I had never looked up the side effects of Lipitor (which is what I asked my dr to put me one) until I saw this thread. My dr is no fan of any cholesterol reducing drugs except as a last resort. She told me to go to WalMart and get Natural Fish Oil Concentrate softgels 180mg EPA, 120mg DHA and take one three times a day with food. She said that raises the good cholesterol and lowers the bad. It also lowers tryglicerides. And it's all natural with none of those side effects. And they're a LOT cheaper than Lipitor. I think I paid 3 or 4 dollars for a bottle of 60.
I'm so happy for you that your leg pain is gone. I too experience the pain in the feet and swelling both in my feet and hands. I've also been getting pain in my lower back. I'm thinking that's arthritis since I have it in my knees too.
Do you find that the feet and hands swell much worse in the couple of weeks just before your cycle? Mine are really bad then. I can hardly put my shoes on then.
Barb, your doctor seems a wise sort who apparently doesn't accept bribes from Big Pharma. Cherish that!
There recently has been lots of press about the side effects of that stuff... Serious muscle damage (of the type that put Baycol out of business) and memory problems. As these things become more well known, people stop taking the stuff. Then all of a sudden, it's supposed to be good for preventing all kinds of other dire conditions... the latest hype is it may prevent Alzheimer's disease. Baloney! Sales are slumping, so they have to now reinvent reasons for people to take it.
My DH is currently on a two-week break from it to see if it's causing his muscle aches and cramps... So far, the break has helped. He's supposed to go back on it in a week or so; if the aches come back, that'll confirm it. A friend of his just quit it for the same reason.
Yeah I googled it and found more than a little info on serious side effects. My dad was taking it for quite a while and a few years back. He began to fall and loose balance. He said his legs would just give out on him. He wound up in the hospital. Dr took him off all of his many meds then slowly re-introduced each med. It turned out that the Lipitor and one of his heart meds (can't remember which but I think it was digoxin) doesn't mingle well together. So he went completely off Lipitor. I'm going to ask his doctor about adding fish oil to his medicine regimine.
BTW, Midwest I cannot agree with you more. My dad has alzheimers now so I KNOW that stuff about Lipitor preventing or helping with it is B-O-L-O-G-N-A!
My doc works at our county health clinic. She unfortunately doesn't test for ft3 and ft4 but I believe if I pressed for it, she would do it because she genuinely cares.
Live, Love, Laugh.
Last edited by LuvMyLilDoggie; 08-19-2004 at 12:32 PM.