I am a 61 year old retired engineer. When I was in my early 40s my primary care physician put me on a low dose of a statin drug because of my slightly above normal LDL cholesterol level. I had no heart problems nor any family history of heart issues. I was a very active person; running, swimming, biking and going to the local gym often. Some years into this treatment, I experienced muscle aches and pains that affected different areas of my body. I initially attributed these changes to middle age, but the pains persisted and worsened to the point of significantly impacting my quality of life. I also had ever increasing blood sugar levels despite my physical activity and normal weight.
Today I struggle with activities of daily living and have to work to get in a short walk every day. During all of this, my prescribing doctor denied that my pains were due to statin exposure and I actually underwent two surgeries for lower back and leg pain (due to symptoms that were, in my view, exacerbated by statins)
After doing my own research, I took myself off of the statin drug in 2014. By then it had been 15 years and the damage had been done. Needless to say, I have also changed doctors and have a confirmed diagnosis of statin-induced myopathy based on a muscle biopsy. The high blood sugar developed into diabetes.
I decided to put together this website so I can share my experience and the results of my findings in the hope that it will help others. I quite often get asked about my condition and thought this would be a good vehicle to summarize the information that I have gleaned over the last several years.
This website is just getting started (Sept 2016) so please bear with me. Comments are welcome!
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PS: I am not a medical doctor and am not offering medical advice. Do your own research and consider this website a place to find materials that may be of use to you.
Note: There is a separate independent website, unaffiliated with me, used to gather statins side effect accounts. Make sure you type the trailing “s” of statinvictims for that website.
Here are links to the following pages of this website:
- The scope of this website
- More on my personal saga
- Some useful medical tests
- My muscle biospy summary
- Numerous useful resources
- Statin damage treatment thoughts
- My “business card“
- IVIG treatment – friend’s story
Each page has a link back to this Welcome page