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    Old 09-30-2005, 05:49 PM   #1
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    I have been taking lipitor for about three months. About three weeks ago, I noticed that I was beginning to have pain in the upper thigh area. I know that I have arthritis, but it has not been in that area before. The pain comes and goes. However, I find that even doing simple floor exercises makes the upper thigh area very painful. There are times when I find it very difficult to walk.
    I have been very, very concerned about this. I am 71 years of age and have always been pretty active.
    My doctor is out of town for this week. However, his partner told me that it was ok to stop taking lipitor until next week when I see my regular doctor.

    I still have some of the pain. So I am wondering if anyone has had this problem and if the pain stays after discontinuing the drug.

    Thank you very much,

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    Old 09-30-2005, 06:06 PM   #2
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    Sorry to hear about your leg pain, I was on Lipitor for about 4 years and developed pain in my ankles. I complained of this to my doctors. I was told to exercise more. I did and somehow tore my achilles tendon and also developed tendonitis on the other foot. I continued to exercise but it only got worse. I also tore my mincus on my left knee and was operated on and then tore my gastoc muscle on my right calf. I finally traced it to Lipitor. Since then I have tried all different statin with similiar results I also tried my over the counter preparations with similiar outcomes. To answer your question. Yes I feel lipitor causes muscle pain. Hope your luckier tham me. I just had my labs done and I guess the doc doesnt like the #'s cause he called and wants to talk to me. I wonder what he is going to do about it. Guess I'll find out monday. Good luck to you. by the way my pain did leave after I stopped the meds.

     
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    Thank you for the instant reply! I was impressed!
    You have really been down a hard old road. I am really sorry to hear that. I pray that the numbers won't be so bad. I think that my high numbers are inherited, and it is difficult to control them. I really do not eat that much---I don't think!
    Best of luck and may God bless you!
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    Old 09-30-2005, 08:47 PM   #4
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

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    I have been taking lipitor for about three months. About three weeks ago, I noticed that I was beginning to have pain in the upper thigh area. I know that I have arthritis, but it has not been in that area before. The pain comes and goes. However, I find that even doing simple floor exercises makes the upper thigh area very painful. There are times when I find it very difficult to walk.
    I have been very, very concerned about this. I am 71 years of age and have always been pretty active.
    My doctor is out of town for this week. However, his partner told me that it was ok to stop taking lipitor until next week when I see my regular doctor.

    I still have some of the pain. So I am wondering if anyone has had this problem and if the pain stays after discontinuing the drug.

    Thank you very much,

    Songleader
    If it is the drug that is causing it, even being off it will not make the pain go away right away. I took Lipitor for 3 1/2 months and most of my problems were GI, but I also started with a few aches and pains. I stopped for a few months, and the aches and pains eased up, but the GI problems took almost another 4 months for my GI guy to get under control. About 3 months after I started to feel pretty darn good, they decided to put me on Baycol...OH BOY, those pills really did a number on me. Not only did I have the aches and pains, but I was totally fatiqued, and trying to go up a flight of stairs was a nightmare. After 3 months of that I tossed them and told my dr. NO more meds. for me. At that time I was 58, but felt like 98. It took a few months of being off the pills, but I did start to feel alot better. Some folks take those drugs and do fine, then others just can't handle them. See how U feel after being off of them for awhile, and if the pains and aches go away, then U know U may not beable to take them, or perhaps another drug may not bother U, it is mostly a trial and error thing. For now, I just try to do the best I can with diet and exercise, some tests are good, others are not so good, but I'm trying.

    Best of luck.....

     
    Old 09-30-2005, 10:48 PM   #5
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    Oh yeah, Lipitor is your problem. I have been off it since 2000 after tracing my Neuropathy in both feet and muscle cramps in my legs. The pain has never left me and I spend a lot of time at PT. I rely on COQ10 which can be purchased at Walmart, etc. for the muscle spasms that used to get me out of bed at night. That part has gotten better but the pain in my feet has not. Pins and needles that require a pain med in order to sleep. Had ever test imaginable but shows nothing. It is a sneaky DRUG.

