... cramps at night while I sleep,fingers cramps every now and then,numbness and tingling in my feet when I stand on them for any length of time and flushing red face everyday which is my biggest side affect that bothers me the most.I'm going to see my doctor for my yearly physical and wanted to know if I should ask him to prescribe me a liver enzyme function blood test and a kidney test since I've been taking a statin now for almost 1 year?
2 Apr 2012
Your doctor should have been running these tests every 3 months being on a statin anyway! You need to get off of that statin! There are new drugs available now for high cholesterol that don't cause the muscle & nerve damage. I hope it's not too late for yours... Mary
2 Apr 2012
Get off the STATIN!! They are now putting up black boxes in the PDR regarding statins (finally). You can control your cholesterol with natural methods also, such as red yeast rice,plant sterols, and niacin (available in many forms which can avoid the flushing effect) which are very powerful supplements in and of themselves. I would try those before I would EVER go on another statin. One of the active participants on this site almost died from statins. It is not worth what you are apparently doing to your body. They are finding out that cholesterol may not be as bad as they once thought depending on the type of cholesterol you have. FI, the"bad" cholesterol actually is now divided into two groups, large bad cholesterol, and small bad cholesterol. The large "bad" cholesterol, is actually GOOD, and doesn't do any harm, but unless they do a very specific blood test on you, they don't know whether you have that or not.
I certainly am not suggesting that you not follow your doctors advice, but I would really ask your doctor for a trial on natural supplements, and a blood test, testing your "bad" cholesterol.
5 Apr 2012
I have permenent muscle damage from simvastatin-it and Zocor penetrate the deepest and cause the most damage. I had to hire a dog walker- I was walking over a mile a day 10 months ago- Don't take any type of statin- I'm in pain- can't keep a clean house and don't have enough money to hire someone for that. I just finished physical therapy, I've been in ER for dehydration-in FEB. drank lots od liquid-had to modify my diet to keep out of the ER 4 that. If I won the lottery I'd go to India and get my feet amputated and artificial feet so that I could walk again
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