Hey y’all. I did some searching and found a few related topics but thought I’d ask with my personal info to see if you have any suggestions.
I’m 52, been doing TRT for about 15 years. When I started T was around 200. I do testosterone cypionate injections of 50mg 2x/week, also 250iu of HCG 2x/week.
Around 5 years ago I started having issues that my doc and hematologist suggested were secondary polycythemia related, and suggested giving blood to decrease HCT. My HCT was high (50+) at that time. I have been doing this and maintain a HCT of 35-42 most of the time.
2 years ago I went through head/neck cancer treatment - it was brutal and changed my body in many ways. I’m just now getting back to working out. I find that about 8-10 minutes into any workout my torso itches like crazy. Terrible. Like I have to stop its so bad. The itching started 3 months ago. An allergist suggests this is because of polycythemia, but I don’t have the “classic” symptom of itching in the shower. I’m fine in hot water, its just exercise or hot weather that causes the itching.
Antihistamines help, I take zyrtec, claritin and famoditine to block histamine. Propanolol helps too but it slows my heart down too much.
I’m wondering if you guys have found the same thing. If its polycythemia then my options are to stop TRT and hope it gets better, or continue with TRT and treat the symptoms (which isn’t all that effective).
Probably lots more info I can share but so far that’s a start. I’m hoping someone has dealt with this and has some ideas. Cholinergic Urticaria seems to be another possibility.