Damn man, the PIP is real! I’d read about PIP on many a steroid forum, and what you can do about it. But I didn’t really think much about it. How bad can it hurt? It’s a tiny little needle.
Ahhh, there’s the rub. PIP is POST injection pain. I thought it was about pain related to giving yourself a shot, but it actually has nothing to do with the needle itself. It’s the muscle soreness the day after. So if you want to know how to avoid pip you need to learn how to not cause trauma to the muscle.
So Laaaaaaaaaaaaaaay down! The Pip is real!
Now all I can think about is this song, lol
Annnnnnyway. My first shot of Test E went fine, very smooth, no issues. I honestly was so excited, I don’t even think I felt it. My second shot however…. the shot itself was fine, but the day after I was CRIPPLED. And for a solid 4 days my left thigh was in crazy pain.
Now I’ve had broken bones, and I have full sleeve tattoos on both arms. It’s not pain like that. It doesn’t hurt when you’re sitting around, it’s the kind of pain that makes you want to stop using that muscle.
You limp. You walk down stairs awkwardly. I was in the parking lot at work and my car surged forward. I realized without thinking about it, I’d popped the clutch out, because my left leg hurt. It’s THAT kind of pain. I cancelled a yoga class. I skipped a bike ride. It’s almost more like an injury than pain.
I got a little worried, and thought maybe I had a horrible infection. Except it wasn’t red, or hot, or THAT swollen. And I was IMMACULATE with keeping things sterile. Pretty unlikely.
After hours of googl’ing I finally figured out what caused it. There are lots of things that can cause PIP. But in my case, and probably for anyone new to this, the most likely culprit is this –
PIP is caused by injecting too quickly
After ruling out infection, or bad gear, or overdosed gear, or gear with too much alcohol, I realized it must be the speed.
The thing is, I did my research and every video I watched of people injecting steroids, they basically did the actual injecting – the pushing down on the plunger of the shot – as fast as possible. No one ever mentioned that you want to go SLOWLY so as not to cause trauma to the muscle.
And honestly it goes against your natural instinct to go slow. YOU HAVE A FREAKIN NEEDLE HANGING OUT OF YOUR BODY. You kinda’ want to get it over with and pull it out asap. But that unfortunately causes bad pain in the days after.
For my third shot of Test E, I set the timer on my phone and spent a solid MINUTE – 60 seconds, injecting the testosterone. And it worked! Virtually no PIP the next day, and no PIP since.
I’m guessing that second shot (the one with the bad PIP) I probably did the injecting in about 15 seconds. You can’t go much faster than that, Test E is thick (these are oil-based steroids after all) and the needle is thin – 25g.
So there you have it. If you’re getting injection site pain or PIP the solution is simple – gooooooooooo sloooooooooooooooow yooooooooo!