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Ask Dr. Gott 4/14
Quit statins to end pain
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DEAR DR. GOTT: In the recent past, I read a letter sent to you concerning pain in limbs of persons on statins.
    I have been on Lipitor for a considerable number of years. At the onset I, too, experienced muscular pain in my upper arms. I mentioned this to a friend, who researched this on the Internet. She shared with me that statins draw a certain enzyme from the liver, this being the cause of the pain. She learned that by taking Coenzyme Q10, the pain would be relieved and the enzymes restored.
    I take the Lipitor at night and the Coenzyme Q10 in the morning and find that within an hour, I am relieved of my muscular pain.
    DEAR READER: I don't have a problem with your use of Coenzyme Q10. But, for Heaven's sake, get off the statin drug. Once you stop stressing the muscles and liver with a prescription drug, your discomfort should disappear unless permanent damage has occurred to your muscles because of the extended use. There are several other nonstatin cholesterol-lowering medications you can use.
    If the pain isn't from the statin, you'll need some testing by your primary-care physician to check out other potential causes of your complaint.
    To give you related information, I am sending you a copy of my Health Report "Understanding Cholesterol." Other readers who would like a copy should send a long, self-addressed, stamped envelope and $2 to Newsletter, PO Box 167, Wickliffe, OH 44092. Be sure to mention the title.

    DEAR DR. GOTT: I am writing in response to the 66-year-old lady who is having bowel problems and sometimes cannot get to the bathroom without a "dumping" accident.
    I have experienced the same problem. After surgery in 1986 to remove part of my colon, I "messed up" several times. I was always concerned that I would have a problem in public.
    Three years ago, a gastroenterologist advised me to take Metamucil. I take 1 tablespoon of Metamucil in 8 or 10 ounces of Gatorade every morning.
    I have been in control ever since with no accidents. Metamucil has made my life much more enjoyable. I can eat in a restaurant without worry. What a relief!
    I'm 91 and finally enjoying life.
    DEAR READER: Colon surgery shortens the colon, a common result being bowel problems including diarrhea and fecal incontinence. The Metamucil has added fiber to your diet, which has slowed down the rapid colonic contractions and permitted you to have a more enjoyable life without the possibility of becoming a social liability.
    Perhaps your solution will assist others. Thanks for sharing.

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