I Took Peptides TB-500, BCP 157 and GHRP for a Back Injury and Here is What Happened

I injured my back in October of 2018. For one year I tried rest, intense PT, chiropractic, pharmaceutical drugs, CBD, plant medicine, kinesiology, hypnosis, reiki, prayer and more. Nothing helped, I continued to get worse. I would rest for several weeks, laying on my back unable to move. Then I would start to feel well enough to try some simple physical therapy and gentle exercise but the movement would cause my back to go out again. This cycle repeated itself four times over the course of a year, each time the pain was worse than the previous. The problem was that I could not get strong enough to recover. 

Then my friend Jade told me about peptides.

She tore her shoulder and went through a similar process of trying everything out there.  She had just bought Malibu Popoyo, a surf resort in Nicaragua. She was afraid her injury would prevent her from enjoying the perfect waves out front. 

She did an ultrasound which showed large tears. She did a one month course of peptides and then had another ultrasound. Her doctor was shocked. The tears had completely filled in. I was intrigued and willing to try anything, so I did some research.

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Now, before I continue please be advised: nothing of the follow is medical advice. What I tried was completely at my own risk. There is no shortcut to being healthy. There is no miracle drug. I am not a doctor. I am simply sharing what I tried. Okay, got it? Great! Let’s keep going…


What are Peptides?

Peptides are strings of amino acids, they are the building blocks of protein. Peptides have long been used in anti-aging products. Most athletes are familiar with Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA’s) which are taken after a workout to promote a faster recovery. The peptides I tried are strings of amino acids. TB-500 is a peptide that is banned by professional sporting organizations because of the unfair advantage it gives athletes for rapid tissue repair. It has not been extensively studied for humans and is marketed mostly for horse use. Specifically it is used for race horses to recover from injuries. BCP-157 is legal for athletes to use and has been used by bodybuilders and bio-hackers for years. Ipamorelin is a growth hormone releasing peptide. In other words in helps your produce more growth hormone.

There are lots of other peptides out there. Bodybuilder forums are filled with discussions on “peptide stacks”. Most of the information I found came from bodybuilder/blogger/performance expert Ben Greenfield. His website explains exactly how to take peptides. I’m not going to explain all the science and the process of how to take them. He lays it out very well and you would be prudent to do your own research too. 


How do Peptides Help with Injury Recovery?

These peptides have been linked in rats to faster healing of wounds, tendons, ligament, muscle and other soft tissue such as the liver and intestines. My back issues were not improving because I had become so weak that doing any exercise to try to heal was causing my back to go out again. I desperately needed to get stronger but every previous attempt, no matter how cautiously I proceeded, was causing re-injury. So I decided it was worth a try.


Multiple Injections Daily

Every day for one month I gave myself 3-5 injections with an insulin needle. Surprisingly it didn’t hurt at all. I’ve given myself B vitamin injections before, which have to go into the muscle, and they were very painful. These go into the fat. I used a 31 gauge insulin needle and I couldn’t even feel it. I was nervous. This wasn’t prescribed by a doctor, it was just something I read about on a blog. The dosing seemed confusing, different blogs saying different things. Then there is the fact that the peptides come in a powdered form and you have to add special barostatic water to it and then calculate your dosing based on how much water you added. Its basic math but lots of decimal places moving around and I was afraid I might screw it up.

Peptides for injury recovery
An insulin syringe is much smaller than a needle used for drawing blood or an intramuscular injection
So What Happened?

After my first dose I was hungry after about ten minutes, like a starving woman. I ate a meal and promptly took the best two hour nap I’ve had in ages. By day two I was sleeping like a bear, no more waking up from pain, no more restless dreams. During week two of taking peptides, my sisters came to visit me where I live in Hawaii. They wanted to go hiking, snorkeling and surfing. Before I started taking the peptides I was able to walk, swim or surf no more than 20-30 minutes and no more than twice per week. After each exertion I would need at least three days of complete rest. But with out of town guests I wanted to try to keep up. We did something active for at least a couple of hours every day. Although I was sore, I woke up the each day feeling refreshed and ready to go again. This was something new! 

