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#278401 - 06/30/17 09:34 PM Statin induced joint pain  
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Has anybody had problems with statins? Is anybody taking a statin without problems? I have tried three different ones. Some cause me to hurt within a few hours but all three times I wake up with my spine and other joints swollen and painful 72 hours after one dose. This has happened with Livalo, simvastatin and atorvastatin at very low doses. My LDL cholesterol is climbing and I have diabetes so the doctors really want me to take these drugs but the pain is terrible after just one lousy dose.


HLAB27+(thanks,dad)iritis at 17, plantar fasciitis at 22, sacroiliitis at 25,first image at 31,diagnosis of AS at 48(hello medical community!!) it's all been downhill since(Cosentyx,Celebrex,Trazodone,Tramadol,high Omega3,A&D to tame immune system)
#278449 - 07/03/17 06:36 AM Re: Statin induced joint pain [Re: theyoungestmuse]  
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Are you sure its spine and joint or severe muscle pain? Statins are known to cause a muscle disease called rhabdomyolysis.

http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-condi...is/faq-20057817

Also, I would try to change my diet to a healthy one for cholesterol. It is easily reversible unless you have a disease that causing you to have high LDL

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#278456 - 07/03/17 06:10 PM Re: Statin induced joint pain [Re: theyoungestmuse]  
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My husband has gout, and it has gotten much worse since taking statins. They increase uric acid. Don't know if it could be related to your problem, but gout is also an inflammatory arthritis.

#278460 - 07/03/17 09:52 PM Re: Statin induced joint pain [Re: theyoungestmuse]  
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I actually do not have high cholesterol. The doctors want me on a statin because of my diabetes and age. There is an article on medscape http://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/8793...4128&faf=1. "Statin use increases odds of back disorder" including spondylosis, intervertebral disc disorders, herniated discs and spinal stenosis.
I just am surprised that one dose would aggravate my sacroiliitis like it did. They do not know how statins cause back pain they just know the correlation is there.


HLAB27+(thanks,dad)iritis at 17, plantar fasciitis at 22, sacroiliitis at 25,first image at 31,diagnosis of AS at 48(hello medical community!!) it's all been downhill since(Cosentyx,Celebrex,Trazodone,Tramadol,high Omega3,A&D to tame immune system)
#278461 - 07/03/17 10:54 PM Re: Statin induced joint pain [Re: theyoungestmuse]  
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I take atorvastatin (lipitor) with no problems.

How does taking a statin tie in with diabetes?


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#278465 - 07/04/17 01:15 PM Re: Statin induced joint pain [Re: theyoungestmuse]  
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Current guidelines recommend that anyone with type 2 diabetes over a certain age (32, I think) should be put on a statin to lower their risk of heart attack and stroke. This is recommended even if the person's cholesterol is not high. The goal is to keep LDL cholesterol, in particular, very low (below 70, I think). But there is some evidence linking statins to the development of diabetes. So it's complicated.

#278498 - 07/09/17 01:13 AM Re: Statin induced joint pain [Re: theyoungestmuse]  
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I take Atorvastatin with no problems.


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#278520 - 07/11/17 01:35 AM Re: Statin induced joint pain [Re: theyoungestmuse]  
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Crestor works for me without side effects.

#278525 - 07/11/17 03:56 PM Re: Statin induced joint pain [Re: theyoungestmuse]  
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Originally Posted By: theyoungestmuse
Has anybody had problems with statins? Is anybody taking a statin without problems? I have tried three different ones. Some cause me to hurt within a few hours but all three times I wake up with my spine and other joints swollen and painful 72 hours after one dose. This has happened with Livalo, simvastatin and atorvastatin at very low doses. My LDL cholesterol is climbing and I have diabetes so the doctors really want me to take these drugs but the pain is terrible after just one lousy dose.


Have you looked into taking CoQ10 with your statin? Statins can deplete CoQ10 levels.

#278526 - 07/11/17 04:45 PM Re: Statin induced joint pain [Re: theyoungestmuse]  
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Yes, I take the ubiquinol form of CoQ10 at 200mg per day. I seem to have the least problems with atorvastatin on a twice weekly basis. My LDL has always been less than 100 but this last time it was 108 so the doc wants it a little lower, even if it means I only take the atorvastatin twice per week.


HLAB27+(thanks,dad)iritis at 17, plantar fasciitis at 22, sacroiliitis at 25,first image at 31,diagnosis of AS at 48(hello medical community!!) it's all been downhill since(Cosentyx,Celebrex,Trazodone,Tramadol,high Omega3,A&D to tame immune system)

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