Dear CatMom 2: Wow, I wish I had seen this show! I have experienced chronic tendinitis since I started statins about 11 years ago.
I am now dealing with it in my wrist, but I have had it all over the body.
I had an appt. yesterday with the occupational therapist and she remarked how unusual it was for anyone to have so many episodes of tendinitis. She said it is very rare to have multiple sites. I told her I was sure it was due to statin drug use for so many years. Of course, she didn't know about any of this but I am positive the statins caused the first achilles tendinitis and it has been chronic and continual for years. Just 2 years ago, I had tendinitis in the left shoulder and that led to a frozen shoulder. Cortisone injections helped as did ongoing PT. Finally, the shoulder is almost back to normal.
I have now been off the statins for about 4 weeks and seem to ache less.
I also think the dr who ran the vitamin D deficiency test and discovered my defiency has helped me a lot by prescribing the "loading dose of 50,000 units of Vitamin D weekly for 12 weeks". I am in the eighth week now and feel stronger.
My chronic problems continue to be worst in both ankles and feet. The muscles are very weak and this has led to ligament problems. I am getting PT (again) but with the vitamin D, COQ 10 and carnitine, I am more optimistic than ever that I can get back to a semblance of normal lifestyle.
Thanks everyone for the good info.