I have been treated for high cholesterol (FH) since I was 18 (23 years ago) and have always suffered side effects that put me off taking medication. The worst has been statins (in all forms) with muscle pains that stopped me playing football & running. My cholesterol levels have been jumping up & down (from 7.0 - 11.2) with the highest level recorded after sticking to my medication rigorously for a year in spite of terrible aches and pains. At my latest appointment my consultant basically said that he is out of ideas and that I must decide whether to take statins or accept having a 50% more chance of having a heart attack by the time I am 50! Not exactly encouraging. I have to decide now if I can commit to taking the drugs, accepting the side effects, or suffer the (possible) consequences. At the moment I am very confused (especially with a lot of negative hype about statins) & quite frankly scared! I have a wife & three young kids and have a responsibility to them also!!!