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    Daz69

    First cycle advice

    Only thing I’d recommend is just stop after 10 weeks rather than tapering There is a methodology to tapering, ie: to allow blood testosterone to reduce at a slower rate, so as not to reduce the negative feedback signal by becoming too estrogen dominant as you come off.. That's why a low dose AI might be prudent as he tapers also.. Anyone who says you can’t keep gains once coming off is drug reliant and lazy. Over the longer term if all things equal, homeostasis will determine you eventually return to pre-cycle levels (unless something changes, like diet, training intensity etc).. PCT... well I’d suggest talking to a doc. Most Dr's won't have a clue... Most Endo's seem to know very little.. To be honest a lot of people don’t bother with PCT after a cycle such as the one you’ve listen but if you want to be safe 2 weeks of clomid and 4 weeks of a natural T booster should have you covered... Two weeks of clomiphene isn't enough to do anything, not that it's proven to raise levels permanently anyway..(If damage has occured it is too late, although unlikely on 250mg testosterone).. I wasn't aware there was a natural testosterone booster that actually worked..??
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    Try some glute stretches:
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    Hey Justin.. I've had a chat at work, noting you stated pain is not as bad as previously experienced, but still there.. Is there, or has there been anything abnormal in the limb below injury, such as pins n needles, loss of sensation, loss of motor control..?? It does sound like maybe you have hit a major nerve.. As long as there is still mild improvement, see how things go, but I do appreciate 2 months is longer than we would like or expect.. If no change ( improvement) after maybe 2 more weeks, you could visit your GP stating a Vitamin B-12 injection was responsible... :0)
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    I'm wondering if the pinning is more likely coincidence , and that the real issue is spinal nerve entrapment/or not..? Nerves are very small and more likely would be displaced by the needle as opposed to being severed by it.. (which is unlikely as you'd no doubt experience sensory disturbance and motor loss etc amongst other things below the site of detachment).. You could have damaged the outer myelin sheath and or nicked the axon, but not severed it, although it is possible.. The central and peripheral nervous system do heal themselves after injury (in most cases).. Healthy fats (that's any fat other than trans fat) plus Vit B-12 assist in repair, make sure your diet is rich in these..
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    Can't say I've heard of this before (lasting so long)..?? Does it follow any of the tracks on this link:
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    Has anyone switched between keto and high carb for cutting and bulking phases? I thought about trying the keto diet during my cutting phase (+/- carb cycling), then switching to a standard high carb diet for bulking once I'm at an acceptable body fat percentage. I know its possible to bulk with keto, but my carb requirements are high and I can't lift heavy when my glycogen stores are deplete. My understanding is that keto diets burn fat more quickly than standard diets due to low levels of insulin release (as insulin stores fat, increases transport of glucose into cells which then converts to fat, and increases the difficulty of cells to breakdown and release fat), so wouldn't it make sense to cut with a keto diet, and then bulk with high carb? Should I stick to high carb and focus more on caloric deficit and lifting heavy for cutting, then caloric surplus for bulking?
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    Daz69

    Trt e2 levels help

    Initial nipple sensitivity can disappear after a few weeks, have you tried lowering aromasin, then tapering off to see if sensitivity returns..? Bloat is part of taking AAS, expect some intra/extracellular water retention.. 250mg/week is "NOT TRT"..!! try lowering to 80-125mg/week if you are after genuine TRT levels, E2 might not be a problem then.. Oestradiol is within range, but be aware for males sensitive oestradiol LC/MS is the preferred method of testing: https://www.labcorp.com/test-menu/24871/estradiol-sensitive-lc-ms# Adult Men. The use of a sensitive, LC/MS assay for serum E2 measurement in males is preferred over direct immunoassays because of its greater sensitivity and lesser interference by other steroids.28 In males, estradiol is present at low concentrations in blood, but it is extraordinarily high in semen.4 4. Stocco C. Tissue physiology and pathology of aromatase. Steroids. 2012 Jan; 77(1-2):27-35. PubMed 22108547 28. Handelsman DJ, Newman JD, Jiménez M, McLachlan R, Sartorius G, Jones GR. Performance of direct estradiol immunoassays with human male serum samples. Clin Chem. 2014 Mar; 60(3):510-517. PubMed 24334824
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    Hercfeend

    Nootropic & Cognitive Enhancer

    Creatine monohydrate & caffeine , which I imagine you may well be taking already, are amongst the most effective Nootropic. As Creatine also has the well known benefits associated with exercise performance and recovery I'd say you're on to a winner with that alone. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/nootropics
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    Pseudonym

    Keto diet

    Hey Iron46, welcome to Gymnation. Over the years, I've tried various "special" diets, from keto, to CKD, to the anabolic diet, to intermittent fasting... you name it. Basically, I've come to the conclusion that if these diets work at all, they do so simply because they're restricting calories - not because of some other magical reason. My suggestion is this: - Track what you're eating in an app like MyFitnessPal. You don't have to do this forever, but do it long enough that you can see what an average day's meal contains in terms of protein, carbs, and fat - and therefore how many calories. - Reduce those calories. How you do this is up to you... You could reduce meal sizes across the the board. You could drop a meal altogether (I tend to skip breakfast because it suits me to do that). Or you could eat "normally" (as long as it's clean and healthy) for 6 days a week, and just designate one day as a low-calorie day. Ultimately it doesn't matter, as long as your average daily calorie intake is lower. It's about what will suit your lifestyle and be easiest for you to sustain on an on-going basis. Diets like keto that severely restrict what foods you can eat, IMO, are much too hard to sustain long-term. Hope that helps.
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