HGH & FMS Experiment

Where Human Growth Hormone Meets Fibromyalgia

8/22/2004

Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007

I had bloodwork done this last week in anticipation of an appointment with my endocrinologist on the 26th. Having access to the hospital computers, the Spouse Thingy got all my lab values (except for Growth Hormone levels, which had to be sent to an outside lab) yesterday … everything came back in the normal range.

Thing is, my Free T4 just *barely* came back normal. On the scale they use .78 is the absolute bottom of normal and mine came back as .80–technically normal, but still. I’m still symptomatic–cold most of the time, nails break easy, and I can’t seem to lose weight no matter what. My doc, as good as he is, seems to be a medical minimalist. It’s like “we got you into the normal range, let’s not muck around anymore.”

I’d rather be in the therapeutic range, thankeweverymuch, but I’m not the one writing the scrips.

My endurance is still increasing, I think, and I’m able to push a little harder during workouts (and when you compare to when I first started all this over a year ago, it’s serious pushing…maybe not if compared to other healthy people, but against myself. Why, I impress myself 😉 ) During the Boot Camp aerobics class, where I was power walking during those portions of class where everyone else is running, I can now jog–well, somewhat. I’m wearing a heart rate monitor now, and if I go above my max, I have to back off, or else the instructor thinks I’m going to just keel over and die right on the spot.

I suppose that would put a dent in her day, to have some 40-something woman just pop off and die 20 minutes into class…

She’s a really good instructor, too. She pushes hard but realizes individual limits and works with those. These classes are honestly tougher than the TKD classes I took back when I was in really good shape. I think they’re a good part of my improvement lately.

I’ll be curious to see what the HGH levels are when they come in. I’m still on a very, very low dose, but it’s obviously working. I do wonder, though, if you’re taxing your muscles for growth if your body sucks it all up quicker, and if my levels will come back a tad lower. Just conjecture on my part, no real basis in any reality I know of.

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