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The first hike I took in over a year thanks to peptides!


Side Effects

I was more hungry than normal. I don’t count calories but I bet I was eating maybe 500 more calories per day. But I didn’t gain a single pound over the course of the month, in fact I felt leaner. I’m sure all the extra energy was needed for tissue repair.

My skin looked healthier.

I noticed no other side effects.

One thing to be aware of is the fact that peptides can speed up the growth of cancer. Since they speed up all tissue growth that includes the division of cancer cells. This is why it is recommended to cycle on and off peptides. You should not do more than one month at a time. 


Final Results

After one month I have far less pain and way more stamina. I am going to pilates 1-2 times per week plus physical therapy weekly and doing the exercises at home daily. I’m walking, biking or surfing for 30-45 minutes daily. It’s not where I was before the injury but it a massive improvement. At last, I feel like I’m moving toward recovery rather than back sliding. 

Peptides for injury recovery
Reconstituting the powder into a liquid to be injected was a little tricky since none of the blogs laid out clearly exactly how much to use.

I have the BRCA1 genetic mutation which puts me at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer. I wish I could be on peptides all the time but unfortunately it’s just not worth it. I would definitely do some research for yourself if you are dealing with a stubborn injury or just trying to break through a performance plateau. 


Thinking of trying it? 

Here are the supplies you will need and the reading you should do:

BCP 157 See this article for everything you need to know on how to use it.

TB 500 See this article for everything you need to know on how to use it.

Ipamorelin See this article for everything you need to know on how to use it.

Insulin syringes

Barostatic water

Alcohol Prep Pads


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All the equipment you will need.

Once again. This is not medical advice. This is the wild west of supplementation. You need to talk to your doctor before starting any new program. This is simply my first hand experience. I do not know the long term side effects. Who knows maybe I will grow a third hand! You get my point, please be careful!

I am a writer and wanna-be big wave surfer. Surfing is my muse. I write about it and how it’s teaching me to live better. I hold certification as a nutritionist, personal trainer, yoga instructor, and lifeguard instructor. My story “100 Days in Mexico” of how a solo road trip surfing my way through Mexico changed my life can be found here www.melanielainewilliams.com


  1. Melanie, thank you so much for sharing your experiences. Are you still taking the peptide injections and if so when do you intend or expect to stop taking it? I dont think I could give myself that many injections but if the pain was as bad as yours I guess I could.

    • The injections were way easier than I thought! I hate needles but these honestly felt like plucking an eye brow or less. I only took them one month. I plan to take them again but I’m currently pregnant so I have not been able to go back on another course. Lemme know how it goes for you if you try!

  2. Wow Mel! This is awesome, a step in the right direction. Reading this makes me so happy. Baby steps my love… this is great news! xx

  3. Wow Mel, I am just amazed at how much I relate to your description of your injury. That one step forward and three backwards the next day is so familiar. I haven’t tried everything you have, but everything I have tried either did nothing or made things worse.
    I am slowly getting better though. One of my kids ran off the other day like little kids do so I chased after her, but she just kept running.
    Then it hit me: I’m running! Whoa, that’s cool. Honestly thought I’d never run again (thought I’d never walk again at one point).
    So interested in how your journey continues. Thanks for sharing your story.. Mal

    • Thanks for sharing your story Mal. I had a similar experience where I offered to watch my friends’ kid while they surfed together. I had been laying in bed for almost three weeks. Suddenly I found myself sitting on the ground racing trucks around. I was like, “OMG I’m sitting up and bending over!” It was actually a big turning point for me because mentally I was doing very poorly. The depression was feeding my injury. I believe the mental work is more than half the battle. Keep going my friend! and I will too!


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