I have read the sticky on Advice for New Guys by KSman and I hope I am following the correct procedures here.
Problem: I have been on an HRT program since 2008 with very good results, however over the last year, my PSA level has raised drastically and I am looking for some feedback.
My Protocol I started in 2008 was T,AL,HCG,HGH,DHEA (more of an HRT than TRT program). I have a progressive thinking doc and over the years my dosing and method of application have matured to what I am doing now as follows:
T Enanthate= 84MG Weekly in EOD SQ Injections (24 mg per dose)
HCG= 220iu SQ injections EOD
Anastrozole= .25 MG EOD,1 (112.5 MG weekly)
DHEA= 25 MG daily, Timed release capsules, compounded
HGH= 1iu daily SQ 6 days per week (6iu weekly)
I have had to make adjustments from time to time, mainly on the AL, but mostly the above gives me a smooth ride. Any day of the week I draw blood, my levels look relatively the same at optimal levels, so I have gotten beyond up and down spikes. The only one that seems to bounce around some is the E2, but I check my blood work through labcorp every 6 months, so I have been able to jump on it quickly whenever something gets out of line. My Libido is strong, I work out 5 to 6 days a week, I run several Half marathons annually; feel strong, feel great!!
My last lab results were in March 2014 and pretty typical of what I have been getting:
Free Test=36.4 (6.60 to 18.10)
E2=14.2 (7.6-42.6) (usually this is a little higher, closer to 20, the test before this one showed the E2 at over 30 so I may have jumped on this a little too hard with the AL dosage)
Dihydrotestosterone=101 (30-85) (Usually this was more around 80 so this was higher than normal)
Per the Sticky on advice for new guys, here is data on me:
-age ; 61 years old
-waist ; 31
-weight ; 155 lbs, body fat about 12%
-describe body and facial hair ; normal hair on body (more hairy than not), good facial hair (I could grow a great beard if I wanted), bald headed (I now shave the skull)
-describe where you carry fat and how changed ; always around my waist and boobs if I get over weight
-health conditions, symptoms [history] ; great health, however, (1) have had BPH since my 30s, never caused me any problems, psa levels always ok. (2) Before starting HRT, I had a bad 10 years of drinking, smoking and gaining weight (my spouse passed away, kind of gave up for awhile). Since starting HRT and getting a new doc in 2008, lost 30 pounds, workout 6 days a week, donÃ??Ã?Â¢??t smoke, I do drink some, I have a great sex life. Feel Great, no issues except my prostate.
-Rx and OTC drugs, any hair loss drugs or prostate drugs ever ; RX, Xanax as needed daytime work anxiety, Restoril as needed night time sleep aid, Take 15 mg remeron nightly (helps sleep, anxiety and feels great). I tried a round of Proscar for 30 days once, it dropped my DHT real low as well as my E2, so I quite right away. Libido never suffered, do not have any lingering effects from it, just did not like what I read about it.
-lab results with ranges ; See above data, I can provide tons more; I have kept great records for many years.
-describe diet [some create substantial damage with starvation diets] ; Mainly a Paleo type diet, however, do not skip much on fruits or dairly products. Very disciplined diet, try to keep my protein/carbs/fat and overall calories in check with my bodies usage.
-describe training: Boxing and Running. Do not box in competition, only cardio workouts on bags and in the ring with mit and glove training. Do not take hits to my head, but I have a great cardio. Run 3 times a week, box 3 times a week, have fun and do nothing 1 or 2 days a week.
-testes ache, ever, with a fever? ; Never
-how have morning wood and nocturnal erections changed; been strong since I started HRT and working out. My Libido is good and strong without the use of any aids.
With all the above in mind, my Prostate Problem has suddenly come up on the scene. So, here is the problem:
My PSA has always been a pretty steady 1.0 to 1.5 with the free results always over 50%. My last good test was in August of 2012 and was 1.5 (0.0 to 4.0) with the Free being 52%.
Next test was May of 2013 which showed and increased PSA level;
Re-Test June 2013, results are worse
At this point, my urologist put me on levaquin for 30 days (suspecting an infection). 2 weeks later a retest:
Re-Test August 2013, improvement shows up after levaquin
Free PSA; 32.5%
The improvement after the levaquin caused us to believe that we were dealing with an infection, so we waited 6 months for another DRE exam and blood test.
Re-Test 2/1/2014, going back downhill
Free PSA 16.1%
DRE by Doctor felt clean/healthy organ
At this point, we ran one more test called a PCA3 which scored me at a 43 (the higher the numbers the worse; anything over 25 is considered to go along with a strong likelihood of a positive biopsy result).
So, after all of the above, I finally took my urologist advice and went for a biopsy (which btw is totally painful and ruins your sex life for weeks).
Received back the results from a 12 point biopsy, all showed Benign except for one sample which showed a small focus of high-grade Pin, considered benign, suggest future biopsy, Biopsy was taken in March 2014.
So, after all that, here I am waiting for my next DRE urology exam and blood testing which will be in August. Feeling great physically, but wondering about my poor prostate and if I am proceeding correctly;
My urologist advises me to stay on my TRT Routine, but is not sure about the HGH. My Wellness Doctor (for lack of a better term), feels that I should keep my current routine just as it is, including the HGH; he is pretty high on keeping my immune system up and going.
I have done a ton of reading on the www and through LEF (many long nights) on subjects like me. Of course you get all the guys who want to chemically castrate you, but the majority of the intelligent reading I come across tells me that I should remain steady on the TRT, but nothing tells me about;
- What levels; I have all mine at the upper end of optimal.
- HGH; Hard to find anything on this subject and prostate problems.
I would really appreciate some intelligent thoughts on this matter. I feel I am blazing new trails here that even my Doctors are blazing alongside me (actually, right behind me). I am an Engineer by trade, so I am used to blazing trails to a certain extent. However, this is a little different.
I would really appreciate input from KSman. What would be your next move?