HGH & FMS Experiment

Where Human Growth Hormone Meets Fibromyalgia

4/04/2003

Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007

I found one of the pounds I lost. I expected as much, but it was not a happy discovery—I would have been very happy for it to stay lost, never to be found again. I may find another one tomorrow morning; we had a coupon for a free Big Mac, and talked ourselves into it. That’s “we” as in the Spouse Thingy and I, not the collective voices in my head (those voices tried to talk me into a hot fudge sundae…)

Or, I may get lucky. Breakfast today was a banana (no Pop Tart, surprise-surprise), I skipped lunch, and we had dinner very early (eh, we’re getting old, we ate at 4:30) so if I don’t really eat anything else tonight, it might not do too much damage.

I took today off from working out; energy-wise* I could have done it, but I felt some strain in my quads, shoulders, and back, and figured 2 days on, 1 day off wasn’t a bad way to go initially. We’re planning on hitting the Y tomorrow on doing some weight training, and if the pool isn’t crowded, a little water walking or swimming (but probably not an entire hour’s worth.)

From email: How did you manage to get your doctor to prescribe HGH, and is the injectable different from the oral spray? Is it expensive?

My endocrinologist was willing to prescribe HGH only after testing my IGF-I levels a couple of times, and then he required me to under go an Insulin Stress Test for a final check before writing the scrip. The insulin stress test isn’t something to undertake lightly, though to be honest, I didn’t know it was a dangerous test until he was standing there with several residents and said “Now this is a dangerous test…” I still would have done it.

As far as I know (from surfing around online, so take it for what it’s worth), the oral HGH sprays are completely ineffective.

Injectable HGH is very expensive; anywhere from $700-1000 a month. I would not be able to afford it if we had to pay the costs ourselves—being able to try this now is another benefit of the Spouse Thingy being in the military. I would guess that if it were prescribed by a civilian endocrinologist with supporting lab values, insurance would cover it. I wouldn’t place a cash bet on an HMO paying for it, though.

*since it’s only been four days, I’m assuming my surge in energy is a placebo effect, but I’m not complaining. I’ve definitely felt more alert the last couple of days, and not nearly as fogged.

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