Not sure what blood tests you are having. The traditional MD's will test for rhabdomylysis (muscle damage) by doing a blood test that looks for the presence of the enzyme Creatinine Kinase, which shows up when there is muscle damage. I had that problem with Lipitor, after one month of taking it, ten years ago. And at that time, I did have severe muscle pain. This time around, on Red Yeast Rice, the pain was totally different...neuropathic pain, stabbing in my toes, feet, legs, hands, arms, armpits, and eventually my face and trunk. So the CK test was useless. Most of the statin commmercials in the States only address the side effects of muscle pain. Never a mention of nerve pain.
Before I actually got to the naturopath, I did a lot of research, much of it right here on this site. Believe me, some of the members of this forum are more up on this than many doctors. At least as far as sharing what they have learned. Which is amazing. I also got Dr. Graveline's books at the library, then eventually bought some of them as well as some of the books from the other docs on the home page.
If you read Dr. Graveline's books from first to last, you will get the idea of the progression of his knowledge. For me, his most recent, "The Statin Damage Crisis," summed up what he has learned over time. I also liked Dr. Mc Cully's book, "The heart Revolution," and Dr. Kendrick's book, "The Great Cholesterol Con." I felt that, for me, it was important to become knowledgeable about the entire process, so I could speak with some level of confidence with my various doctors. Gaining knowledge about the role of cholesterol in the Mevalonate Pathway, and the downstream effects of lowering it with statins was very important. I discovered that many doctors had no idea about the physiology of this important substance in our bodies.
Through all the reading of the books, and on this site, I figured out that for some of us, the problem is not as simple as "muscle pain." It is serous problem with energy brought on by damage to the mitochondria, which are responsible for the generation of energy within each cell nucleus. Hence the term "Mitochondrial Cocktail" for the group of supplements, beginning with CoQ 10, that support the mitochondria. What I also learned from all the good floks here, is that the amounts can vary by person. It was important for me to understand the ranges of supplements used. I took a lot of notes. I eventually came up with the list that seemed to be common to all. I also learned that taking supplements at the level needed is expensive. There are suggestions within the site for ways to bring the cost down through using certain providers.
Armed with my new knowledge, I then made the appointment with the naturopath. In one visit, which I had to pay for, we figured out dosages. He added the thyroid and adrenal cortex, as well as choline, in my case. Also high doses of Vitamin D3.
It then took about a month to begin to realize that they symptoms were decreasing. Two months to get to the point where I was cautiously optimistic, five months to start to actually feel better, and at six months, doing well.
I caution you, however, that each one of us is different, and if
you read carefully you will understand that depending on a person, the length and dosage of the statin, and other factors, some folks here have much more serious problems. You will read that there is an apparent link with other neuromuscular problems, which are even more serious. Some of this research is not yet conclusive, but you will understand that taking care of your problem, to the best of our ability, is very important.
If you are suspecting mitochondrial damage, there are some more sophisticated testsw which can be done, by certain specialists who work in the field, like spedialists who deal with muscular dystrophy in particular. You can find out about those tests within these forums, though there are only a few people who have written about them.
I believe I read that Dr. Graveline is publishing a new book soon that directly addresses the mitochondrial issue.
Since I also have to pay for naturopathy, I have tried to use his time well by being well informed and going in with a specific list of questions.
I saw my regular MD recently. She was blown away by my knowedge, and by the fact that I was so much better, WITHOUT the help of traditional allopathic medicine. I might say she was speechless!