Hello there! I am new to the forum and this looks like a great place to get information on what has worked for others and to perhaps double check protocols (although everyone reacts differently I know).
I just received my blood-work back yesterday and the doctor has prescribed my therapy but I was hoping to get some feedback from some of you just to make sure it all looks like I heading down the right path.
My blood work (done by Lab Corp) does not seem to have all the info that some of you list but I will give what I have. Here is my info…
Testosterone Serum: 416 (Reference 264-916 ng/dL)
Free Testosterone: 11.0 (Reference 6.8-21.5 pg/mL)
Estradiol: 23.8 (Reference 7.6-42.6 pg/mL)
Prostate Specific Ag. Serum: 0.9 (Reference 0.0-4.0 ng/mL)
SHBGS: 40.6 (Reference 16.5-55.9 nmol/L)
TSH: 1.130 (Reference 0.450-4.500 uIU/mL)
Thyroxine (T4): 7.6 (Reference 4.5-12.0 ug/dL)
T3 Uptake: 28 (Reference 24-39%)
Free Thyroxine Index: 2.1 (Reference 1.2-4.9)
What I am being prescribed is 160 a week of Testosterone administered SC twice per week (80 per shot) along with HCG. They said they were starting me off at this dose to see how I reacted and may bump it from there depending on my levels at my next blood draw in a couple months.
I will also be receiving AI with my meds but they do not want me to take it until I see if there are side effects or how my estrogen levels are in a couple months…this is something I am curious about. I don’t know a lot about all of this but I am trying to learn as I go BUT it seems like my Estradiol is high naturally so I am concerned that it will definitely go up from the treatment - but again I need advice here. Is there a downside to taking the AI (Arimidex I believe) before my next blood panel since I will already have it in my meds package? I would just really like to avoid the potential side effects (mood, gyro, etc.) associated with it and I don’t know how quickly you have to act on these (mostly gyno) before it is irreversible.
I am sure I will have more questions after your feedback but I really appreciate any guidance.