Trouble with statin may be a class effect
Last year I was prescribed a statin to lower my cholesterol level. The cholesterol level came down fairly quickly but I developed side effects including muscle weakness and soreness, tiredness, sensitivity to cold weather and weight loss. Consequently I had to stop the medication and, of course, my cholesterol level has crept up again. Is it worthwhile trying another, different statin to see if the same thing happens again? YOU are unlucky in that most people can take statins without any side effects, and the side effects you experienced certainly appear to have been reasonably severe.
You could try a different statin and you might find you tolerate that better. However, realistically it is more likely that your reaction will be a class effect and all the statins will affect you in a similar way. You need to discuss this with your doctor because there are a number of medications available to lower your cholesterol that are not statins.
Examples include the fibrates, medications that effectively target triglycerides and a newer medication, ezetimibe, which helps prevent the absorption of cholesterol from the intestine.
You could also try fish oil, which has been shown to have a positive effect on blood cholesterol levels. I ama healthy 24-year-old woman. Last year, in the summer I developed white blotches over the top of my back, chest and shoulders. These became more pronounced as my skin tanned. They weren’t itchy or scaly and I otherwise felt well so I didn’t worry about them. They faded over the winter but seemed to recur when I started spending time in the sun again (or maybe I just noticed them more). Is there any way I can fix this skin condition? THERE are a number of possible diagnoses here and to be certain you should have a doctor actually look at the rash, but from the symptoms you describe it is most likely you have a condition called Pityriasis versicolor.
This common yeast infection results in patches of altered skin pigment usually. It is more noticeable in summer as the surrounding skin tans. There are a number of treatments for this condition.
One simple option is selenium sulfide 2.5 per cent (Selsun shampoo). Apply the lotion nightly to the affected areas (straight from the bottle) and leave on for 10 minutes before washing it off. Do this daily for about two to four weeks and then monthly for a year. The patches can take a while to disappear. For some months I have been experiencing pin prick feelings all over my skin, especially in my feet and over my scalp. Close examination, even using sticky tape has not found any infestation. Could this be a skin infection? IT could be, but you haven’t mentioned if there is anything to see in terms of a rash that might support the diagnosis of a skin infection. In the absence of any mite infestation such as scabies, your symptoms could have many possible causes. These include allergy (have you changed soap or shampoo lately?), medication side effect, vitamin deficiency, neuralgia and diabetes, to name a few. Sometimes people with these symptoms liken them to the sensation of ants crawling under the skin, a symptom that has been named formication.
This has been associated with alcohol abuse but also with certain psychiatric conditions such as depression. The good news with regard to this diagnosis is that the symptom is usually very readily treatable with medication.
The most important thing to do in the first instance is go and get checked out medically. The diagnosis can only be made after a full history and examination has been made. Linda Calabresi is a GP and editor of MedicalObserver. Send your queries to firstname.lastname@example.org