    My Cholesterol has been over 300 for 20 years except the 2 years I took that poison. My doctor was really angy at me for refusing anymore STATINS. Recently she ask me to HUMOR her and take a stress test as she was worried about me. I PASSED with flying colors. I am 64 and rarely do they see such clarity she said. SO I personally think that test should be mandatory before putting anyone on statins. She said she would stop worrying now. I have never worried and I told it must be the COQ10 that I take daily. She did not comment but I hope she remembers this everytime someone complains about statins.

    I know not one person and I know many as I live in an active retirement community in Florida who has not had pain from them and quit them. I regret the day I ever put the first in my mouth. Within 4 months I could hardly walk and still have problems. No more tennis and long walks for this gal. I would love to see them PAY big time for all the pain and suffering they have caused so many.

     
    Old 10-01-2005, 04:17 AM   #6
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

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    Originally Posted by Songleader
    I have been taking lipitor for about three months. About three weeks ago, I noticed that I was beginning to have pain in the upper thigh area. I know that I have arthritis, but it has not been in that area before. The pain comes and goes. However, I find that even doing simple floor exercises makes the upper thigh area very painful. There are times when I find it very difficult to walk.
    I have been very, very concerned about this. I am 71 years of age and have always been pretty active.
    My doctor is out of town for this week. However, his partner told me that it was ok to stop taking lipitor until next week when I see my regular doctor.

    I still have some of the pain. So I am wondering if anyone has had this problem and if the pain stays after discontinuing the drug.

    Thank you very much,

    Songleader

    Songleader,

    Yes, I had muscle aches and profound weakness from Lipitor... It started when my doctor combined it with Tricor.

    For me it took over a year to really feel better.

    My recommendation would be

    a) start taking CoQ10 (100mg/day)
    b) stop the Lipitor for a month and see if the pain subsides

    If you do stay on statins, it is important to take CoQ10 with it - statins deplete the muscles of this important enzyme, and this may be the cause for the muscular problems many statin users develope.

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    Old 10-01-2005, 05:20 PM   #7
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    hi folks. Somehow I feel better that I'm not alone in my problem with statins. I was on Crestor for several months also and was very tired and had severe leg cramps. I stopped that on my own. My mds nurse was on it and after one week felt so weak she couldnt walk up and down the hallway of my mds office so she stopped and didnt even tell the md that she did. My md said it couldnt be the crestor since he takes it and he didnt experience any problems. He gave up on me and sent me to the cardiologist who put me on pravochol. I watched my legs carefully no pain. Then I developed what I thought was pain in my rt breast. I went to my gynocologist and c/o the breast pain and he said it was not in my breast but in my chest wall. I had costacondritis (inflamation of the chest wall). I stopped the pravachol and the pain eventually went away. The doc put me on niaspam. Boy did I get hot flashes. Supposed to take that with asa. Since I'm allergic to asa I took it alone. no good. I spoke to another cardiologist and he recomended tonic water for the leg cramps , went out and bought it, ugh I dont know which is worse the cramps of tonic water. Sorry just blabbering on. Maybe someone out there knows of something to help. Seeing my md on monday. Dont know what else will work? Any ideas?

     
    Old 10-02-2005, 06:57 PM   #8
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    Hi i have same problem as you guys. What exactly is COQ10 ? thanks

     
    Old 10-02-2005, 07:42 PM   #9
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    Coenzyme Q10 also called ubiquinone, which means "occuring everywhere" plays and important role in the manufacture of ATP, the fuel that runs cellular processes. Through it is present in every cell in your body, it is especially concentrated in the very active cells of your heart. Depriving the heart of CoQ10 is like removing a spark plug from your engine-it won't work.

    Statins block enzyme pathways involved in the production of cholesterol, thereby lowering cholesterol levels. The same enzymes that are involved in the production of cholesterol are also required for the production of the essential CoQ10. Lower cholesterol levels in statin users are accompanied by reduced levels of CoQ10.

