statins

a very interesting topic in all the news today side effects of statins my symptoms which i attribute to statins are constant muscle pain in my affected side left arm and hand mainly so i have decided to stop takng them for a while an see if i have any relief my cholesterol was an has always been normal, when i mentioned the pain to my doctor he said you will always have that ,something i am not willing to accept , does anyone else have any views on this topic

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  • There was a recent report on statins that suggested that there may be more considerable side effects than previously thought and this raised concerns for those taking statins as a preventative measure...but the news I have seen today is reported as coming from the result of further extensive study which has shown that only a very small percentage of people experience any side effects at all from taking statins and concludes that the benefits far outweigh any minor risks.

    When you say you experience pain in your "affected side"...is this affected by a stroke or injury? I know that some people do experience enduring pain but rather than just saying that you will always have the pain, perhaps your doctor could refer you to a pain management clinic?

  • thanks for the reply but ive been ther done that got the teeshirt all they did was bback the doctor and agreing the medication iwas o was suitable. i am on gabapentin and they have quadrupled my dose yet still no pain relies it just makes me groggy and clumsy

  • I am sorry your experience of the pain clinic was not good. I guess I was lucky as I had a really good experience... they asked me lots of questions about daily function and pain levels , about what I hoped to achieve and they discussed a wide range of options including assorted meds and other therapies that can be used alongside. I need to be able to function so meds that make me drowsy are not an option for everyday use for sure. I found them to be pleasant and open about options. and I came away with a plan which was reviewed in clinic at regular intervals and adjusted as necessary... I found it very positive and that was why I suggested the pain clinic.

  • Statins are bad for your health!

    In fact, most medication is bad for your health really. I don't touch modern medication. I don't go to the doctors no more.

    There is lots of other information to look for. Independent media, why does this sort of information not appear on the news on tv, mainstream media? Because "they" don't want the masses to know about it.

    Don't take my word for it though cos I'm no good at explaining all this but look on the internet for information: "The peoples' chemist", a man who used to work for the big pharmaceutical companies but then decided to quit when he found out that all these pharmacies do is want money and their drugs are useless.

    Doctors tell you about lowering your cholesterol. That is a massive lie. You shouldn't lower your cholesterol, you'll do further damage to your body that way. Lowering your cholesterol quickens the aging process.

    My auntie takes statins and I and my mum really don't want her to but she, like most other people, won't listen to us. Nah, she would rather follow the rest of the herd and believe what doctors tell you

    Might sound crazy but we live in a heavily corrupt world.

    Take care,

    MJ

  • Hello.

    I worked with two people who had bad experiences with statins. One girl, who was diabetic, was having constant back pain and muscle spasms. Her cholesterol levels were below 2, she was prescribed the medication simply because of her diabetes. After loads of tests and referrals to different consultants, including a heart specialist, the statins were stopped and within a couple of months most of her unwanted symptoms vanished. She now says she feels better than she has for years and her levels are still below the 5 recommended by her g.p.

    The other person's husband was on statins, also because of diabetes, and his were stopped because they were lowering his liver function. He had been feeling unwell for months.

    Although there is talk of everyone over 60 being prescribed this drug, personally I would never take them, diet and exercise is a far better way to regulate cholesterol, our own bodies make most of what is in our blood anyway.

    Try keeping a diary of your pain levels and see if you improve, I'm sure your doctor will be only too pleased to renew your prescription if you don't.

    Dottiejay

  • Hi fedupspark,

    I was wondering if you did stop taking the statins and what was the effect with the pain in your affected side? My husband had a stroke about 8 months ago and has been on statins since then. He was recovering well but a few months ago has started with pain and sometimes limping on the affected leg when walking (upper thigh area). It seems to come and go a bit but I'm wondering if this might be due to the statins. Our G.P. said it's not nerve pain because it's not there all the time but he didn't make any reference to the statins.

    I hope you're doing well anyway :)

  • hi ruby ruby,as my memory is hopless now i asked my carer my wife of 34 years , i was on atorvastatin now i am on simvastatin whether it is in my mind but the pain has decreased a litle, one thing i do rember is that just after coming home from hospital march 2014 ihad the same pain and my gp said oh you will always have that( not exactly what i wanted to hear)

    hope this helps

    peter

  • hi ruby i did stop taking the statins for a couple of weeks while my gp changed my prescription the pain level was manageable the new statins seem to agree with me but the doctor read me the riot act the annoying part is my blood pressure is an has always been normal not high and not high the same for mycholesterol when i had my stroke i ignored the warning signs men do that twoi had been having headaches for a couple of weeks before i just kept taking ibruprofen hind sight is a wonderfull th the physical side is getting better by the week but mentaly i feel like a cabbage. it is hard to accept i will never be the same as pre stroke im not even allowed out on my own and i eill never be able to drive again , my head is full of broken biscuits at my last visit to my stroke clinic i had a good talk to my stroke nurse because i had a severe stroke i will have to accept i have reached a level an this will be it , but hey im still alive and still manage my holidays in the sun

    take care

    peter

  • Hi Peter,

    thanks for your reply. It's difficult to know sometimes what might be symtoms caused by the stroke and what might be side effects of medication.

    My husband's cholesterol and blood pressure have never been high either.

    Have you read any of Norman Doidge books about the brain's ability to recover? They are very uplifting.

    All the best for your continued recovery,

    Carole (Ruby is actually our dog's name :))

  • hi Ruby because of my diminished brain capacity i have to read things five or six times and still cant absorb or process the information

    all the best for you and your husband

    take care

    peter

  • Statins are either made from fungal toxins (google mycotoxins )or man made chemical formulas that are very similar to the fungal metabolites.

    Personally I wouldn't use them but it's personal choice at end of day.

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