I think that Lenin approached your problem very well. His approach was definately a much more gentler approach. I have tried OODLES of BP meds and to be honest the Diovan worked really well for me except for Cozaar. I presently take a little cozaar now when needed and it is just a wee bit better than Diovan in my opinion (speaking for me). But we are all different and tend to respond differenty as well.
One other word of advice. Getyour sodium intake DOWN. Get it down low and you will see benefits.
Secondly on the Lipitor. I know alot of people on Statins that always complain of muscle cramps and aches. To be honest I would try Niacin first. You can get it off the shelf at Walmart for $2.35 a bottle. I lowered my cholestorol in 1 week over 50 points! Talk to your doctor.
If you get it though get the "No flush" kind, or "time release".
Watch the dairy products group. Drink 1% milk. Eggs once a week. Cheese is not to good but once in awhile.
Eat more good cereals, use Smart balance butter. All of this will help cholestorol.