leg pains and cramps while resting

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Submitted by Dr T on January 31, 2011 – 9:52am


My leg pain comes and goes mainly at rest or driving . Have been on simvastatin tired  pravastatin for problem was told to stop until pain goes away has not in 3-weeks .  but the next trial will be crestor . should i ignore pain and treat cholesterol? The pain is in my left leg/ right leg has gotten better

Statins are indeed sometimes associated with leg cramps. When that happens, this can be very disabling. However, I am concerned your symptoms may also be secondary to a blockage in the arteries to your legs causing “claudication”. Has that been excluded?
Statin side effects can indeed be very troublesome. Maybe this can be of help; I have blogged about this before:
Have you tried Cholestyramine (Questran)? Read more about that here:
Last, but not least, are you sure your diet is optimal? Read more here:
You can calculate your specific risk here:

I believe a proper diet plays a much underrated role. In fact, since as a heart surgeon I can hardly be called an expert in this field, a culinary chef and a Nutritionist have joined me as an invaluable addition to my website!
Hope this helps,
Dr T,

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