TRT has changed my life more so than I thought it would, so maybe I am being greedy but I have some questions.
I started TRT In DEC 2010 due to symptoms.. too much sleeping, unable lose weight etc.
My T level was 210.
I am 43 yo, 6'2, was 286 lbs now down to 246lbs, while increasing lean muscle mass. I am taking 200 mg Testosterone cypionate IM 1 x week, (clinic will not split dosage), and 1.0 mg Arimidex divided dose, 1/2 on Test shot day, then other half 3 days later.
Never done any type steroids prior & have extensive weight training background,and have a very good nutritional program.
I work nites, 12 hour shift,3 days in a row 7p to 7 am and get around 6 hours sleep on those days.
I take my shot the afternoon after my last work day upon waking up.
3 days after Test shot:
Estradiol 28 / 0-39.8 pg/ml range
Free test 198 /47-244 pg/ml range
% free test 2.9 / 1.6-2.9% range
Total test 676
Bloodwork drawn before shot taken/ Testosterone shot day
Estradiol was 16/ 0-39.8 pg/ml range
Free test 215 /47-244 pg/ml
% free test 2.7 / 1.6-2.9%
total test 799
Up until maybe the last 2-3 months, I had at least 1 day during the month which I would describe as a "Superman" day. I would wake up ready to get out of bed. I could feel power radiating in my body in every step I took and was incredably focused. In the gym, I performed like superman throwing heavy weights around explosively.
My first question is, am I just chasing the dragon now? Have I just reached my steady state? Has anyone else experienced this phenomenom? Does it come back?
2) Adding HCG- I have not used it as of yet. I have had no testicular shrinkage & was wondering if this will get back those superman days and even out my T- levels during the week. I know I will have to take this at some point. I am getting lean right now will this help me to get even leaner or add some water weight? I am a little worried about increasing my estrogen levels by taking this. I would rather wait until Sept to start if this will not help me get leaner.
3) The shot dose offered at my clinic is 500iu, should I take 500iu or just try 250iu? (they may let me split dosage).
4). Should I take the Hcg on the third day when my Test levels drop? Or what other day would you suggest?
As of now, the only side effects I have had was acne or oily skin late at nite. I am not really tired, other than recovering from working nites which I sleep additional hours on my first day off.
The clinic where I recieve my shot will not split dosages nor are they exactly thrilled over some of my suggestions for alternate dosings (per their own protocals). Despite info I have argued for on my own behalf. I explained yes I feel good, but why settle for good when I can possibly feel great,(and have even better training results).
I am not trying to become a champion bodybuilder. I am trying to be the best ME that I can be, I want to be lean, muscular, and in great conditioned cardiovascular shape. I want to have my cake and eat it too.
MY blood test are great will have them retested in August.
Thanks for all the education that this board has provided.