Exercise/Physical Therapy help after Statin Injury to Muscle

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Exercise/Physical Therapy help after Statin Injury to Muscle

Postby harley2ride » Fri Dec 16, 2005 12:27 pm

Has anyone tried any sort of physical therapy or exercise routine, and you had severe myopathy/myalgia, and neurologic damage from the statin? I only ask, as I find that the more that I do, the more that I suffer. If I rest all weekend long and if I'm very idle, I feel fair on Monday and Tuesday. But as the week progresses, my muscles hurt more and more, and my strength decreases steadily. This would lead me to believe that trying to work my muscles would cause more harm that help. Last year, before I was as bad as I am now, I tried doing stretching, and working with 5lb weights for just a few reps, every other day. It appeared that I was getting worse instead of better when I tried that. After stopping the exercise and stretching, I felt a bit better than when I was exercising, yet still hurt every day.
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Physical therapy was of limited value

Postby Darrell » Tue Dec 20, 2005 7:40 pm

I did about a half dozen sessions of physical therapy because my orthopedic specialist decided that the major muscles in my affected leg were way too tight. At that point I had been affected for a couple of months, so I had not had much exercise. The physical therapist agreed and taught me stretching exercises.

I felt better after stretching and had less knee problems, but like you I found that I preferred doing something "normal" with my limited exercise tolerance rather than using a major part of my daily capability for physical therapy. I still do the stretching sporadically when my knee acts up. A medical-grade support stocking reduces most of the daily aches, but my leg still gets weaker as the day goes on and I have to be very careful to avoid knee problems when the leg is weak.
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Statins and Exercise Intolerance

Postby sos_group_owner » Thu Dec 22, 2005 1:34 am

You will glean some info from one of Dr Graveline's articles:
"Muscle Pain and Statins"

The problem is ubiquinone deficiency.
Ubiquinone, aka CoQ10, declines as we age and plummets "following
initiation of statin therapy".

Excerpt from the article:
"Ubiquinone depends for its bio-availability upon the same mevalonate
pathway of cholesterol biosynthesis targeted by the statin drugs and
therefore, is now collaterally damaged in our present war on cholesterol.
Ubiquinone levels plummet following initiation of statin therapy."

So, even though you stopped taking a statin drug, your muscles are
NOW ubiquinone deficient or your muscles have become "exercise
intolerant"; one of the many things doctors fail to tell us when they
prescibe a statin.

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Postby Warne » Sun Aug 19, 2007 11:50 pm

Myalgia achy muscles and generalized muscle pain. It is a chronic disorder characterized by widespread musculo-skeletal pain, fatigue, and multiple tender points.
Myalgia from overuse of a muscle is usual treated with alternating hot and cold packs on the muscle affected. Massage may also be of benefit. Treatment may also include taking ibuprofen, aspirin or acetaminophen. Ibuprofen, and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications are preferred because they may reduce swelling.

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Postby Brian C. » Mon Aug 20, 2007 3:28 am

Exercise must be approached with caution since skeletal muscle myopathy is accompanied by ragged red fibre muscular change. These abnormalities are much more fragile than normal muscle fibre hence easily torn and take much longer to heal.

I took up what I thought was the gentlest of regimens, jan jong, which is an entirely static repertoire ("standing like a tree") but discovered that those positions which involved holding my arms up exacerbated my upper-arm myalgia and set me back weeks.

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