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It’s the STATINS

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Took me almost a month to figure out why I’ve been sickly and have hit a major plateau. It’s the dang statins the doctor put me back on. My cholesterol has dropped over 200 points through diet and exercise in the last 6 months. My numbers were still about 10 points too high and my doctor asked me if I would go back on statins (I went off them last year because they made my joints hurt) I said I would try them for him. Well, I started feeling bad, having headaches everyday and went into a major plateau. I did not associate any of this with the statins because last time I was on them, the only problem I had was joint pain. Well, I did some research this morning about my headaches and zeroed in on the statins (this of course after I had already taken my pill this morning). Looking further into the side effects I found pages and pages of info on how statins will stop weight loss! All this frustration and tears and trying to figure out what I was doing wrong for nearly a month and it’s the statins! I took the statins out of my pill organizer for the rest of the week and threw them away. Even if it didn’t stop weight loss, the headaches are not worth that last 10 points on my cholesterol levels. I know my doctor well and he won’t fuss at me. I will have some new literature for him to research when I go back to him. I honestly believe my latest plateau problem will be over in about two weeks (says it takes that long to get back right) – hopefully it will happen sooner, but at least I finally figured it out!
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    Congratulations on your milestones! I am SO happy for you!

    Regarding the statins, you should read the book "Cholesterol Clarity" by Jimmy Moore and Dr. Eric Westman. It sounds like you have a decent doc who won't freak out about the last 10 points, but this book is still a really great resource (and written for the "average Joe") about what all the numbers really mean and their relevance to your health, not to mention has lots of information about statins in general that anyone taking them should know.

    I've been on other medications myself (not statins) that had nasty side effects that my doctor dismissed when I complained. Turns out I could have removed a food from my diet (one I later found out I was sensitive to, that was causing my symptoms) rather than take a pill that dealt with the the symptoms rather than the core issue (and made me gain about 165 lbs over the two occasions she put me on the medications).
    1616 days ago
  • CCARTER756
    You might ask your doctor about fish oil supplements - there is research showing that fish oil can cause a moderate lowering of cholesterol. Since you are within 10 points, perhaps it would work for you.

    Great job on losing more than 80 pounds! emoticon
    1618 days ago
  • 1CHICK
    Good to know. Glad you got this figured out. YOU GO GIRL!!
    1619 days ago
    Glad you figured it out and headaches are no fun so hope your DR can find something else you maybe able to use and not give you headaches and won't make you stop losing weight - your doing so well keep up the good work and so glad you figured out what was going on with your body.
    God's Blessings
    1620 days ago
    emoticon I am O Glad that you figured this out before any Permanent Damage was done. My Mother was on them and -- even though we told Two Different Doctors about the Serious Side Effects she was having -- she almost died. We had No Idea at the time that Muscle & Joint Pain and Weakness were Known Adverse Effects of the Stupid Statins!!
    emoticon "Natural" Pills that contain Red Rice Yeast are available without a Prescription and are often recommended for Cholesterol Control. They have Many Of The Same Adverse Effects as the Statin Drugs!
    1621 days ago
  • CAROL_31649731
    Wow . . . who would have thought that? I'm on statins, too. A couple of them, as my numbers are awful. What were you taking, if I may ask? Hope this helps get your ticker moving again!!! emoticon
    1622 days ago
  • RICKI157
    Wow I am glad you found the cause of your plateau and headaches. Now I hope you feel better and the headaches go away quick!!!!!!
    1622 days ago
  • _RAEVEN_
    I'm so glad you figured out the problem. Meds are great when they do what they're supposed to do without side effects. Sometimes those side effects are worse then the original problem.
    I love those medicine commercials... Have migraines? Take this medicine.
    Side effects may include, dizziness, dry mouth. vomiting, blood poisoning, kidney failure, heart attacks, etc etc.... Um, I think I'll just keep my problem and let them keep the side effects. LOL

    1622 days ago
    So happy you figured this out and now back on the road to feeling great and losing again. You Go Girl!

    1622 days ago
  • LINDA!
    I had my cardiologist drop the dosage of my Lipitor. But he does want me to stay on it considering my diagnosis of coronary artery disease.
    1622 days ago
    I would say that if you already dropped your cholesterol 200 points with diet and exercise, you don't need no stinking statins! I do understand the Dr.'s reasoning though, you have gotten very close to where he wants you to be and figured with all of your weight loss the statins may not cause you the joint pain this time around. But with that being said, it is your body and only being 10 points over is pretty darn good!
    1622 days ago
    I'm glad you were able to figure out the problem, I hope the headaches end soon!

