Somebody Get Me A Doctor
- 07-25-2006, 10:08 PM
- 07-25-2006, 10:45 PM
07-25-2006, 11:10 PM
07-25-2006, 11:24 PM
I keep missing your time zone. Too many different boards, e-mails, etc and I get to loosing track of myself and time. Not to mention all the banning that has to be done around here.
What is your daytime schedule look like?
07-26-2006, 08:46 AM
Originally Posted by B5150
I had no doubt.....LMFAO. We'll talk soon Brother.
Give Jordy my new number please....I miss that kid.
07-27-2006, 12:08 PM
Thanks for the call. Good to hear your voice.Originally Posted by SJA
You ever see the sit-com 'Two and a half men'? I thought of it when you mentioned the kid. Now, of course I would prefer to be Charlie (Sheen)...but I'm guessing we both share attributes of both Charlie and Alan (Jon Cryer). Boy, what a life. You, me, Jordan a house on the beach, a maid, .... oh...wake-up!!!
I am becoming frustrated with the amount of discussion on this new HRT forum. I have made a personal request to a very experienced board member that he share his experience. No reply or participation. I have made an inquiry with a very board and industry reputable Dr. to share his professional experince and also offered a leadership role. No reply either way.
I really enjoyed our discussion this morning. I know you are very busy at this time, but when things slow down for you I would really enjoy sharing more board time with you.
07-27-2006, 10:20 PM
Originally Posted by B5150
Sounds good to me. I could use tha extra hamstring training.
I bet with wheeling those wheelchairs around all day uphill I could put on an additional 1"-1.5" on my hammys in no time...
AND if that don't work, I'll hook ya both up like a sled and haul ass up and down tha boardwalk. Just make sure to bring your
07-27-2006, 10:27 PM
07-27-2006, 10:53 PM
07-28-2006, 10:46 AM
Hey B5150 Don't be discouraged or frustrated.Originally Posted by B5150
Maybe just maybe lack of response is due to the good ole boys at the DEA.
I recently talked to a doctor friend who just got "Board Certified" in HRT I asked him to join AM and help on this forum. Here is his reply:
I got your message and I think it's pertaining to this. One thing they told us at A4M was NEVER EVER to affiliate with any groups which appear to have physique enhancement even as a PART of their agenda. The DEA is watching everyone prescribing test/growth,etc;and I'm not going to do
anything which could get me even investigated. I'm sure you understand.
It's the nickname for American Academy of Anti Aging Medicine---4 A's and
I don't blame himfor pretecting himself as he has alot to lose.
It's not fair...(the first thing I learned about life) I walk around in a water park here in Fla. and hear the whispers "steriods" They don't whisper "3 days a week in the gym for years" ...
I tell ya B, if I die tomm. from hemrhoids, or a ingrown hair..it will be blamed on steriods. (go figure)
Sorry about the rant...it's probably my med's.
Last edited by AGELESS; 07-29-2006 at 07:21 PM.
07-28-2006, 11:54 AM
In light of what you share, I do understand. Sadly, there are too few knowledgeable people to discuss these things with. Thanks for stopping bye. I really do appreciate what you can share. Thanks again
07-28-2006, 12:54 PM
07-31-2006, 02:37 PM
08-01-2006, 11:35 PM
Now that's an idea, me on tha cover of Wheaties someday.Originally Posted by SJA
Limited Edition Wheaties™:
Now with Overcome™ and Never Give Up™ Soy Crisps
... Yeah, I like that.
Honestly, I've just got smarter with my body. Every year I've made little adjustments that have made big net differences over time. Of course you can't have all good with out tha bad, and one of life's little ironic twists came in tha form of actually getting so lean that I've spotted a small hernia that was hidden previously by mangina fat. ... Go figure.
08-01-2006, 11:39 PM
08-11-2006, 04:54 PM
08-12-2006, 06:56 AM
Nothing new to share right now. I have been keeping my training log, which has been met with with underwhelming response. I got my blood draw last week. We will see what the results are when I go to my appointment of Tuesday. My one concern is estradiol levels with the increased dose. I am also going to request IGF-1 while I am there this time.
I am going to have to get a script for cyp/e because my presription annual coverage limit has already been exceeded. This means all prescriptions are 100% out of pocket. AndroGel, at the 7.5g/d dose, is a 20 day supply. The cost is $230 out of pocket. If I have to bump to 10g/d that would require 2 boxes for a 30 days supply for a total of $460 out of pocket expense. Not going to happen. I looked into test depot (cyp/e) at my pharmacy and it is <$80 for 10cc/200mg. I would likely need a max dose of 100mg/w. So that would be 20 weeks worth for $80. A lot more reasonable.
08-12-2006, 07:03 AM
My God B!!!! I just ate two pop tarts I need intervention.
Oh yeah, Toad you have a freaky odd physique. Those traps look like they came off some kind of human-gorilla genome experiment.
08-12-2006, 10:29 AM
You mean you actually have friends other than me?Originally Posted by B5150
... I must of missed that one.
...and I'm sure everything will get even more 'freaky odder' over time. Certain muscle groups just supercompensated for tha lack of function in others. Overall I'm pleased that I've done a decent job (IMO) at balancing out what I can. Traps I'm just blessed with, much like my ability to walk. My left is noticably bigger and there has to be some transference from my right as I can't shrug that left side. Even still, I don't do any shrug work because of that.Oh yeah, Toad you have a freaky odd physique. Those traps look like they came off some kind of human-gorilla genome experiment.
