Jump to content

Ads



How to get your questions answered.

All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

Tips on posting on the forums.

  1. Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ ...
  2. Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title ... 
  3. Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help ...
Continue Reading


  • Advertisemnt

  • Advertisemnt

  • Advertisemnt

  • 14 Questions about VA Disability Compensation Benefits Claims

    questions-001@3x.png

    When a Veteran starts considering whether or not to file a VA Disability Claim, there are a lot of questions that he or she tends to ask. Over the last 10 years, the following are the 14 most common basic questions I am asked about ...
    Continue Reading
     
  • Can a 100 percent Disabled Veteran Work and Earn an Income?

    employment 2.jpeg

    You’ve just been rated 100% disabled by the Veterans Affairs. After the excitement of finally having the rating you deserve wears off, you start asking questions. One of the first questions that you might ask is this: It’s a legitimate question – rare is the Veteran that finds themselves sitting on the couch eating bon-bons … Continue reading

  • Search



Sign in to follow this  
john999

Statins And Muscle Pain

Recommended Posts

I have been taking statins for a number of years. I have pain that has gotten worse over the years in my back muscles. I am wondering has anyone else ever had a similar reaction to statin drugs. My brother has some kind of neuropathy and he thinks his is due to the statin drugs he takes. My pain started gradually and has gotten much worse with no objective evidence of anything in my back that could cause such pain. I am grasping at straws. I have been to the back doctors and arthritus doctors and all the rest with no result except lots of narcotic pain killers which don't work anymore.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ad


Ive had to be taken off of simvistatin which they (the VA) told me was a powerful drug. They put me on pravistatin (dont know if thats spelled right) which is a weaker form of statin. They did it because i was having aches and pains all over my body and could only relate it to the statin. There is a test they can give you to see if you are having a reaction to it. I would ask for the test.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks, I have been tearing my hair out trying to figure out why I am in so much pain with such inconsequential objective findings. If I find out that the statins have caused this misery I am going rejoice first, and then I think I will strangle my doctor who presribed the drug to me. I have had about 5 MRI's, spinals x-rays, nerve blocks etc with no results. I have become dependent on narcotics. When my psychologist said it might be a food allergy it got me thinking. I have suffered like a dog for a number of years while taking my zocor every night like a good boy. I think I will call my real internist. He may brush it off because everyone takes statins now. He takes them. My shrink takes them. Half of the medical professionals over the age of 40 take them. I think many may have a mental block about the side effects of long term use. It did lower my cholesterol by about 40% and I never even had a belly ache. I know there is some evidence that cholesterol levels may not be the factor in heart attacks. They may be a marker for something else. You know we are all just lab rats for the drug companies because we are the ones who will show if long term use of a host of drugs cause unanticipated consequences. It took the VA 30 years to determine that AO caused DMII. People in their teens are now getting DMII from AO 40 years later and I remember the NCO drinking it to show it was harmless. He died from stomache cancer.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I also had aches and pains from taking a statin - so I stopped. Instead I started taking a chinese holistic med - "Red Rice Yeast", which my aunt takes for her cholestral. Her heart doc says it is good, and to take it with her other heart drugs. Lucky me all I have is high cholestral, which I figure will kill me with a strike to the heart. Better than withering from cancer, in my opinion....

Do your own due diligence on the RRY before you take it.

Akwidow

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
I also had aches and pains from taking a statin - so I stopped. Instead I started taking a chinese holistic med - "Red Rice Yeast", which my aunt takes for her cholestral. Her heart doc says it is good, and to take it with her other heart drugs. Lucky me all I have is high cholestral, which I figure will kill me with a strike to the heart. Better than withering from cancer, in my opinion....

Do your own due diligence on the RRY before you take it.

Akwidow

I was taking Lipitor for quite a number of years. Started to develop severe muscle cramps in hands and lower legs. This fooled me for a while when my legs cramped as I thought it originated from my spine problems. When I discussed this with my family physician, he immediately stopped the Lipitor. I was off it for one year. Still get very minor lower leg cramps. My private doc recently started me (also) on Red Yeast Rice, 1200 mgs. per day.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
Sign in to follow this  


  • Advertisemnt


  • Most Common VA Disabilities Claimed for Compensation:   

    tinnitus-005.pngptsd-005.pnglumbosacral-005.pngscars-005.pnglimitation-flexion-knee-005.pngdiabetes-005.pnglimitation-motion-ankle-005.pngparalysis-005.pngdegenerative-arthitis-spine-005.pngtbi-traumatic-brain-injury-005.png

  • Latest News
  • Our picks

    • Retroactive Back Pay.
      Retroactive Back Pay - #1Viewed Post Week of March 19. 2018

      My claim is scheduled to close tomorrow for my backpay.
      Does anyone know if it does close how long till the backpay hits the bank?
      Also does information only get updated on our claims whenever the site is down?
      • 44 replies
    • Examining your service medical records...
      * First thing I do after receiving a service medical record is number each page when I get to the end I go back and add 1 of 100 and so on.

