My total cholesterol numbers were high at 304. My primary care physician put me on Crestor and I had muscle pain. He now has me on Vytorin and while my cholesterol levels are good, I'm starting to get pain in my calfs and am growing concerned.
I have since tried guggelipid, beta-sistosterol, polycosinol, artichoke extract, chitin, and a soluable fiber drink that contains plant sterols that has worked for others. My cholesterol only dropped 10 points.
From all the horror stories about statins on the web and from what I've heard, I'm really scared to continue with them, especially with these developing calf pains. I've recently taken a CK test and awaiting the bloodwork results, but I just saw a study on the web that indicated people had myopathies with normal CK levels.
Based upon my original high numbers that have been brought down to normalcy, I know the statins will control my cholesterol but am afraid of what they may do to the rest of me. After all, many pathologies aren't reported and minor issues can add up over time.
Are there other therapies and nutritionals I haven't tried that others have had success with?