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Old 08-26-2011, 11:11 AM   #21
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Originally Posted by flyfishnevada View Post
I've gotten pretty regular blood work done since I was in my 20's because my insurer sponsored health fairs. On the advice of my doctor and using common sense, I don't take one test as gospel. If something is a little out of whack, I don't worry. If it is high, low, whatever again, then maybe it warrants looking at. That has never happened. For instance, my cholesterol was 205 once, but I was building a house and checking on it 3 or 4 nights a week. It was an hour drive and so I usually got fast food for dinner. Hence the high result. Before it was in the low 100's and since it has been in the low to high 100's.

Things change and one or two results could be messed up for any number of reasons. If you have a history, genetic disposition, etc., then maybe you should be concerned. If not, and the results aren't crazy, then you're probably fine, IMHO.
I don't worry if some numbers are a little out of wack from test to test. KingB linked me to a consumer update by the FDA which was interesting relative to side effects. I have those symptoms of muscle fatigue and weakness. Not sure but those symptoms may have started about the time I was switched off Vytorin onto the simvastatin. I think I mention-ed that the doc upped the dosage after a year because the cholesterol numbers increased.
He put me on 80mg and that may have started my side effects. I printed the info from the link and will be seeing my doctor soon.

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