08-12-2006, 11:08 AM
08-12-2006, 11:19 AM
Yep, you just gotta talk to him.Originally Posted by Jayhawkk
The spoken word is stronger than the strongest man
Carries the whole world like the strongest hand
Through the trials and tribulations you neva let us down
I know your here with us now
I know your still wit us now
Keep it real wit us now
I wanna feel show me how (PLEASE)
Let me take your hand, guide me
Ill walk slow but stay right beside me
Devil's tryna find me
Hide me, hold up I take that back
Protect me and give me the strength to fight back!
Let me know whats on your mind
Let me know what im gone find
Its all the time
Show me how to teach the mind
Show me how to reach the blind
Lord give me a sign!
Show me what I gots to do
To bring me closer to you
Cuz im gonna go through
What ever you want me to
Just let me know what to do
Lord give me a sign!
08-15-2006, 06:19 PM
I am just back from my Dr's office visit. My levels were fair.
Total test: 677 (250-1100)
% free test: 1.25 (1.1-2.8)
free test: 84.8 (35.0-155.0)
LH: 1.4 (0.8-7.6)
But I have to say that I am furious at this moment. As I mentioned in earlier posts, my insurance annual prescription coverage has run out. So I am left to have to pay out of pocket. This makes AndroGel out of the question. So we discussed my desire to begin injection so that I could afford to pay out of pocket for it.
We began to discuss doses. Here is where we had some conflict. She was wanting to dose me 350-400mg E3W. I explained to here that old school medicine suggests that protocol. New protocol has been established by those working in the field. It suggests weekly doses to reduce hormone fluctuation. At this point I flipped through the pages of Dr. John's article to begin to provide some quotations. I proceded to say that I have been in discussion with an endo and he suggests...She shut me down.
I won't be prescribing once a week injections...period. This is what doping athletes and bodybuilders do. I will not risk my license by being associated with that practice. I explained to her that I understand the stigmas and stereo-type that comes with the use of testosterone and how it may appear to your fellow medical practicioners. She said "It's not them...it's the media". I will not risk my license.
I explained that new advances in TRT have been made and that "this" endo suggests once weekly injections. He is a specialist in the field of Anti-Aging and TRT.
"Go see him then."
I then told her that I wanted a referral to an endo. They are so limited in my area and so limited by my insurance plan I will likely find no one that has any idea how to practice TRT effectively.
So before I left I let her inject me with 400mg of test. At this point I have no choice really. I am out of AndroGel and cannot afford to pay for it out of pocket. I am suppressed for sure so I cannot just stop cold turkey. For now I will have to follow her protocol until I find other means. She wants me to get a blood draw in two weeks. So ignorant.
08-15-2006, 07:35 PM
You can do compounded cream that I feel is better then the gels and cost is less then shots or the same. Also if you need to show your Dr. about shots you never show a Dr. a different Dr.'s works most will shut you down. Go to this link it is the AACE Guildlines and read page 11 hell read the whole then on page 11 it startes to do shots every 7 to 10 days she can't argue with this.
And this is a link to Collage Pharmacy call them and ask them what it cost to compound a cream = to your does of Androgel.
College Pharmacy - Contact
Originally Posted by B5150
08-15-2006, 08:27 PM
08-15-2006, 11:07 PM
08-16-2006, 09:23 AM
Wow, talk about being a pioneer.
You are taking this whole Learn: Teach: Lead thing to a whole new level
This thing is far greater than you Brian, although temporarily disappointed, see tha bigger picture & appreciate tha journey.
08-16-2006, 10:45 AM
I am hardly a pioneer. I have spent some several hundreds of dollars between co-pays for office visits, co-pays for bloodwork (which by the way she still does not have recorrect) and have exhausted my insurance prescription coverage for the rest of the year, while I have patiently waited for her to get on board with the program and protocol.
I am not an expert by any means. But I have dedicated a lot of time researching and inquiring with at least one credible practitioner. She is waisting my time and money and putting my body under undue fluctuations in my hormones by trying to implement an archaic TRT protocol. This is simply do to the stigma associated with weekly injections. No other reason.
"You went to college to be stupid. That's stupid" ~Sonny Corleone
08-16-2006, 11:02 PM
One would think that the recommended protocols fro aace would influence her. She is in fact practicing medicine AGAINST the best available recommendations. She's mor elikely to get into trouble with her license for doing that IMO than in giving you weekly injections.
08-16-2006, 11:12 PM
I considered mailing a copy of it to her. I have yet decided if I will continue to follow up with her. I am angered more by her obstinance than ignorance.
08-17-2006, 12:20 AM
Well, it might be effective to address what her stated concerns were (yes, we know her real issues).....but her stated concerns were that weekly injections weren't the generally recognized standard of care for TRT and that she could get in trouble for deviating from the standards.
So, you show her what the standards are.....and explain that you're wanting to be treated according to the best accepted practices as decided by her peers who specialize in TRT. She's actually protecting her medical license by prescribing weekly injections rather than ignoring the best medical protocols as decided by her profession.
See what I mean.....you work her around to seeing how it's in her interest to do what you want?
Sure, she's a ****head who should have done this research herself and is more concerned with what her colleague in the office nextdoor said than with your health....but if you're stuck with her as a provider, then this is how I'd approach it.
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