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My GP has gone against the specialist!

Went to my GP's at stupid o'clock this morning. Had to wait for some time to see him but he does know my heart problems well. I explained how my previous visit to another GP took me off Statins because of the pain in my thighs? I had my Diltiazem doubled to 240 and since then my breathing has been worse and the legs are swelling right past my knees as the day goes on. I was on Sotalol twice a day and did not seem to feel as rough as I do now but it was stopping my preventive inhalers from getting into my lungs he told me?

The GP said straight away this is a common problem with diltiazem but is being widely used more as it can help in many ways. "I would of put you on Water tablets but I know they do not suit you tell me why" I explained that "I feel like I have been punched in the kidneys and the pain is far worse than now"

He asked to see the left leg which is always the worse for me. I explained how much better it is in the morning and it will treble in the size it is now by the evening! He said that he will drop me down to 120 and that should help but when you next see the cardiologist explain to him what is happening? I then had to explain it was the Lung Specialist that changed my tablets from the Sotalol and I do not have any appointments with a cardiologist! But did see one when I was in ambulatory care who wanted me back on Sotalol but when the lung and heart doc argued their cases to each other the Lung doc won? His only comment was "specialist don't you love them?"

I am now back on my Statins even though I am still 3.5 had to have another prescription for the diltiazem as I used all my 120 up and now have 240 in my medical drawer for when I see the specialist who no doubt will insist I go back to 240?

Ambulatory Care tomorrow so probably another story to be told?

Be Well

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So to hear bout trouble ya having :( not much consolation BUT your not on your own with WA#### Doctors Gps

Mine was lucky I was tired this morning ... going to ask mine about those cells put pic on here of as I think the mycoplasma cells the been keeping secret.

Anyway sorry the giving you run around hope things in prove for ya ;)


Well at least he has changed the tabs that non of the others did/would.


Hi Offcut, it's awful when the 'experts' don't seem to know what they're doing.

I was put on statins because my reading was 8 point something. I stopped them because of severe pains in my legs. I think that reading all the negative stories about them, helped me to get paranoid about taking them.

I now don't think they were causing my pain because, I have Fybromyalgia, Polymyalgia, Osteporosis and another auto-immune disease, so it could be any one of those causing it.

I also remembered I did have the leg pain before starting them, it was just nowhere near as severe as it is now and it's been well over a year since I stopped them. I've decided that if my numbers go up again, I will restart them.

The medical profession announced again the other day that statins have slashed strokes and heart attacks by a third. They are proving to be beneficial for several other things too. Maybe your docter just thinks your better off on them, regardless of your low reading. Although, I can imagine your disappointment at being left none the wiser again. xx


I was told that they have to prescribe them for cholesterol but they do do other things beside (statin reduces levels of "bad" cholesterol (low-density lipoprotein, or LDL) and triglycerides in the blood, while increasing levels of "good" cholesterol (high-density lipoprotein, or HDL).)

It is also useful for people with Angina which I get. I keep being tested now for RA Now (after a long battle) but all I ever get back is it does not seem I am bad enough?

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Hi Offcut, I hope the change GP made helps & that you will soon feel recovered. Love Margaret x


I think the Ambultary care will change it back?


Hi Offcut what a mess but I do agree with your GP some of these consultants think they are God and often don't have a clue what they are doing I hope this change of meds help you


Oh so true, the big problem is they are too specialist now!


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