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Posted by Jay on September 28, 2000 at 19:05:23:

In Reply to: Re: Lipitor-About to start the med...should I? posted by Jane B. on September 28, 2000 at 15:51:47:

: : : : Hi-

: : : : I am 32 years old and I just found out today that my cholestrol is high and my doctor said that I am a walking time bomb for a heart attack. I feel fine. I eat pretty healthy as it is now-not overweight..I watch my fat intake 95% of the time, I don't eat eggs, red meat, etc...I don't understand how I even have this.
: : : : He now wants to start me on Lipitor today. I have been reading some info. here and at other places and it all seems that it is not worth it. Does it really give you leg cramps and tiredness all the time? If this is the case, why don't I just watch what I eat more than I am now, if I feel ok?

: : : : Can someone help? Thanks!
: : : Hi
: : : I, too, was put on Lipitor by my Dr. It worked very well in lowering all numbers for over a year and then I started getting the notorious muscle aches and pains. But then, once your cholesterol is normal, there are other options to try which will keep it down. I am now on Zocor and have been on Baycol and Niacin and each time I take it until I experience the dreaded side effects. Then the dr. has me go off for awhile and starts something else. I have previously been on Zocor, which for me, seems to give me the least side effects of any med so far. As my dr. told me, each person is different, so a close monitoring is essential. Also, much of high cholesterol is an inherited trait. Once you've done all that you can do, the rest can be chalked up to genes. Now this is a matter of opinion, but seems to be the case with other people that I talked with.
: : : Good Luck. And don't give up-something will work.

: : Hello - are you excercising? Running, situps, lots of water? Time released Niacin, red rice yeast, E, Soy B, etc...? Jay

: Hi Jay: To answer your above questions, I am excercising by walking 2-3 miles a day, drinking 8+ glasses of water a day, etc. Also, am on the diabetic diet which limits fats and carbs and all these things which are supposed to help do, but just not enough. There are times when additional help is needed in whatever form works and is compatible for each person. Hope this answers your questions.

Hello - Try oat bran, running a little at first, time released Niacin, red rice yeast, check out the book - 8 week cholesterol cure - Bob Kowalski, more water, apple cider vinegar, etc...Jay

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