My muscle and join pain has gotten progressively worse over the last 6 or 7 years (about the time I began taking Crestor). I also suffer from moderate to severe osteoarthritis. I never thought the reason for my pain was taking a statin, and I also believed the pain would go away in time. In 2008, I was diagnosed with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy with an ejection fraction of 17%. I had been taking Crestor for about a year at that time. The Heart Failure Clinic (I was a patient there for the next 3 1/2 years) put me on 5 or 6 heart medications to treat my condition. Additionally I was to restrict my sodium and water intake. Once my ejection fraction improved to a 48%, I was discharged from the Clinic and told to continue taking my prescribed medication. My GP referred me to a cardiologist after hearing from me that I was feeling tired, listless and often out-of-breath. A few months passed by, and the cardiologist decided to take me off all of my medication except for Enalapril (let's give that a try, he said, because sometimes less is more). He felt that perhaps my by now excruciating muscle and joint pain might be aggravated by all the drugs I was taking. So I stopped taking all but Enalapril. In June of 2013, I was admitted to hospital once more with congestive heart failure. A cardiac MRI revealed that my ejection fraction had dropped to 23% and my heart condition had worsened somewhat. Back on medication (some the same as before and some new stuff). I was put on the pacemaker/defibrillator waiting list. On September 13th, I had the procedure done at the Pacemaker Clinic. There is still tweaking and adjustments being made to the calibration. O.K. all this to say/ask: Is anyone familiar with my health problems - 1) Could the statin have been the reason for my cardiomyopathy? 2) If so, will getting off the statin improve my heart condition? 3) Will my muscle & joint pain get better over time, and if so, how much time. I need to walk to give my heart a moderate cardio workout after my pacemaker/defibrillator, and walking any distance is almost impossible with bum knees, hips, calves, ankles, etc. I would appreciate receiving information from you if you've experience anything near my experience. Thank you!
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