This is the fourth in a series, submitted by readers of this site, sharing their personal experiences of statins.
Originally posted on the spacedoc forum May 2008 by B.H.
I am a 58 year old male who had enjoyed relatively good health and an active life style. Three years ago, we moved back to our home town at which time I re-established my contact with our previous family doctor.
I have had marginally high blood pressure for a number of years. My treatment for this condition had been limited to Cozaar. Using this drug along with controlling my weight through healthy eating gave me a good degree of control over my high blood pressure. When I visited him for my initial visit, he felt that a change in treatment would be in order. My doctor felt that based on US studies I should also be concerned about my cholesterol although I never had high cholesterol problem. In his opinion I should be on Lipitor as a precautionary measure given my history of high blood pressure.
During the next 2 years I was prescribed low dosages of Lipitor; 10 to 20 mg daily. From the outset of using this drug, I began to notice various health issues but put them aside as typical growing older issues. Although my dosage was low, I started having problems with my voice. This progressed over a two year period to difficulty swallowing, breathing, a fear of choking. During that time I noticed a greater frequency of leg cramps, soreness in my muscles including the stomach.
When I spoke to my doctor about these, he was more than willing to support the theory and all but dismissed these problems (cramping, muscle aches, weepiness, and hoarseness of the voice) as temporary issues associated with age. As time went on the symptoms became more pronounced and my concern heightened. Despite numerous visits to my doctor, the issues were always dismissed.