found to new doctor. I had to wean myself off the clonzepam which made my anxiety even worse. I also started getting a weird pressure on the sides, front and back of my head. My new doctor had me get a brain CT scan and everything came back normal. She tried to put me on an anti depressant called Cymbalta. I’ve been off the clonazepam for 3 months.
I didn’t take the cymbalta and started to get back into the gym. I also started doing yoga, seeing a counselor, getting massages/acupuncture and neurofeedback. At first right after getting off the clonazepam I was too anxious to even go to the gym, but slow it started getting easier.
I still felt a little bit lack of motivation, slight depression, anxiety in big groups and pressure in my head semi regularly, especially if i get really worked up at work. But I started to make some decent progress in the gym.
I went to a hormone clinic and these were the levels they found with my blood work:
Estradiol - 105pmol/L
Free Test - 300.6 pmol/L
DHEA - 7.7umol/L
The prescribed me the follow protocol:
DHEA 25mg once per day
HCG 500IU biweekly SUBQ injection
Test Cypo 40mg per week intramus injection
Arimdex .5mg twice weekly
I just did my third test injection yesterday and I don’t really feel any different. In fact on days I inject the test, my anxiety goes up and i feel strong denationalization the whole day, and paranoia that I messed up the injection. My erections are still average, my strength hasn’t really gone up and my energy seems to have only a slight increase. Yesterday I took my injection in the morning and then the arimidex before bed and I couldn’t fall asleep, it was like coming off the clonazepam all over again.
What does anyone think of my protocol, should i stick with it or quit? After doing 3 injections to I need to get on clomid and do PCT?
Also, I quit taking the DHEA after the 3rd day because I felt i was messing with too many hormones at once.