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4/6/08 2:01 P

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Thanks for the medical perspective!

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4/5/08 12:07 P

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As a retired RN who worked in MD office for the last 3 years(in nursing for 40+) I can tell you that most people think a diagnosis for HBP, High Cholesterol, Diabetes, and other diseases are temporary conditions and they are anxious to be off their medications as soon as they get good numbers(many of them stop the medications without telling their MDs) and find out that the reason their numbers are good is BECAUSE of the medication. I know that there are many people who have ADVERSE REACTIONS to medications, these are not the same as SIDE EFFECTS, some times I think people have a real control issue and even though they can go on the internet and look up the medication they do not have the medical background to interpret it correctly, that is why they have a Physician. If they do not trust their Physician, they should find one they do trust. That does not mean they have no say in their medical treatment. It means they must discuss their concerns with their physician and come to a satisfactory treatment. Even if that means taking a medication for an extended period of time. We have made very good advances in medicine in a relatively short period of time, it's not going to stop. And just because something doesn't work for someone else doesn't mean it won't work for you. We are all individuals and react to all things as individuals.

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Edited by: BOBSHUNNY at: 4/5/2008 (12:08)
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4/3/08 9:48 P

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All this is so puzzling on how these numbers are so erratic. I did have a second test after last month's results; and the numbers are much better; but I'm taking 10 mg. of lipitor every other day now for over a month.
My new numbers are down from 272 to 186, total,
HDL is 80 down from 86
LDL is 90 down from 170
trigs are still in the 60's
It's amazing to think such a small amount of meds could make that much difference in a month's time!
I guess it can work both ways; my eating habits have always stayed pretty consistent throughout it all, so it must be the meds.
Good luck on getting your numbers down again too.

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3/19/08 8:02 A

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I had the same thing happen to me. For years and years my cholesterol was around 220, but the HDL was good so my doctor said to just keep an idea on it (for 20 years it was like this). Then suddenly after 40 it shot up to 270. I also thought this was maybe a bad test, as I had just started going to a new doctor in a new city. Tried the drugs and had a bad reaction, so used the SparkPeople diet to get the numbers back down to 220. Now yesterday I just got my annual results and they tell me it's now 320! I haven't really changed my diet - maybe a little more relaxed, but still... I'm thinking of getting a second test somewhere else. Or is this normal after 40?

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3/6/08 8:20 P

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I have heard that you should take CoQ10 when you take statins, have never done it, maybe will give it a try. Thanks for sharing the info.

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3/6/08 3:24 P

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The only side effects that I have had is the charlie horses in my legs and cramping in my feet. As long as I take CoQ10 I don't have those problems, if I forget to take them though I am quickly reminded. Especially at night when I'm relaxed and I change postitions or stretch, I'll come flying out of bed with a bad charlie horse and have sometimes hit the floor in pain. Other than that, no side effects !!!

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3/5/08 10:04 P

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I've been on meds about as long as you have been. My goal isn't so much to get off the meds as it is to decrease my meds. Mine have increased over the years and so if I could get them down to a low dose I would be happy with that. (I don't seem to have the side effects everyone else has)

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3/5/08 9:41 P

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Thanks, everyone, for your input.
Yes, I guess I did find out the meds. are important for me to continue even with good eating habits and weight loss.
I never had any side effects with lipitor; but kept reading about muscle weakness, etc. and with being on it for 10 years I became apprehensive; and Dr. agreed to let me try since he knew my progress.
I just didn't expect it to skyrocket that much and certainly not so fast.
I will have it checked again in a few months, so am looking forward to better readings then!
In the meantime, have to keep losing weight, have to lose at least 30 more lbs. Can't excersise too much right now since I'm waiting on a surgical consult about a herniated disc in my back, so possibly back surgery in my future here too.
Good luck to you all with your regime.

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3/5/08 7:34 P

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The every-other-day regimen may be all you need~ I really hope it works for you, since you've been doing so well otherwise... Diet and exercise are only responsible for about 24% of your total cholesterol.

I can't take statins, and can barely tolerate Tricor, which I haven't taken since my last gallbladder attack a few weeks before my surgery. It makes me so nauseous and I'm still taking anti-nausea medicine from time to time just because of the surgery and the pain meds~ I'm not healed enough yet to deal with that too, and even though there had been a HUGE improvement, the last numbers weren't all that great.

My endocrinologist is resigned to me dealing with high numbers, 'cause there isn't anything else he can prescribe... we're trying some dietary supplements and stuff, but I can't do too much there either since my mdeical benefits won't pay for them and I don't have much in the way of income... a real catch 22.

But we do whatever we can, right? And concentrate on quality of life too~ lots of play time and relaxation along with all the hard work, and really savor the good things you can enjoy~ and it's all going to work out.

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Edited by: I.M.MAGIC at: 3/5/2008 (19:33)
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3/5/08 10:09 A

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I also agree with Mary. It could be that your genes influence your numbers and the meds played a big part in managing them. Keep up your great habits, take your tablet every second day and then you won't have to worry about stokes and heart attacks as much.

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3/5/08 9:12 A

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Looks like the meds have been keeping it down. Even with healthy eating and exercise, some people have the genetics and age to have higher cholesterol. Some of us are not lucky in this department.

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3/5/08 8:47 A

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I agree with Mary, it's been the meds keeping your cholesterol down. I asked my doctor the last time I went in to be tested about being taking off my cholesterol meds and she told me no !!! The meds are what is getting my cholesterol down to normal, if I go off of them it will go back up.

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3/5/08 8:31 A

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If I read this right and you were off your meds for the second reading then it could be the meds were keeping your numbers down. Did you fast the same length of time before the tests? Maybe you weren't exercising as much. Just keep doing all the things that are good for cholesterol and see what next reading are. Mary :)

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3/5/08 1:26 A

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I didn't understand chemical sensitivity other than to pesticides when I began to have reactions. When the fence was painted and the fumes came in the house, Angina became severe and I started having breathing problems. Next time a blood test was done Cholesterol was sky high and so was my blood pressure. Since I knew how to handle my symptoms, I didn't get re-checked. After about 3 months it was scaring me, so I went in, but to late to document anything. I just know that's what it was because the reaction was so severe and quick. :(

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Never heard of the chemical sensitive connection to cholesterol. Wow, that's amazing.
Guess age could be a factor, now am 61 vs. the 51 when I started the drug.
I'm back on the regime of 10 mg. lipitor every other day now; hope I can get it back on track now.
I'm still puzzled on how it could increase so quickly with no good reason.

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Just guessing. I read age is a factor.
Also, mine jumped after I was exposed to Super Deck Porch Stain. (I'm chemical sensitive.)

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3/4/08 11:57 P

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I have been on 10 mg. of lipitor for 10 years with great success on lowering my cholesterol.
I also have lost over 80 lbs. in the last two years, so Dr. cut my lipitor to 10 mg. every other day, and the numbers were very good, Nov. 07

total: 148
LDL: 62
HDL 74
trigs 80
I convinced him to let me try it without the drug since I was eating so healthy and doing well.
Just got retested 2/27/08 and had shocking results.
total: 272
LDL 170
HDL 86
trigs 80

I am in shock because I have not gained weight and have not veered off my eating plan much at all.
Any ideas why the sudden elevation in the numbers?
Anybody had false testing results? Am wondering if I should get retested.




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