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I tried to posted this on /r/Fitness but they blocked me for not being related to fitness (?).
I figured the JRE forem would at least benefit from it.
I was prescribed testosterone three years ago a few years before I turned 40. Like many, I saw it as an opportunity to maximize results from lifting. I used to be a "run first and then lift a little" workout guy because I used to see little return in my lifting routine. Once I started TRT, that changed. If I'm honest... I really felt I should be challenging my doctor in prescribing it; however, I felt like it gave me the green light to trying legal steroids.
Once on TRT, I hit the weights first and cut out running almost altogether. Not only because I knew I had a greater chance for results, but because I felt more like doing it. TRT make you feel more manly... and you're horney as shit. I seriously think if you tested all rapist, murderers, and violent assault criminals you'd find they had elevated levels of testosterone. My wife can attest, she was frequently fighting off my advances, and I always backed off even though I was supercharged for sex.
I found that my workouts actually equated to muscle mass and I actually attacked it with much more ferocity. I adopted more of powerlifting regimen because it gave me weekly targets to beat and I felt like a monster lifting heavy shit. I looked forward to it and finally started to see my body change. Within 3 months I started having traps, delts, and pecs. And my "dad butt" went away.
After about 2 1/2 years of this I went to the doctor. He asked me how things were. I told him things were great; however, when I lay down to sleep I can feel my heartbeat really heavily. In fact, my wife can feel it through the mattress. They took an EKG and discovered an anomaly.
Needless to say, this scared the shit out of me. They referred me to a cardiologist and I went. I was there with a bunch of 70+ year old, overweight, sick people. My Dr. questioned why a 40 yr old powerlifting guy was in his office. He gave me a nuclear stress test. At the results, he gave me some startling news. I was in the early stages of heart failure and I needed to make changes fast.
He never mentioned my TRT. It was mostly diet and my workouts (he was a Ketogenic Powerlifter). He recommended low salt, no alcohol and that I go with a volume based workout. He kept telling me that my condition (heart failure) was probably leading to incomplete workouts and plateaus. However, I had never felt stronger and felt no weakness at all (other than normal 40 yr old dude getting home from work stuff). He said my test showed that I was at 35% heart capacity. I told him "I can run sub 28 minute 3 miles and I don't get out of breath doing regular stuff." He kind of gave me a "Yeah, right."
So, I keep doing what I was doing. I could still feel my heart jumping out of my chest every time I tried to sleep. My lifting numbers were great for my peers - 40+ dads with office jobs and 3-4 kids. (215lbs; 5'9") 365 Squat, 255 Bench, 405 Deadlift. Strongest I've ever been.
Finally, my heart jumping out of my chest everytime I try to sleep scared me enough to entertain dropping TRT. I didn't have this before... let's see what happens. So I quit TRT after 3.5 years.
The couple of weeks I was fine but a little more emotional than usual. I could feel my labito deminish. (My wife was so happy) I would get super emotional listening to certain songs or seeing some pictures. But my workouts were still pretty strong.
After about week 4, everything fell off a roof. I dropped about 7lbs. My traps, delts, and pecs were noticeably smaller. I could no longer rep 225 more than 3 times. I could see and feel the last 3 years withering away from me.
The only solace. My heart issues went away. Completely. I no longer feel my heart jumping out of my chest and my Dr. is happy with me.
Looking at it, do I wish I could still do TRT? Hell yes!
With my heart issues would I still do it? Hell no... but I still find myself trying to justify it.
TLDR; Did TRT. Got more results lifting than I ever have gotten. Had abnormal heart readings after 3 yrs. Dr. prescribed diet and workout changes. Only quitting TRT seemed to help.