• GeorgeBMac

    Points one and two are not correct. The medical profession has been conditioned to dismiss or explain away claims of muscle problems — unless they are accompanied by confirming lab data (like a CK level) — so these problems are under-reported (which makes for a self-fulfilling prophecy).

    But the truth is, among those who exercise a lot, statins do impair exercise by weakening the muscles. And, this is well documented fact that statins impair the production of Q10 as part of the same process they use to impair the production of cholesterol. The processes cannot be separated. To reduce the amount of cholesterol the body produces, they have to reduce the amount of Q10 it produces. And, Q10 is required for the mitochondria to produce ATP — which is the fuel used by muscles to do their work. If you don’t have enough Q10, you won’t have enough ATP and your muscles will be weak and tired…

    In addition, earlier this year a study was completed that proved that those who take a statin have a 20% increased risk for sprains and strains and various musculoskeletal injuries. But, again, physicians have been conditioned to ignore those complaints — so they are under-reported.

    Yes, statins can save you life. But if you take them, over a perioid of years, be prepared for these muscle problems to creep up on you. They tend to be insidious.

    • Kaye H

      OH, YES…I had severe muscle cramps…tried several different lbrands, and never ever had a night’s sleep while on them. Would walk the cramps off only to be awakened again and start the same routine. I give up….my doctor is disappointed, but I cannot fathom going another night with a statin…no matter what the brand name or dosage.

  • Debbie

    I took Simvistatin for about two years. I felt I was turning into a walking zombie! I worked on my feet for 6 1/2 hrs, 5 days a week. I couldn’t wait for the end of the day when I could sit down. My brother, who had had a stroke and heart attack, had also been on it and decided to quit taking the drug. He said within 2weeks he felt so much better, so I did the same. Such a huge difference, but too late, the damage had already been done. No doctor will believe me that this has affected me greatly. I had started walking with a limp for no known reason. No pain behind the limp, but I was still experiencing muscle pain. In the middle of my back, shoulders, elbows, hands , feet, knees. Recently had a Microdiscectomy on my L5- S1. Didn’t stop any of this pain. But now I face the possibility of Parkinson’s!? Was it brought on by the pain I have endured these past 5 years? I don’t use a lot of pain relievers, I just live with the pain. I’m not seeking drugs per say, but I want answers! I have tried using like Tramadol or a pain relief drug right before I go to bed and I awake with less pain. What can I do? I will not take statins ever again. I am beginning to think this is why my dad was walking the way he was but he is now deceased so I can’t ask him about it! Just frustrated!

  • ak

    Doctors with a good bedside manner are 90 times less likely to be sued for malpractice, then those who like to pretend they are a tv star and scream at their patients.

  • frustrated patient

    Probably sponsored by the makers of lipitor…doctors should pay attention to diet and life stile changes instead of continuing to push drugs that make people sicker. What is the last thing they have cured? Exactly, nothing.

    • Dillonvale1964

      For some of us, diet and lifestyle changes are enough to keep cholesterol under control. For many, though, it’s not enough. Argue all you want, but that is a scientific fact. Doctors can’t just tell everybody to go home and eat their vegetables and watch them get sicker and possibly die. You’d sue the doc for malpractice for not giving you drugs.

      • GeorgeBMac

        True… BUT:
        Even if you followed the typical heart diet (like the AHA), you would still not lower cholesterol enough to matter. You need to go further — such as onto the Ornish reversal diet… (I.e.,less of a bad thing is still bad for you — and that’s what the health care profession usually pushes when it comes to lifestyle changes).

        Also, the health care profession cannot simply tell people to clean up their life style. Most people do not have the knowledge or resources to be able to do that. They need to support the patient in making those changes with knowledge (such as what to buy and how to cook it — or how & how much to exercise) and then follow-up with ongoing support for those changes…

        In the end, the patient will be better off and the cost of preventing a problem is always less than fixing one once it happens.

        • rosalind

          hI, i FOUND UR COMMENT’S INTERESTING, i AM WONDERING IF CERTAIN PPL R PEDISPOSED TO THE MUSCLE PAINS. i HAVE BEEN ON STATIN FOR 5 YEARS NOW BECAUSE OF FAMILY HISTORYOF HEART DISEASE. i AM 70 YRS OLD, i PLAY TENNIS TWICE A WEEK, THE y ONE DAY A WEEK. i PLAY 3.5 SINGLE STILL AND 3.5 DOUBLES. THE GIRLS i PLAY IN SINGLES R 29 AND 39 AND THE 6 R IN EARLY 40′S. NO PROBLEMS WITH MY MUSCLES AT ALL. THE INTERESTING QUESTION IS, i’m I the exception? The fact that I have always worked out, in high school and since, may have made the diff. I have played tenis since I was 35, but very very active before, during and since. What r ur feelings about this?

