Re: Neuromuscular and lipitor side effects
Lipitor and other "statin" drugs can cause liver damage (in higher than normal levels) and can lead to a problem called "rhabdomyolysis" - which is basically muscle breakdown. But the symptoms you've described are not the symptoms usually associated with this problem. And I'm sure your physician did liver function tests (or does them regularly) if you are using a statin.
The symptoms you described could be caused by multiple problems, but I'd venture to guess you might have had some lymph nodes that were swollen in your neck (back of your head). Lymph nodes are connected and if you were having problems with your ear it may have been associated with the pain in the back of your head. Other causes of occipital pain can be tension and stress, colds, flu, back strain, etc.
Again, there are many things that could have caused this pain, and your stopping the statin (lipitor) and having the pain go away at the same time may have been coincidental rather than a result of your stopping the statin. (However, I will at least say that I never say anything is impossible).
I'm sure your physician warned you that if your cholesterol is high, you are at an increased risk of stroke and coronary disease. If you continue not to take your lipitor, please return to your physician to discuss any other possible options and PLEASE eat LOW-FAT, exercise every day, maintain a healthy weight, and don't smoke!
(The information here is NOT intended to be medical advise and should not be used in place of instructions or information from your personal physician).