My Rheumatologist has prescribed statins (I do not have high cholesterol or high blood pressure). I am on a reducing steroid regime for GCA having started at 60mg per day and am now down to 8mg per day. I do also have claudication in my right calf due, they think, to Cystic Adventitial Disease ( this developed after the GCA). I am also on 75mg aspirin per day.
Do you think that statins would be beneficial? I was not able to discuss this with the Rheumatoligist as he made the recommendation to my GP after the appointment was over. (Next appt. will be in 6 mths "If I'm lucky" as he is very busy.)
I presume he has suggested them as a way of protecting arteries but I know that statins reduce good cholesterol levels as well as bad. I'm not very keen to take them. Also, do you know if it would be ok to take cod liver oil instead of aspirin. I know you can get stomach bleeds from aspirin and I don't like the idea of taking them very long term.