I am 71 years of age and 2 years ago my GP persuaded me to start taking statins (10mg daily) because on a routine check my cholesterol was high and my blood pressure raised. At that time I was perfectly fit and active, a bit over weight but generally in good shape. I am a non smoker for 10 years. Non the less, using their guidelines I was in the area where the GP considered statins would reduce my chances of a heart attack or stroke.
Now, some 2 years on, I am suffering from joint and muscle pain throughout my body. It is adversely affecting my daily routine. It started with a sort of tennis elbow, then ankle joint pain, followed by pain in the left knee that feels like a twist. In recent days, many other muscles are aching, in the neck, back, legs and fingers. All these problems have arisen over a period of one year.
Last night I researched the problem on line and was astonished to find so many others suffering in the same way. I had not considered statins as a possible cause of the problem and feel let down by my GP for not warning me of the side affects. I am making an appointment to see my GP in the next few days but will stop taking the statins immediately.
I have joined your community and am really grateful for all the information made available through your columns. I will post after my visit to the GP.