Hello Everybody, here is my story, my Grandma died age 48 in 1973 prior to my birth and my Father died in 1986 when I was 11, both had high cholesterol and both died of heart attacks.
I was tested as a result of my fathers death and found to have high cholesterol, I don't know what level it was back then but I was refered to the hospital and placed on a special diet at school.
At 16 (1991) the hospital said that they no longer wanted to see me and that my levels were acceptable.
I decided to go off my own back to my local gp for a blood test in 2004 age 30 and the results were 10.5
I workout everyday, weights and cardio, I rarely drink and don't smoke, so i thought this will be easily addressed, dieted and got it to 8.4, as a result I was placed on Lipitor 40 mg.
My levels then went down to 6.2 and I was placed on ezetimibe 10 mg and in conjunction with my statin, this got me to 4.7......everybody happy.
Then in 2010 I had loads of problems in my life, I dismissed my medication as a cause as the common side effects were muscle pain, i had no physical pain but I noticed that since taking the statins in 2006 I had been developing loads of dark thoughts, I realised that I had no feelings for anybody/anything, like depression but i didnt think I was depressed.....the Doctor agreed that I could come off my statins for a period of 3 months to see if I felt better.
I ate very strict during this time off the statins, took oil of evening primrose, lecithin and plant sterols, I felt better....brilliant.......then tested bloods back to 8.4.......I was gutted
The doctor is now trying me on Crestor 10 mg and it seems to be ok, I no longer have dark thoughts and have yet to go back and have my levels checked............I did not think statins could influence my emotions and mental state.