Statins and IBS

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Date Joined Jun 2005
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   Posted 9/13/2007 6:05 PM (GMT -6)   
I found this website after reading an MSN article ( on doctors dismissing a lot of patient's complaints about medicine side effects, especially things like muscle pain and weakness while on statin-lowering cholesterol drugs (Lipitor, Crestor, etc.).  I started looking stuff up on the internet because my husband is on Lipitor, I think it is, and has been having terrible pains in his shoulders--even though one was never damaged and the one with the partially-torn rotator cuff should have healed up ages ago.  We've been coating him in an anti-inflammatory product, which we know helps his knees, but the shoulders have gotten no better.
Anyways, when I got to looking into muscle pain and statins, I saw that some people also complained of bowel problems, unexplained pains in the bowel/stomach region, and some have even been labeled as having IBS, even though they now personally suspect that it's the cholesterol medicine.
Just thought I would share in case any of you are on one of these drugs.  You may want to do some additional research on your own to see if this is a drug you want to continue to take (note the article that mentions that doctors generally dismiss these symptoms).   

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Date Joined Jan 2014
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   Posted 1/31/2014 12:36 AM (GMT -6)   
I took statins for one week in November, and I am STILL suffering from abdominal pain, spasms, diarrhea, etc. My doctor refuses to admit that it could be the statins, but I have had all kinds of tests with no explanation for my symptoms.
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