          • GeorgeBMac

            It’s good that you are maintaining a healthy lifestyle. And, it is good that you tolerate the statin so well — because statins have been proven to improve your chances of not developing vascular diseases.

            But, at the same time, they also increase your chances of developing muscle weakness, muscle wasting diseases as well as muscle injuries…

            The trouble is that those side affects are often insidious and we don’t realize that they are happening. And, quite often, the health care profession is well conditioned to promote the statin and dismiss or marginalize any claims about related side affects.
            But, the key to all of that is: statins ‘increase the chances’ … that you will not develop vascular diseases and also that you will develop muscle related problems. But they do not guarantee either…

        • FHL72

          Ahh, but the profits of selling pharmaceuticals is even better than actually fixing any problems. If health problems are eradicated, who will big pharma sell their drugs to?

  • Duane Abbajay

    I will Avoid statins unless absolutely necessary. I have witnessed the cognitive decline of many once they began statins.

  • Dee

    Since I have started lipitor 1 1/2 months ago I am frequently constipated.

  • Ana Pantoja

    Muy bueno

  • sfFan

    I quit counting after my doctors prescribed the third type of statin. Every one caused muscle weakness and muscle pain. And they didn’t seem to have any affect on my triglyceride levels, which was my main problem. I finally quit taking statins altogether, with my doctors’ approval and get my blood checked every three months or so.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      sfFan – see note above. Nice to hear you are working with a doctor who works with you – patients need to be treated individually – there is no one-fits-all option for everyone. betsyRN

  • dfins

    The pain I endured while on statins was unbearable and caused muscle spasms in my biceps and quads. Exercise was especially painful and lactic acid like buildup caused an inability to bike or walk more than 2 or 3 blocks without sitting down to rest up and relieve the stress on my muscles. Sleeping was interrupted by spasms in my feet, arms and legs and it felt like my blood was boiling. I took them 3 or 4 times with the same effects. It did not matter who prescribed them for whatever reason. My cholesterol did go down but it has not risen dangerously without the treatment after 5 years. Please do not say muscle pain is mild and transient. It takes over the body.

    • The_Beating_Edge_Team

      dfins – it is very important to know that all medications do not work for all people and not all people react to them the same way – some people may have side effects and some may not. If you cannot tolerate statins, and you are able to control your cholesterol with lifestyle change alone – that is ideal. If you need some medication control, there are other medications that can be used for those who are statin intolerant. In addition, there are new medications on the horizon for those that cannot take statins. Wishing you best of health. betsyRN

  • LisaBOhio

    In the six years I took simvastatin, I went from working heavy retail, 10 to 12 hours on my feet, running my own business, to gaining 60 pounds and being unable to walk the grocery store or do mild housework. I went from being a successful businessperson to being unable to find the words to finish a sentence. I wanted to die. A different doctor took me off the statin, and my pain was gone in five days. Now I am on Zetia (not a statin, but with the muscle pain listed as a side effect), and the pain is back, and my words are failing me again. It hurts to touch my skin, move my arms, to stand, to sit, to lie down. My next appointment I will be walking into the office with a cane. Yes, my cholesterol is too high, and statins lowered it to the 70s total cholesterol. Is life worth living if I cannot walk and am too mentally disabled to hold a job?

  • debweb

    What do statins do to coQ 10 depletion? Didn’t u overlook that? Hmmm?

  • Hal

    My cardiologist put me on a station drug. About a week later, I was having a lot of pain and weakness in my arms. I saw the drug being advertised on TV and muscle pain and weakness as a possible side effect. I called the cardiologist the next day and was told to call my GP because it couldn’t be the drug. I stopped taking it anyway as the commercial said and, two days later I was pain free. I will risk a heart attack before I go back to living in pain.

  • Jlb

    No mention that anyone on a statin would benefit from CoQ10 or
    Knowing if your cholesterol is the small sticky kind and
    the dangers of inflammation

  • syd com

    this is a pack of lies cleveland clinic must get a kick back from the statin companies.

    • Wuchtamsel

      You are in desperate need for a “kickback” from the neuroleptic manufacturers…

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