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    Old 11-09-2001, 12:50 PM   #1
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    Good news to report! Three months ago, my wife had some blood work done after losing some weight to see how her numbers looked. She is a very small person to start off with only weighing 98 pounds at this time down from 114 pounds. After her blood test was performed, he Tri's were 1026, HDL was 23 and Iron was 6. The doctor immediately put her on 200mgs of TriCor to help control her Tri's and also put her on an Iron Supplement, twice a day along with a baby aspirin. Results from her latest blood test were revealed this week after receiving a phone call from our family doctor. He was thoroughly impressed with her results. Her Tri's had dropped to 74! Her HDL had doubled to 46 and her iron was 96. This is obviously great news. The doctor never believed her Tri's would ever be that low! He had told us, he would be happy if he could cut the original number in half. After the news, he told her he was going to cut her TriCor to 160mgs and take her off the Iron Supplement. I want to thank everybody for their encouragement during the last three months concerning her problem. Smag, OldGuy, Arkie and the others...A warm thank you to you all! I just had to tell somebody of this great news! Thanks all! Take care everybody!

     
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    Old 11-10-2001, 11:04 AM   #2
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    Well, I must have missed your first posts as I don't get to the board as often as I'd like, but....
    This sounds like GREAT NEWS! And well worth sharing. Congratulations on good work done...stay healthy and God Bless! Your post has encouraged me! Thank You for sharing! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif">

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    Old 11-10-2001, 12:22 PM   #3
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    I took Tricor for a little while and there is no doubt the stuff works , my cholesterol was like 265 and tri's were pretty high , within 3 months cholesterol went down to 180 and tri's were in normal range , unfortunatly it was aggravating my peripheral neuropathy which I believe was originally caused by lipitor to begin with . I did not see any of the muscle aches and pains that I saw with all the other statins I took , if I go back to anything it will be Welchol first then Tricor if that doesn't work , will never take another statin , don't care what my numbers are .

     
    Old 11-10-2001, 01:44 PM   #4
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    Wow, that is wonderful news about your wifes number!!! It is so nice to see success stories. Unfortuneately my hubby tried that for his trigs. which are over 300 right now, and usually over 400, but it gave him bad side effects. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/frown.gif"> Glad it agreed with your wife and her numbers are so good!! Thanx for sharing your good news. God bless and stay healthy!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif"> JJ

     
    Old 11-10-2001, 07:29 PM   #5
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    Thank you for all of the congratulations! I just want to ask viper, "What is peripheral nueropathy and what causes it?" I haven't heard this term before.

    JJ
    I'm sorry this drug hasn't worked for your husband. What kind of side effects was he having? My wife has not had the first side effect and is usually sensitive to medications! Hang in there and I hope the medical doctors find something that will benefit him.

    Thanks again for everybody's support!

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    Old 11-11-2001, 06:24 PM   #6
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    Hi , peripheral neuropathy is severe numbness in your extremities such as fingers , hands, feet etc..
    In my case it is both my feet , and a lot of these cholesterol meds agravate it , which makes the numbness even worse . I can't tell you how irritating it is to have to put up with this 24 hours a day , you have to be careful in places like tubs because you can't feel yourself slipping . I never had any of these problems until I started lipitor around 96-97 . It took me 2-3 years to figure out that it was the meds causing all my problems . I won't make that mistake again . I found that lipitor can cause all the symptoms that
    I had . Almost all stopped once i got off lipitor except the peripheral neuropathy which has never fully resolved itself . I have seen othe people in this and other forums have this problem with statins though it is not one of the more common problems . My advice investigate any medicine that the doctor asks you to take . There are many sites that will give you the side effects of any prescribed medicine .

     
    Old 11-11-2001, 08:54 PM   #7
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    Re: Triglicerides

    My hubby was on Lipitor just like Vipper, so between that and him having type 2 diabetes he has the same thing, mostly with the legs. They tried him on all sorts of things but always the same results, no good. Now he has to take another med. to get to sleep at night as his feet get so numb he is constantly banging them on the mattress. Needless to say, it makes for a lousy nights sleep for both of us, and most of the time we have to sleep in separate rooms, as he doesn't wish to bother me.

    He stays very active to try and keep the pain and numbness to a minimum, but trying to get to sleep most nights is a damn nightmare. I feel so bad for him, and wish to GOD he never started that Lipitor. I took it for only 3 months and it caused me 16 months of problems, even though I only took it for 3 months. Mine was mostly stomach problems with rapid loss of weight, then tests after tests to see what was going on. I finally tossed them in the pail, then they stuck me on Baycol, oh joy, that was another round of aches and pains. Needless to say, it took me months to actually get as close to normal as possible. I'm glad there are folks that can take these things with no problem, but for the rest of us,the pain and side effects are not worth it. Good luck, God bless and stay healthy!! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/wave.gif"> JJ