    You are doing so well with the exercise and diet, I bet the cholesteral will start coming down naturally.
    1622 days ago
    Girl, thank God, that He enabled you to figure this out. There could've been some real damage done. It won't take long, before you feel right as rain, soon. You'll be back in the groove, and no more headaches! emoticon You've been doing so good, and I never left like something was wrong. Well, it's been nipped in the bud, and there are no more troubles!!!

    Be blessed,

    - Nancy Jean -
    1622 days ago
    They gave me headaches too, even fish oil gave me headaches!! Lovastatin is what my husband is on. He tried Crestor and he became really sick on that. He went off that fast! Glad you found out!
    1622 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    I love that we can do so much research now with our computers, has been such a blessing. So glad you found out what was causing your troubles. emoticon
    1622 days ago
    Drs sometimes think they are so great mine put me on blood pressure meds because it was 10 points high like you but did not take it
    1622 days ago
    Here's hoping you found your solution! :)

    Headaches / Joint Pain would be definite reasons to drop prescription meds for me...the plateau I could work around...and I do want to keep my cholesterol within range. So I remain on the lowest available dose.

    We'll see what my future holds though!

    PS...love your Thanksgiving Bear backdrop! :)
    1622 days ago
    Good you figured it out, headaches are horrid. I hope you have a good talk with your Doctor.
    1622 days ago
  • KAZZIE531
    Good medical detective work Dr. Kathy. Sometimes you have to figure out things yourself. Statins are very dangerous drugs. They can do more harm than good. I refused to go on them. Within a week you'll get them out of your system and start to progress in losing weight. Good for you.
    Being a diabetic...I've learned that some Insulin's can cause weight gain. Since I've been off Humalog, I am losing weight and feel better. But when I first started eating healthy, I wasn't losing...this was why. HA!!!
    So, I am looking forward to seeing your ticker inch to the right.
    1622 days ago
  • DALMOM2007
    I'm glad you found the problem. That's why I don't take any medication....unless I absolutely have to. Only because a doctor prescribes it doesn't mean that its right for you. My doctor wanted to put me on High Blood pressure medication...I was only border line on the high side. I told her NO WAY and found how to lower it with my diet instead....no issues since...going on 5 years. Last check-up, she even said that I must just be an overweight person, because physically, I was fine. ...Sorry venting a bit here.

    Any, I hope that your headaches will go away now. emoticon
    1622 days ago
    glad you figured it out
    1622 days ago
  • LETHA_
    I am so glad you discovered this. Hopefully the meds will be out of your system quickly.

    1622 days ago
    Glad you discovered what was causing the plateau. Sounds like I had a lucky escape because my Dr wanted to put me on meds to lower my cholesterol. You must feel so frustrated. emoticon
    1622 days ago
    Oh - I am so sorry that you had to experience this episode :( - a ton of medications mess with our internal system. I am sad to hear that your crying about a plateau . Those feelings are all part of this entire process and each of us learn how to deal with in different ways. The ten points are important - have you researched any natural ways to drop cholesterol ? Herballegacy.com , really they have been around for centuries . Many people to do not like to stray from Big Pharma into Natural Healing - I was reluctant as well and felt like the herbal Guru - but sometimes we need to try different methods . This plateau will pass - I promise - Hugs Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1622 days ago

    Comment edited on: 11/16/2013 10:20:42 AM
  • KAREN608
    Hope this helps you.
    For me, they are not doing anything, not even muscle pain which is common.
    Your cholesterol numbers are so good I don't know why 10 points is that important, just keep eating right of course!!!

    Glad you have a doctor that is easy to deal with.
    I really want to be a bit less in weight by January to 'show' my doctor. He thinks my weight loss is too slow which makes me upset with him.

    My thyroid sometimes fights me, I get tested and sometimes it isn't right, but
    I keep at tracking food. I can tell when it isn't right as I feel exhausted. When it works I feel fine. I am hoping as I reduce, the thyroid will work better for me since it is on again off again right now. I do seem to have less tired days a month now which is exciting.

    Getting off meds is the goal of so many of us.
    1622 days ago
  • KITT52
    hope there is something else to try...good luck
    1622 days ago
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