I had polio in 1951 and had some muscle loss in my leg and trunk muscles. The Polio Network of W. Australia pointed out to me the need for Q10 and they also use and advocate the use of L Carnitine for muscle deterioration.
I started Q10 and in a few days my heart improved greatly and subsequent addition of carnitine restored my muscles to near pre statin size, with my CPK reducing to a more normal level.
Whether my muscle problems were primarily due to Statins or PPS I have no way of knowing, Polio societies warn post polios against statin use because of bad effects, strengthening the argument that the cause of both is the same.
Here are some other examples of statin damage to post polio sufferers that have been sent to me.
1.) I am 72 years old (or young) who had polio as the age of three. At that time little was known about it and we were living in a rather small mining community. I understand that the company doctor (and many others) told my Dad that I would never walk. He was determined that I would walk and do everything others did. Most of my life, I just had a 'smaller' leg (not always noticeable) and a slight limp. I did it all - delivered newspapers, worked in the garden, swam, rode a bike, danced and played physical games. I started taking Lipitor several years ago. After it was increased to 40mg. I got extremely weak and tired muscles. I presumed it was due to slightly overweight and post polio. While several of us 'schoolmates' were together, they started talking about Statins. My friends suggested my weakest was mainly from the Lipitor. I discussed it with my doctor/friend and he said I needed to take it. Well I quit! Already I am getting stronger and go this week for another blood test. My doctor will be surprised.
3.) Have been taking this drug for approx. 4 years. I also had polio at the age of 4, so I have been attributing the weakness in my legs to Post Polio Syndrome, per my doctors and research. About three months ago, I began experiencing pain in my right leg (my good one)...I immediately sought medical attention. I could not take any chances with my one good leg. I have been prescribed anti-inflammatory drugs, pain medication, muscle relaxers and nothing worked. About three weeks ago I began having pains in my arms and hands. I was referred to an orthopedic surgeon and it was this doctor that recommended I stop Lipitor, which I did ten days ago. I am surviving by taking pain meds every few hours. I pray that soon the pain will ease and that the effects of the Lipitor will diminish. I had previously asked my family physician about Lipitor since I had read about the side effects; he assured me that my pain was not due to Lipitor and that I needed to continue the Lipitor for high cholesterol.
Duane Graveline MD MPH
Former USAF Flight Surgeon
Former NASA Astronaut
Retired Family Doctor