Vytorin leg pain

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It's been my experience that Vytorin along with other statin drugs do cause joint pain. Personally, it affected my left leg. It was not so much pain as the feeling that my leg felt heavy with the sensation of having to drag it along. If standing, I would find myself shifting my weight to my right leg because of the heaviness and achey feeling in my left leg. Also, my sister, who also took Vytorin had what the doctor diagnosed as arthritis in both hips.
My doctor perscribed Vytorin 10/20. This is where my health began to deteriorate. I developed both clay soft stool and chronic explosive diarrhea in the mornings (3-4X before leaving the house) and excessive tiredness. At first I didnt put the two together, I just thought it was something I was eating or drinking so I continuously changed my diet. Nothing helped. I went back to the doctor for a 1 yr follow up and mentioned the diarrhea.
Active male with normal blood pressure and cholesterol who had a heart attack at age 73. Now taking blood thiner and Vytorin under a cardiologist's care. Experiencing leg and ankle pain. Recently pulled a hamstring muscle leading to severe bleeding and bruising in my left thigh. Even after swelling and bruising went down I still have significant pain particularly at night. My cholesterol has always been low but with the Vytorin it is now less than 100 for the HDL and LDL together.
The swelling has increased around his leg and into his ankle and the bruise has gotten larger, also a light red color to his leg. with terrible pain. We have seen 4 docs so far. Have had problems with his INR going up and down. Today was 4.8. He also has some unexplained bruising on both arms & stomach. Have told all of this to er doc, family doc, heart doc & today seen leg,ankle,foot specialist. X-ray shows nothing, mri done today.
Likewise, I have had this warm sensation - mainly on the left side of the body (primarily leg) that started 4-5 weeks after having pain on left side of head. I've had MRI and CT but both negative. Three neurologist told me "nothing at this point to worry about - most likely anxiety". I'm now on Fluxotene and Ativan but still have the sensations and periodic left side headaches. No vertigo, nausea, unbalance, etc.
About 2 weeks ago I developed minor numbness in my left pink and ring fingers. I can stil feel them, they're just dulled. This coincides somewhat with some odd sensations in my upper chest.. mostly on the left side just under the collar bone. It's not pain so much, nor "crushing pressure", etc, that would have had me running to the ER ASAP. For background, to complicate things...
In the evening of Dec.27,2005 I experienced a sudden, horrific pain just below the outside of my left ankle. It was so intense, came in waves 1 to 5 min apart and would take my breath away each time. This continued for several days, gradually decreasing in pain. Within a week, numbness began in the same ankle and crept up the leg. Then numbness in my right hand, days later, in my right leg, and finally my left hand.
5 mg Minoxidil 2x/day, 60 mg Nifedipin ER 1x/day,10 mg simvastatin 1 x/day (cannot take vytorin nor lipitor - causes flank pain), 75 mg plavix 1 x/day, 40 mg furosemide 1x/day, 1 mg lorazepam 1x/day, 1000 mg fish oil 2x/day 10 mg Hydrocodone/350 mg acetometephing 4x/day. Chest & stomach pain have been daily since surgeries. Also has nightly leg cramps - not movement, just cramping. Shoulder pain was there after CABG, but got better however, recently, very bad.
Claudication symptoms 1 year ago revealed that both popliteal arteries had aneurysms and thrombis (clot). One had collaterals that had provided blood flow to lower leg. The other required a fem-pop bypass which was successful. Pre-op check for fem-pop revealed a 5.5cm aneurysm on my asc aorta. 3 CT's every 6 months shows it hasn't grown. Hoping that it's stability will prevent having to go in there. Healed nicely from fem-pop, began working out after 3 months, then a clot formed in my graph.
for the past 6 weeks i have developed pain in the ligaments of my right knee which feels like i am straining my calf muscle and ligaments when i bend my knee and find it impossible to kneel down due to the extreme pain. I can walk no problem and stairs are no problem, but as soon as I rest my leg either by sitting on a chair or the leg raised, it is very difficult to straighten or walk on for a few minutes. It seems like the back of my knee can not straighten or lock into standing position.
My primary told me to take Advil, stop taking my prescribed Vytorin and stop using weights in my exercise. The pain did not go away. I developed tingling in my hands. Saw an ortho who thought I might have a pinched nerve. Had an MRI of the cervical spine. Revealed small central extruded disc hemiat on at C6-C7 without nerve root or cord compression. Also revealed a thyroglossal duct cyst. Had an MRI of the brain. Showed no pituitary or hypothalamic lesion.
