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Old 11-12-2015, 21:54   #1
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My husband saw his GP today for his yearly physical. He is 5'11", weight is about 180, doesn't smoke or drink, doesn't have high blood pressure BUT he came away from that appointment with a Rx for lipitor 40 mg once a day.

He doesn't have a clue what he is getting himself into or why I am so concerned for him. His mindset is: if the doctor said I need it, then surely I DO need it???

His numbers are:

chol - 209
HDL - 45
LDL - 138
Chol/HDL ratio - 4.6
Trig 128
VLDL-ARUP - 25

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My doctor prescribed 40 mg. of Lipitor; I cut it into fourths, and started at 10 mg. After a couple of weeks, I was experiencing muscle pain and weakness. I am now on record with my healthcare provider as not tolerating Lipitor.

I did find that I could tolerate 5 mg. of pravastatin, a much weaker statin, but still one that provides some anti-inflammatory benefit (which, according to Spacedoc, is the mechanism by which statins really provide any benefit). You might check out the UCSD Statin Effects Study, which concluded that, unless you're a male with diagnosed cardiovascular disease (or have already had a heart attack), statins confer no benefit vis-à-vis total mortality. There is also a very recent post by Dr. Malcolm McKendrick reporting on recent review studies calculating that the average person might extend his or her life by a matter of a few weeks by taking statins.

How much longer will you live if you take a statin? | Dr. Malcolm Kendrick

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The cut off points for a statin prescription are 200 Total & 100 LDL. So no surprises there, but those numbers are very impressive, except that the HDL should be at least 10 % higher IMO.

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I like this online cholesterol calculator.

Being a renegade who reads studies and thinks about results (as differentiated from the published conclusions) is stressful sometimes, isn't it?

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Has anyone read the 'update' from spacedoc.com about his physical condition - I think it is dated October 2015. It is rather sad in my opinion.

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Yes, at the bottom of the page he talks about his limitations now, but also seems to have a fairly positive attitude in spite of his problems. I wasn't sure, but it sounded like his problems may have traced back to the statins he took?

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That's what I took from it, but I haven't read the entire report yet.

I know my statin symptoms were bad enough, and I stopped taking it after a year. Can't imagine what might have happened if I'd continued taking it. I had already lost strength in my arms/hands, and have recovered most of that after stopping the drug.




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I knew a woman who didn't recover even after stopping the statins. Her leg muscles were so weak she couldn't walk for more than a minute or two at a time. Would then have to stop and rest.

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Yep, and Graveline says his condition is statin-induced ALS. How horrible.




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