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    Backing off the T before blood work?


    So its been about 8 months since the last time I had my T levels checked, Im prescribed 200mg once every two weeks. The last time I had it checked I was right on the money for where I needed to be, but that was 8 months ago and I dont remember the numbers. I take Testosterone cypionate btw. Anyway I had a lot of extra T for awhile so I started taking 400mg a week and I dropped back down to 200mg last week. I need to go back in sometime in the next month or so to get my levels checked. How long do I need to wait until my higher levels get down to normal again?

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    I think it is probably different for everyone but as a reference after doing 450 for 8 weeks and then going back to 100 a week my test level was 427 after four weeks.
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    TEST-C has a 12-18 day half life meaning half of your last injection remain in your system after that time period. I am on TRT 200MG per week. I bumped it up to cycle to 350 per week and after 2 weeks at that dose I had bloods done and was at 1315 total and 50.5 free test! And that was 3 days after last injection.
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    Thanks guys. So big T you where taking 450 per week fo 8 weeks and then cut back to 100 per wk for 4 wks how long after your last shot before you tested?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    Thanks guys. So big T you where taking 450 per week fo 8 weeks and then cut back to 100 per wk for 4 wks how long after your last shot before you tested?
    6 days
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    thanks T
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    Definitely make a plan. Then get independent labs done with enough time to keep coming down before your doc ordered labs.

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    Yes it is. I'm having trouble finding a private lab though .
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    If it ends up being high I thought about saying I've been taking T booster sups for working out . But thats not gonna work if my levels are through the roof. I'm laying off the T all together for a month before labs but then there's a chance of under shooting it to much. Errrr this sucks
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    If it ends up being high I thought about saying I've been taking T booster sups for working out . But thats not gonna work if my levels are through the roof. I'm laying off the T all together for a month before labs but then there's a chance of under shooting it to much. Errrr this sucks
    Get labs done yourself only costs around $50
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    Yes it is. I'm having trouble finding a private lab though .
    There's a sticky
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    I want to but I'm having trouble finding a place that does it.
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    I just found a place its $50 for total T and $80 for my free T do you think I need both or will just the total work?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    I just found a place its $50 for total T and $80 for my free T do you think I need both or will just the total work?
    If you check the sticky on here there in a place that you can get full blood work done you have to select the female panel because the male doesnt check estrogen levels and the femal on is cheaper. PLus if you look on the net you can get a code for 15% dicount so the total is around $50 for the blood work.

    From the sticky "Here is the trick. Go to privatemdlabs.com and select the hormone panel for females. This test comes with a CMP (liver, kidney values and more), CBC (blood counts), total Testosterone, total Estrogen, LH and FSH.
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    Thanks. I checked the sticky the closest lab on there is over 50 miles away but I found one closer. What I'm trying to fig out is if I should pay the extra $30 and get my free levels of T checked as well or if the total one is good enough. Any thoughts?
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    I think I would go ahead and pay to get a more complete test done. Are you going through the site that is listed in the sticky? If so did you choose the female panel?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    Thanks. I checked the sticky the closest lab on there is over 50 miles away but I found one closer. What I'm trying to fig out is if I should pay the extra $30 and get my free levels of T checked as well or if the total one is good enough. Any thoughts?
    If it's just fyi, free probably isn't necessary. You're just wondering an approximate total level before your doc orders for trt right?
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    Yeah, I just got back from the lab . I went ahead and ordered both should have results by Wed. Can't put a price on peace of mind ..well yeah you can it was $79.99
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    Yeah, I just got back from the lab . I went ahead and ordered both should have results by Wed. Can't put a price on peace of mind ..well yeah you can it was $79.99
    Report back when you get your results!
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    Will do. Hopefully Wed. Thursday at the latest.
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    Got my results back today . My total T is at 288
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    Got my results back today . My total T is at 288
    Ooh, you need more
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    Got my results back today . My total T is at 288
    What dose were you prescribed prior to the blood work?
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    200mg every other wk. Been on that dose for two yrs.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    200mg every other wk. Been on that dose for two yrs.
    What does that dose put you at?
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    8 months ago right around 600
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    8 months ago right around 600
    Good to know, 120/wk puts me around that as well
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    Yeah I'm just hoping low levels like that after 8 months don't look suspect. Does that seem like to dramatic of a change
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    Yeah I'm just hoping low levels like that after 8 months don't look suspect. Does that seem like to dramatic of a change
    The doc will most likely just bump up your test dosage. Also, tell the doc you have been running a lot. A LOT
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    Running drops T?
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    Running drops T?
    Well, i have read that it can put enough stress in the body to cause it to drop, plus my TRT doc says that the military has such a large population of guys with low T, they are still investigating why, but the training and all the gosh damn running can very well be the cause.
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    Yeah I doubt my doctor knows jack about any of that lol. Hopefully hr just ups my script
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    These doctors nowadays... Ha
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    Yeah its my primary care physician so he's clueless
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    Yeah its my primary care physician so he's clueless
    Not only that, but my endocrinologist is as well...
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    I'm sure doctors fresh out of medical school are more educated on this subject. Some of these fossils are new to this type of treatment and don't have all the facts. I need to get me a doogie howser Dr.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cas1981 View Post
    I'm sure doctors fresh out of medical school are more educated on this subject. Some of these fossils are new to this type of treatment and don't have all the facts. I need to get me a doogie howser Dr.
    I just take the rx from him and figure out the rest on my own. They thought I was crazy when I asked about dulling the needle from the vial rubber. Never mind, I will just get more needles on my own...
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    Quote Originally Posted by threeFs View Post
    I just take the rx from him and figure out the rest on my own. They thought I was crazy when I asked about dulling the needle from the vial rubber. Never mind, I will just get more needles on my own...
    So maybe you know a bit more about this than i do, what kind of sides or precautions should one take if they add test e to TRT to total 500 mg a week? I am debating it in a few months, but want to make sure I don't fuk something up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drewsicle3210 View Post

    So maybe you know a bit more about this than i do, what kind of sides or precautions should one take if they add test e to TRT to total 500 mg a week? I am debating it in a few months, but want to make sure I don't fuk something up.
    Should be OK with just an AI. You will learn to feel E2 high/low unless you get frequent bloods. I gained hella strength at 500/wk. Didn't use an AI too much so I ballooned up like a fat kid. But all's well that ends well
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    Not to sound stupid but what's an AI?... I don't want to be a fat kid
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