All they do is put me to sleep and when I wake up the pain is still there. The pain is worse in the evening hours. To lift my right leg up and down is extreme painful. Often symptons are neck pains and other joint pains arms fingers swelling in hands and feet. Any idea?
Cramps and contractions in the same places - under ribs ( front and back) on certain movements - (L) middle finger contracts ( only this finger) - cramp severe and uncontrollable inside (R) inner thigh. Severe burning ( like a hot needle) pain on top of ( R) foot in exactly the same spot each time. Lasts 10 minutes or so Tongue goes dark blue, numb and affects my speech . Lasts about 10-20 minutes then the tongue becomes bright red and feeling returns. Difficulty swallowing.
However now I am having some severe arthritic like pain in most of my joints. My right shoulder and left knee are the worst (my non affected side. My breast cancer was left side). I know that bone and arthritic like pain are normal while on Arimidex therapy. But I'm worried. My daughter read some where that it can take 6 months to a year for this go away. I use to VERY active but since my radiation ended I feel kinda lost. I want to be "me" again and this pain doesn't exactly help.
Went to my primary who said stop exercising with weights and take Advil. He also took me off Vytorin. Pain did not go away. Went to a ortho who tought I had a pinched nerve. MRI of cervical spine revealed no compression but a thyglo cyst. MRI of brain was unremarkable. Was sent for phys. therapy which helped neck and shoulder. In the meantime, developed tingling in left hand and left foot. Within two weeks, tingling spread to right foot and right hand.
In May I experienced muscle pain and weakness along with ankle pain in my right leg. I take lipitor 40 mg. I thought it was from the lipitor (I have experienced muscle pain before, been on lipitor for 8 years) My doctor did a blood test CPK levels were slightly elevated. Then in mid June I developed foot drop again anf numbness on top of my right foot, great toe and the next two toes as well as the top of my foot.
Within about three months, though, I began having weird shoulder and neck pain (not forearm pain, though), unrelated to any change in my life. The pain was strange and difficult to characterize, and because I am female, over 50, and a gym rat, I was diagnosed with various kinds of muscle strain and osteoarthritis, and sent to physical therapy. Nothing helped. In fact, the pain became increasingly worse. It was not actually disabling, but it was constant.
Went to primary who said I should take Advil, stop taking Vytorin and don't use weights in exercising. Pain expanded into right side of neck , both shoulders and muscle aches in both arms. Saw an ortho who sent me for an MRI of the cervical spine. with the resulting impression: Thyroglossal duct cyst. Recommend clinical evaluation. Small central extruded disc herniation at C6-C7 without nerve root or cord compression. Ortho recommended phys.
My elderly aunt just had to stop simvastatin due to sever back and leg pain. The pain was so bad that she was not steady on her feet, causing her to fall alot. Last monday it go so bad that I had to call her son to come pick her up and take her home with him. They read up on all of her meds called the Dr. he stopped the simvastatin and she is much better now and cont to improve. My husband is on it and has no problems. As with most drugs, they affect people different.
Musculoskeletal System Joint pain or swelling or tenderness Stiffness of joints, back, neck Muscle pain or cramps Bone pain Heavy feeling in one or more limbs Neurological System Tremors or unexplained shaking (especially at night) Burning or stabbing sensations in the body Weakness or partial paralysis/stroke-like symptoms Pressure in the head Numbness in body, tingling, pinpricks Poor balance, dizziness, difficulty walking Increased motion sickness Lightheadedness, wooziness Sud
I take 1800 mg.per day & split it up throughout the day. I thought I didn't need it & that it wasn't helping until I quit taking it & realized it does help with my pain. It doesn't help my headaches but seems to help with nerve pain, twitches, & restless leg syndrome. I started out with 300 mg.3x daily & moved up as needed. I do think weird dreams can be a side effect but so far I haven't experienced that.
I have low and controlled cholesterol levels (TC 151), controlled blood pressure (105/70), no family history of early onset heart disease or stroke, no smoking ever, no diabetes and walk 3 miles every day in 45 mins on a treadmill with no leg pain or symptoms at all. I try to burn 3,000 cals per week. I have had 3 nuclear stress tests and echos over the last three years, all normal and normal blood work as well. So far so good for a 50 year old man I guess. Someone knock on wood for me!
I'm mostly recovered and am primarily just dealing with the chronic pain from all that my body went through. Was doing a lot better until about three months ago (May 2009) when I started having a set of symptoms that just debilitated me. I spent half of June in bed with extreme fatigue/exhaustion; difficulty concentrating, focusing and thinking; terrible headaches; nausea and dizziness; and a general feeling of being "unwell.
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