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Friday, October 17, 2008 dlandman, Community Member, asks

Q: I got some bad test results.

I have been trying different drugs on my Drs advice. I have had Tricor, Zocor, and another which I cant remember the name. I finally settled on Crestor. This one seemed to be the most tolerant with my body. All the others gave me SEVERE muscle cramps.

When I started Crestor my Cholesterol levels were 24 good and 311 bad Triglyceride level 758. Since taking Crestor now for about 6 months my most recent test results were terrible. my good is 26 my bad is 594 along with a triglyceride count of 2494. For more good news today after reading the results of the test he informed me that my blood pressure is very high. I dont really understand the numbers but he said the "low" number is high. It has been ranging between 94 and 97 with the high number normal. He prescribed me a blood pressure med that I havent filled yet. I cant tell you what it is because I cant read his writing.

Still not done yet.......... my blood glucose is 125. He told me that if it was 126 i would be a diabetic. It seems like I am falliing apart at the ripe old age of 41. I dont even think I saw a Dr in my life until just a couple of years ago. I have to also do another 2 hr sugar test. The last one in May said I was borderline diabetic. He said Im a little closer to borderline now and another test will be done next week. He referred me to another doctor who is supposed to be better solving cholestorol issues. I dont know what to do.

I dont really feel bad, a little tired more than usual but now there is an impending heart attack right around the corner (or so it seems) I even tried to get into a trial for high cholesterol last week and they rejected me saying my triglyceride level was quote "dangerous" Im pretty scared mostly for my family and grandchildren who need me to get a good start in life. I am 6ft 240 lbs. Im sure my fitness is contributing but I am also sure that there are people in worse condition than me who do not have issues like I have.

Can I have some advice please? 

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Martha, Community Member
11/23/08 2:31pm

My short answer is to increase your physical activity and lose some weight.  If you lost 40 lbs. I bet you would see a positive result.  If you can afford to join a gym and work with personal trainer a couple times a week, you would have a great support system to lose this weight.  You may also need to adjust your diet.  It gets a lot harder to just do anything you want after 40.  Also, I would chagne doctors and find someone who had a more holistic approach to solving your cholesterol problems. Good luck. 

Indian Joy, Community Member
10/17/08 9:43pm

When I had shingles (stay with me), I tried the Dr.'s recommendation of standard drugs. Day after day, I was in misery. Then I looked online and found some herbal medicine and tried that. Immediately (within 48hrs) I began to notice a difference in my pain level and energy level. Not drastic, but noticable.

My advice is that sometimes regular medicine is, at best, ok, at worst, harmful. All herbal medicines I have tried have at worst, nothing, and at best, helped my body heal itself.

I hope I have helped you.

Best of luck...and I mean it!


laura, Community Member
10/18/08 4:48pm

I have the same problem.  My triglycerides are over 1,000, cholesterol 344, blood sugar range from 140's to over 300 and my good cholesterol is also low.  However I have low blood pressure.  For the past 16 years I have had to eat a low fat, low sugar high protein diet and I don't drink alcohol.  I can't eat that stuff since they took my gall bladder out 16 years ago or I will get very sick.  I am 51, 5.7 and 140 lbs.  None of this makes sense at all.  I certainly can't change my diet or loose weight or stop drinking.  the doctor recently put me on Lopid.  He thinks there is some other reason for these results and I go back to see him next week.  I am a minute away from a stroke or a heart attack as well.  It is very frustrating when I don't do any of the things that cause these kind of tests results.


I certainly can sympathize with you and your frustration.


Lets hope they figure something out.


Take care

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