Thanks! I started Prevastatin for borderline high cholesterol and within 6 months I had elbow pains so bad it hurt to raise a spoon to my mouth and I was brushing my teeth with my left hand. I thought about when the problems had started, did some research and threw the pills away. The symptoms gradually reversed although I still get pains if I really exert myself. I found this section meaningful:
Muscle symptoms interfering with exercise and inhibition of cardiorespiratory fitness are problematic because regular exercise is the best way for patients to prevent adverse cardiovascular events.Minor muscle damage may be very prevalent as low level ultrastructural muscle damage was detectable in muscle biopsies from 10 of 14 patients taking statins with no muscle symptoms.
Yeah, that would be me. Eventually I would have had to quit exercising (was starting to get pains in my knee joints, too). The "cure" was worse than the disease.
I'm not against pills and prescriptions but prefer to try alternatives first if a condition isn't immediately life-threatening.
Edited to add: great article on reducing polypharmacy (one patient taking many different pills), too.