Had the same problem with the other statins, muscle aches stopped after about a week after discontinuing. Lipitor worked for me for over a year before problem started. I developed the side effect in July and I still have severe muscle and joint pain. Doctor told me blood test normal and it wasn't the lipitor but can't tell me what the cause is. Anybody else have this experience?
Not having the problem, but from what I understand, the damage can be permanent. I certainly hope not in your case. You can research the drug at the top of the page under Drugs A to Z. Good luck to you...
I have been taking Lipitor for about one year. It has lowered my cholesterol but now I have severe muscle pain in my neck and shoulders. It is so severe that pain killers won't eliminate the pain. So I discontinued the Lipitor and I am getting a drastic reduction in pain after two days of discontinuance. The program "House Call " on Fox & Friends on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM said that this muscle pain occurs in 15% of users and should be discontinued immediately. They said to switch to Red Yeast Rice as an alternative solution. This supplement can be purchased at any health food store.
I am wondering if this is still the case for you, rkeenanjr. I had pneumonia in February, and as the symptoms of it subsided, I started getting severe pain in my shoulder and knee joints, as well as upper arm and thigh muscles. I've been on Lipitor for years with no ill effects, but my doctor suspects it as the culprit. I've been 3 weeks off it, with only partial improvement. Wish I knew what to expect and what to do next. It is a very helpless feeling.
I have been on Crestor for years and now have stopped. After 5 months and I still have severe muscle pain. Not too sure what happens now, maybe it will go away in time but, I am an impatient person and expect wonders in no time - now we wait.
I've been taking Lipitor for six months.
Well 3 months ago my right arm felt like the bone was on fire. Now it's my thigh and it's the worst. I just googled here and am glad others have experience this. I thought I had bone cancer the pain is horrible
Had the same muscle pain. Told Doc. Stopped the med. Still having pain. Didn't think to ask him if, and how long it would take to get better. Has anyone gotten better after stopping the med?
I discontinued atorvastatin 2 weeks ago after 10 months of taking it and still have severe pain in legs and knees. I hope it goes away soon.
I have been on Lipotar for about 18 months now. Started to experience terrible pain in my thighs in April. I had put on some weight so thought that was the culprit but when I finally mentioned it to my doctor she felt it was the lipitor. I stopped the drug about 1 month ago but I still have really bad days. Is there any way we can go after the manufacturer for this... my life has been seriously compromised by this drug.
I am sorry to tell you - i have been off my Crestor ,similar to Lipitor,medication for 1 year and still have days with severe arm and kneck pain. Incidentally my last cholesterol check was 3. 9 without any of these drugs. My doctor is amazed. It is a little hard to achieve though and does take a lot of self discipline though.
Have a conversation with your physician. It may be myositis?
In EVERYBODY'S case, it's the statins! I tried four different ones over a period of nearly five years following quad bypass. My cholesterol then, later, and now wasn't that high, but cardioman wanted it rock bottom! My pain began early in the first few months, mostly calves and biceps, but in general all over. I'm finishing 470 sessions of voluntary cardio rehab this week (43 months with perfect attendance until had to have carotid cleaned out), and each and every session on the ellipticals has been agony.
I have fallen down repeatedly for these years when calf muscles cramp and desert me. I have to use one arm to lift the other up to turn off the light. I stopped pravastatin in April and began giving myself horribly expensive injections in the stomach(!) of Repatha, giving the statins time to drain out of my body. NO SUCH LUCK! I think either it's permanent, that I've injured a different set of muscles with the way I've had to move for five years, or it's fibromyalgia now.
Statins are POISON and don't let any pharmacist or doctor tell you what a small percentage of patients suffer muscle pain from them... ask around a lot and listen to the dozens and dozens of people who were prescribed them, had terrible agony, and just quietly stopped them. Bet THEY don't go into their statistics. I'm so sorry I didn't find a natural solution. Even a shorter life might have been better than one in constant pain. Cheerful, aren't I? Also very militant. If you start to hurt, look for another solution!
Does anyone have hip and buttock pain? It’s so severe I cry all night long wanting to cut off from hip down. The spasms/cramping feels like the worlds worse charly horse that won’t come out. I’m miserable, nothing for pain or muscle relaxants help. I decided after ready this to stop Lipitor just to see if it’s the culprit and I got my first night sleep in years! I really thought I was going insane y’all. Thanks to everyone
Hello rkeenanjar, I was on Crestor, Lipitor & others. Had to stop them... they got my numbers down, but had severe muscle pain! The only Statin that I've been using is Pravastatin (which is one of the weakest & oldest ones. Currently, on 40mg of Pravastatin! My sister, had the same problems... leg cramps & severe muscle pain. Doctor took her off as well & put her on Pravastatin instead! Not everyone can tolerate these strong Statins!
Take care & stay well
I feel like all doctors know how to do in 2018 is prescribe drugs.
I'm actually in process of stopping pravastatin 10 mg for a similar reason. After only 6 weeks the muscle pain has gone from aches to a burning sensation. Workouts are becoming impossible, and feeling quite depressed. Funny thing is, the cardiologist didn't ask about anything else that could be causing my problem (like stress) before pushing statins. Hopefully the muscle pain will subside after I stop.
I took Lipitor for >10 yrs, no problem- but I wasn’t terribly diligent, would miss a day here and there. Became more diligent & got the muscle pain. Felt like autoimmune inflammation to me, but labs said no inflammation. Doc said stop Lipitor so I did. I expected pain to subside quickly, but nooo. Pain in thighs, upper arm muscle and also every joint that may have some degenerative changes like spine, hips, jaw, knees, hands. No problems below knees. Very painful at night- I’d lie still in an uncomfortable position rather than incur the pain of twisting & turning over. Worst in morning but remained throughout day. Ibuprofen really offered some relief. I was ready to give up-‘this is my life now’- when, damn -it stopped! 6 weeks off Lipitor and now I just have the normal aches and pains of old age. A miracle.
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