     
    Old 11-12-2001, 09:24 AM   #8
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    Viper and JJ,
    Thanks for your replies. I did some research about TriCor before my wife started taking it. I knew the statin drugs were bad and that is what concerned me at first. When further investigations revealed TriCor was not a statin, that lifted alot of the concerns I had. I'm very sorry the two of you are having such negative results and frustrations with the medications you have tried. I hope and pray you find something that will not have the negative impacts you have experienced so far. There has to be something out there!
    Everything is getting back to normal around here but there was major concerns when my wife was first diagnosed! Her mother had her first major heart attack at 43 and died from her third major heart attack at 53. That was 20 years ago and now my wife is 39 and this news just shocked us into reality! I know her problem is pure genetics because all the females die realitvely early in life(somewhere in their fifties). I know she will have to take TriCor for the rest of her life and that is concerning me at this time because of possible liver function problems in the future. All we can do is keep abreast of all of the current information concerning these drugs and visit the doctor regularly for blood test.
    Thanks for your concerns and thanks for the information concerning your side effects and I will keep an eye open for possible indications of side effects on my wife.

    God Bless you all!

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    Old 11-12-2001, 09:10 PM   #9
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    Well your wife may just get lucky and this medication will do the trick and not bother her. My girlfriend takes Lipitor and has no side effects at all, so some can handle the stuff. <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif">

    Thanks for the wishes about hubby, as we are still on the look for something to work. Hey, everyday they come up with new stuff, so he might hit it lucky yet.

    I don't blame U at all for being concerned about your wife, especially with the family history. Just keep your eyes open, but for now, hopefully all will be fine and she will continue to do well. My very best wishes to you both. Good luck and stay healthy! <IMG SRC="http://www.healthboards.com/ubb/smile.gif"> JJ

     
    Old 11-14-2001, 11:20 AM   #10
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    Re: Triglicerides

    Well I cannot take the statin drugs either. Got veritgo so bad I fell down a flight of stairs......and I'm in the roofing business. Now, after being on Inderal for 21 years (migraine management, LOL) I've developed numbness in both feet to the point that it's painful. My Dr. recently did a blood scan and said my tri's were near 1,000 and wanted me to take Tricor. He wouldn't address the numb feet issue only saying it was the Inderal (after 21 years?) Anyway I've refused to take the Tricor and have stopped the Inderal. Off of it for almost a month now but still get "cold feet". Does anyone know how long it takes (if ever) for this foot problem to disappear? Does anyone else have an experience with Inderal or the generic? I really don't want to go to another Dr., hoping that this problem will resolve itself over a period of time.


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    Old 11-15-2001, 08:49 AM   #11
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    I don't have any experience with the Inderal so I can't help you there. The numb feet or cold feet could be a side effect from Inderal but I really don't know. Has the doctor done a complete blood profile on you? Sometimes normal screening might not pick up everything and the doctors might have to dig deeper. I wouldn't let the doctor shy away from your problems like that. You pay good money to see him and he should address your every problem. It's not like he isn't getting paid for it!
    You need to address your high tri count. I know you might feel good and it doesn't seemed to bother your every day life but it will sneak up on you when you least expect it. TriCor is not a statin drug therefore doesn't have the side effects like the statin drugs do. Although there might be some side effects, every person is different. I did a search on *********** about tri's and read alot of interesting articles and study's about what doctors are just finding out about high triglycerides. They were once thought of as not connected to heart disease and heart problems but now they have more evidence that they are directly related to it. Do a search and read about them. It enlightened me alot about them. It sucks getting older! I am only 40 years old but as time passes things start going wrong and it seems the speed of problems is accelerating!
    I wish you luck on your foot numbness problem and hope it gets better over time. Find a doctor who will listen to you and treat your problems. They are hard to find but they are out there.

    God Bless and Good Luck!

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    Old 11-15-2001, 10:23 AM   #12
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    Thanks for the reply Grab. I believe the foot problem is neural (sp?) and not blood connected. He did do a complete blood work-up but only focused on the tri's. I might add that two weeks prior to my blood work being done I was eating nothing but soft foods due to a tooth problem. Lots of carbs, etc. and I think that had an effect on the results, even the nurse who did the lab work felt that way. Also I know for a fact that Inderal will elevate cholesterol and tri blood levels. In reading the info sheet that came with the Tricor samples it clearly states that you should not take Tricor if on a beta blocker medication. My doctor totally missed that one. I'm going drug free for at least 60 days or so and then will go to another Dr. for a complete blood work-up again. BTW, I'm 51, do 3 miles a day on the treadmill and lift weights so my physical conditioning is about as good as it gets.

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    Old 11-15-2001, 06:44 PM   #13
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    Just to make a point about Inderal and other forms of beta blockade (esp. atenolol/tenormin). These medications can affect your cholesterol profile -- they can elevate LDL and reduce HDL. I've been on atenolol for two years and it makes me wonder if the drug is screwing up my cholesterol. I was reading on another message board about a lady who went from 3.3 on her cholesterol before starting inderal and now has a 6.9 ... could be related? worth considering for those using beta blockers

     
    Old 11-16-2001, 08:57 AM   #14
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    I think you're right on, Zack. Although when I first went on the Inderal my levels were up, my diet and exercise program then was nothing to shout about, believe me. Now the reverse is true but I'm afraid the Inderal may have screwed my system up royally. I'm just hoping that time will heal this thing. Other than that I guess I'll start looking for a good class action attorney to explore the possibilities......

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