Four years ago following having a stent, I was given statins. Over the course of a year I tried every statin and other cholesterol lowering drug, before my consultant agreed I was intolerant of them all and took me off them. Each one caused severe muscle pain and exhaustion combined with other symptoms which prevented me from taking any real exercise. Once off the drugs I gradually improved over the course of the following 9 months, but then started to experience muscle pain and fatigue again. I had blood tests done and the end result was a diagnosis of fibromyalgia, which is given only after the elimination of other conditions. I would be interested to discover whether there is either some genetic or causal link between my intolerance to statins and the development of fibromyalgia? Did I have an underlying myalgia when trialling the statins or did the statins trigger the condition? Perhaps I am just genetically prone to develop this condition. I guess I'll never know, but would be interested to hear others' experiences of long term muscle pain and fatigue which has either continued or recurred after stopping statins.