I am concerned and a little intrigued by the fairly recent body of opinion that has grown up around the issue of whether statins are good or bad - in the latter case, held to be an evil promoted by "big pharma" and the doctors they "bribe" to sell their wares.
I do not know if they are good or bad: I have been on 40mg. Symvastatin for about a year and at first did get some muscle pains - mainly in my upper arms (triceps). Having read that this is largely due to statins lowering levels of Q10 I invested in some 30mg Q10 tablets, which helped. I then stepped up to 100mg and do not seem to have any more pains than I used to have before the statins (I am 69 so obviously get the occasional aches and pains anyway).
As far as them being pushed by the medical profession, this was certainly not so in my case. I was concerned about cholesterol as my maternal grandmother died of a heart attack at 76, but had had angina for years, my mother died of one at 70. I have therefore always been careful with my diet (along the possibly erroneous guidelines about saturated fat etc. that we were given over the past 20 years) and exercise (walk the dog briskly every day) so was concerned my cholesterol level turned out to be a little over 6 with 3 to 1 LDL to HDL. I asked my GP if I should be on statins but he thought not - levels not enough to justify possible side effects.
3 years later I have had a number of problems - clot in the optic nerve, plaque in the carotid artery and now angina following a very unpleasant attack one evening. I am now on statins, aspirin and a betablocker (Cardiocor) prescribed by a cardiologist. I had a year of some discomfort and breathlessness but seem to have gradually and almost imperceptibly improved and am now feeling pretty good and able to walk at my old brisk pace unless it is just after a meal when I have to pace myself for a while. I also find my legs ache a bit if I walk too fast up hills which the GP thinks could be the beta-blockers reducing blood flow rather than muscle aches due to statins; who knows?
So - have statins helped or even saved me? I don't know. Until we know more (will we ever?) I would rather take them than not. I have also seen research which appears to indicate (from memory) about a 33% reduction in heart problems on those taking statins - no doubt someone will have the proper figures.
In the light of the warnings - or scaremongering? - about statins and low cholesterol that are becoming prevalent in these blogs, I would love to see some educated scientific and/or medical input.