HGH & FMS Experiment

Where Human Growth Hormone Meets Fibromyalgia

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Long time, no see…

Posted by Thumper on March 26, 2014

My regular blog is Thumper Thinks Out Loud. Since I am no longer on HGH, I won’t likely update this blog.


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:::Waves At Y’all:::

Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007

…And here we are.

As noted in the first post of this blog, which is buried waaaaay down there, HGH & FMS Experiment was born over on Blogger; somewhere along the line I got tired of repeating myself (“How’s it going?” Well just SPIFFY!”) and slacked off.

I’ve gotten email complaints about that over the last year, so with a little more experience with the HGH and how it affects my FMS, I figured why the heck not start all over again.

Everything that was over there, is now over here; surf through the last couple says of January 07 and through today, and you’ll have it all. I’d point everyone back to the Blogger archives, but when Blogger decided to move everyone to a new server, all the archives went =poof= and they aren’t accessbile without some contortions.

I kept them on my hard drive, though, so here they be…

And here be HGH & FMS Experiment; I’ll try to update at least once a week.

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Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007

Ok…I think it’s time for me to admit this blog just isn’t going anywhere. For the longest time I had nothing to blog other than “well, I still feel great, the HGH is obviously working…”

And on the FMS front, it still is.


I am in pain. Lots of pain. It wrapped itself around my lower back and crept into my right hip, and didn’t let go. After x-rays and an MRI and lots of bloodwork, it’s been determined that I have a wonderful case of arthritis in my back and hip.

So until I get that under control, I doubt I’ll be blogging about the wonders of HGH. I’m leaving the blog up and the archives available for anyone new surfing in hoping for info on FMS and HGH…it really did do wonders for me. I’m still taking it and won’t quit until I’m told to (I don’t know if it will accelerate the spread of arthritis; I do know that if one has an actively frowing tumor or cancer, HGH treatment is stopped because it can cause rapidly growth of abnormal cells…)

See ya later.
Take care.
My other blog is still Thumper Thinks Out Loud. You’re more than welcome to read me whine over there…

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Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007

Happy New Year 🙂

You know how everyone makes those resolutions: exercise more, lose weight, become thin and happy and beautiful and rich?

Well, I didn’t make any this year (except I would like to win the lottery, which would require buying tickets, which I never seem to remember to do) but hearing everyone else talk about them has made me realize that I have–yet again–really dropped the ball when it comes to working out.

Since we moved, I haven’t felt as motivated. In Ohio, I had friends to work out with. People to make sure I went to the gym and let the Skinny Little Thing torture me. People to go on long walks with.

Since we got here, I haven’t put nearly the effort into it, and I think I’m getting a teensy bit more flabby than I was before.

So it’s not a resolution, but dangit, I need to do more things that make me break into a sweat. I have tons of things within walking distance, and the apartment complex we moved into has a fitness center.

I should use it more often.
I should…

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Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007


Worst case scenrio followed: I wound up going to a civilian pharmacy to get my HGH. Just 4 vials, a few days more than a month’s worth.

The bill, before TriCare kicks in and I pay my measly $9.00 co-pay… $1300.00

Holy cow.

It’s a good thing this is really working for me, or I think I’d feel guilty about it.

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Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007

A little crimp in my HGH regimin… I saw the endocrinologist at the base hospital (very nice guy, seems on the ball and quite personable) and he has no problem renewing my HGH scrip–the problem is that the pharmacy here doesn’t carry the cartridges the dose I use comes in, and the ones they do carry titrate in such a way that I wouldn’t be able to get that small a dose into an insulin syringe.

He’s seeing if he can get the pharmacist to order what I need, but I’ve only got about 8 days worth left.

So, we shall see. Worst case scenario he writes a paper scrip for me and I find a local pharmacy that accepts TriCare, and I pay the co-pay. Or I submit to TriCare’s mail order pharmacy and get it in a week or two.

Recalling how uncomfortable I got for the 10 days or so I didn’t take it, I’m not looking forward to a delay, but that’s mostly my fault for waiting so long to get a referral to the endo clinic here.

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Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007

Wow…I can’t believe how long I let this blog just sit here, collecting dust and cobwebs and God knows what else…

Short story made long: I moved from Ohio back to California (Spouse Thingy retired from the military, w00t!) and in the transition I didn’t work out for about 6 weeks (well, the transition and a bad knee…) plus there was about 10 days there when I didn’t take my HGH.

The results of that combination? I started to feel achy again, and my oomph just vanished. About a week after I got back on it, my energy levels quickly crept back up, and I’m ready to hit the gym again (which, wonderfully, the apartment complex we’re in has for free…)

Funny thing (not funny ha-ha, though) is that during the move I lost 5 pounds.
And I’m not gonna go look for them, either.

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Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007

Wow, I haven’t worked out in 2 weeks, I don’t think. Today’s the first day I’ve ever remotely felt like I could, but I didn’t; I’m waiting until Monday. I still have a residual cough, and while I can finally take in a deep breath without trying to hack up a lung, I don’t want to push it.

No increased pain, however, and I didn’t gain any weight. Both good.

I did forget to take my HGH last night–first time since I started it, I think. I usually take all my meds at the same time, but I took the other stuff early, thinking I’d do the injection at the regular time… Well, that didn’t work out. I didn’t shrink a foot and a half and my innards have not imploded, so I assume one missed dose won’t mean much in the grand scheme of things.

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Posted by Thumper on February 3, 2007

Ok, so I was wrong. The doc didn’t just look at my lab values and say “Oh, you’re normal, so let’s leave it at that.” He took a real look at it and doubled the synthroid dose. So hopefully it’ll push into the therapeutic range sooner rather than later; it’s not just a weight issue…I’m tired of being cold all the time.

I’ve spent the last 10 days or so with a nasty cough that turned into full blown whatever…not sure what, just that what started out as only being annoying kind of knocked me on my keister for a few days, so I haven’t worked out at all for a week. And I have a feeling that when I can get back to the gym it might be like starting over. I’m not sure if the FMS will rear its ugly head and rob me of all the endurance I gained or not.

But, as soon as I can breathe normally, I will get back to the gym, and the Skinny Little Thing who does such a good job at torturing us all…

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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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