I had to create a new account, but my old post is here:
I will summarize my journey below.
September 08 2016: was experiencing these symptoms slowly increasing the past year: Lack of energy (fatigue), mood changes, brain fog, decreased sex drive, low motivation, sore longer after workouts + decrease strength, some depression.
Ordered my own simple bloodwork: http://imgur.com/a/yd1an
September 19 2016: Went to doc and told him my symptoms and ordered more bloodwork: http://imgur.com/eJ9mwMd http://imgur.com/KtkFbPx (CBC+CMP)
Doctor said that I am “normal” and no reason to worry despite terrible numbers all around. Fuck that.
October 2016: Went to see a urologist that had some knowledge with TRT and hormones. Doc checked my previous results and I recommended to restart my HPTA, to which he agreed. 4 weeks of HCG and then 4 Weeks of Nolvdex, protocol described below.
November 1 2016:
Start HCG dosage 270IU EOD, Arimidex .25mg 2x week
This protocol will be used for 4 weeks before moving on to Nolvadex.
November 28 2016 blood work(only HCG + Arimidex fro 4 weeks): http://imgur.com/lLwWQqk
I felt absolutely better throughout these 4 weeks. Symptoms were melting away and meaningless. Every aspect of my life I felt improvement in and I told myself that I could never go back to the quality of life I’ve been feeling the past year. Everything was just easy for me now, and I didn’t realize how hard everything was prior. I crashed my E2 in the beginning of the protocol and backed off the arimidex which is why my E2 is a little high (although this is not a sensitive E2 test).
December 1st 2016:
Start Nolvdex 20mg EOD + .25mg Arimidex 2x week
By december 12th I was starting to feel worse off, and some of my symptoms were starting to appear again. I definitely did not feel as good as I did on HCG, but I trucked through the roller coaster. I thought my testosterone tanked, but I was wrong:
December 28 2016 blood work (just nolvadex and arimidex for 4 weeks): http://imgur.com/0i1sjff
I feel like absolute garbage despite pretty ok results after the Nolvadex protocol. At the moment of this post my symptoms are coming back and I feel even more depressive at this stage than before. Could this be from Nolvadex side effects?
Overall I am pretty happy with the results as I know that my testicles are fine from the HCG protocol and my body responded pretty well to Nolvadex. My SHBG is still very high and my free test did not respond well to the Nolvadex. It just sucks that I feel like shit right now. Next post will be in 4-6 weeks when I get more bloodwork to see if my HPTA could stand up on its own.
I do have to discuss the most recent results with my doc, does anything stand out?