      * Second I then make a copy of my service medical records on a different color paper, yellow or buff something easy to read, but it will distinguish it from the original.

      * I then put my original away and work off the copy.

      * Now if you know the specific date it's fairly easy to find. 

      * If on the other hand you don't know specifically or you had symptoms leading up to it. Well this may take some detective work and so Watson the game is afoot.

      * Let's say it's Irritable Syndrome 

      * I would start page by page from page 1, if the first thing I run across an entry that supports my claim for IBS, I number it #1, I Bracket it in Red, and then on a separate piece of paper I start to compile my medical evidence log. So I would write Page 10 #1 and a brief summary of the evidence, do this has you go through all the your medical records and when you are finished you will have an index and easy way to find your evidence. 

      Study your diagnosis symptoms look them up. Check common medications for your IBS and look for the symptoms noted in your evidence that seem to point to IBS, if your doctor prescribes meds for IBS, but doesn't call it that make those a reference also.
      • 9 replies
    • How to get your questions answered on the forum
      Do not post your question in someone else's thread. If you are reading a topic that sounds similar to your question, start a new topic and post your question. When you add your question to a topic someone else started both your questions get lost in the thread. So best to start your own thread so you can follow your question and the other member can follow theirs.

      All VA Claims questions should be posted on our forums. Read the forums without registering, to post you must register it’s free. Register for a free account.

      Tips on posting on the forums.

      Post a clear title like ‘Need help preparing PTSD claim’ or “VA med center won’t schedule my surgery” instead of ‘I have a question’.


      Knowledgable people who don’t have time to read all posts may skip yours if your need isn’t clear in the title. I don’t read all posts every login and will gravitate towards those I have more info on.


      Use paragraphs instead of one huge, rambling introduction or story. Again – You want to make it easy for others to help. If your question is buried in a monster paragraph there are fewer who will investigate to dig it out.



      Leading to:

      Post clear questions and then give background info on them.



      Examples:

      A. I was previously denied for apnea – Should I refile a claim?



      I was diagnosed with apnea in service and received a CPAP machine but claim was denied in 2008. Should I refile?




      B. I may have PTSD- how can I be sure?


      I was involved in traumatic incident on base in 1974 and have had nightmares ever since, but I did not go to mental health while enlisted. How can I get help?





      This gives members a starting point to ask clarifying questions like “Can you post the Reasons for Denial from your claim?” etc.

      Note:

      Your firsts posts on the board may be delayed before they show up, as they are reviewed, this process does not take long and the review requirement will be removed usually by the 6th post, though we reserve the right to keep anyone on moderator preview.

      This process allows us to remove spam and other junk posts before they hit the board. We want to keep the focus on VA Claims and this helps us do that.
      • 2 replies
    • I have a 30% hearing loss and 10% Tinnitus rating since 5/17.  I have Meniere's Syndrome which was diagnosed by a VA facility in 2010 yet I never thought to include this in my quest for a rating.  Meniere's is very debilitating for me, but I have not made any noise about it because I could lose my license to drive.  I am thinking of applying for additional compensation as I am unable to work at any meaningful employment as I cannot communicate effectively because of my hearing and comprehension difficulties.  I don't know whether to file for a TDUI, or just ask for additional compensation.  My county Veterans service contact who helped me get my current rating has been totally useless on this when I asked her for help.  Does anyone know which forms I should use?  There are so many different directions to proceed on this that I am confused.  Any help would be appreciated.  Vietnam Vet 64-67. 
    • e-Benefits Status Messages
      e-Benefits Status Messages 

      Claims Process – Your claim can go from any step to back a step depending on the specifics of the claim, so you may go from Pending Decision Approval back to Review of Evidence. Ebenefits status is helpful but not definitive. Continue Reading
      • 0 replies
×

Important Information

{terms] and Guidelines