    Merck knew that statins deplete CoQ10 and knew that it could contribute to heart disease. In 1990, this drug company sought and received a patent for Me****r and other statins formulated with up to 1,000 mg of coenzyme Q10 , however they have not brought this combination to market, nor has this company educated physicians on the importance of supplementing CoQ10 to offset the dangers of these drugs to the heart.

    Just go to search and you can find out a lot about this. Without it I wake up with leg cramps and have to jump out of bed.

     
    Old 10-03-2005, 05:33 AM   #10
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    Songleader,

    I had achey thighs the first two weeks I took Lipitor. The ache disappeared and never recurred and I've taken Lipitor for around 6 years.

    Something like 50 - 100 mg. CoQ-10 might be a good idea but it's not at all clear why any chemical process affecting ATP useage would cause pain; fatigue yes, but why pain? Unfortunately CoQ-10 is one of the pricier supplements.

     
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    I buy mine when it is buy one get one free at Walgreens or else I get it at Walmart. Doesn't seem to make a difference where I buy it. I sometimes get it at Puritan Pride who have great sales.

    I have been off for 5 years after taking it for over 2 years and not knowing what was causing all that pain. The Neuropathy that I am left with is the only thing that hurts so much now with the muscle cramps under control.

     
    Old 10-03-2005, 03:52 PM   #12
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

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    I buy mine when it is buy one get one free at Walgreens or else I get it at Walmart. Doesn't seem to make a difference where I buy it. I sometimes get it at Puritan Pride who have great sales.

    I have been off for 5 years after taking it for over 2 years and not knowing what was causing all that pain. The Neuropathy that I am left with is the only thing that hurts so much now with the muscle cramps under control.
    I feel for U with the PN, as my husband has it, and it is really not a fun thing to have. His is spreading to his hands now, and he has very little feeling in his feet. Unfortuneately there isn't a darn thing they can do for it except give him some meds., especially to let him try and get some sleep. Many nights he is up and down till the wee hrs. of the morning. He has been off the statins for 5 yrs. too, but took them for 7. Wish I knew then what I know now, neither of us would have ever touched them. I know there are some folks who have no problems, but they are in my opinon, the minority.

     
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    Oh how many nights I have spent at my computer because sleep won't come and this is after taking my meds. Depression creeps in sometime because I used to walk 2 miles several nights a week and played tennis a few times. This is why we live in an active retirement community and now I can't do either.

    I have family members and friends that are in our boat. Some who thought they were immune to side effects learned that they weren't. It just took longer for some. If I had the money that I and the insurance has spent since 1998 trying to find what was wrong and then how to treat it, I could take a trip around the world.

    I have been going to PT since April and using the Anodyne. It took several months but I am getting some feeling, nothing to jump up and cheer about yet but I can feel where he is touching my feet. I can also feel the ground when walking. Before they felt like I was walking on clubs. He says it takes a long time for the nerves to heal. He agrees with me on these statins. Seeing lots of patients complaining.

    Good Luck to each of you in your search for some answers. Lyrica is the new med I am on now that just came out for Neuropathy that is not off label like Neurontin. Only been on it 10 days and was the first to have it filled at my pharmacy so will have to wait and see I guess. Pain specialist gave it to me.

     
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    well my # are in 261 chol, hdl 35, ldl 155, and trig 356, this didnt sit well with my doc so he suggusted lescol. I'm starting off slow 1 20 mg tab every other day for one week and then daily. I'm not happy about it but I have to get better #'s. I exercise eat right but no luck. I guess it genetic. any suggestions? I'm thinking of coq10. I took flaxseed oil and got diarrhea.

     
    Old 10-05-2005, 11:06 AM   #15
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    Re: Leg aches and muscle aches from lipitor?

    Tennis,

    I wish you all the luck in the world. Thanks for responding.

    Be patient--easier said than done, right?

    God bless you!

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