That was me about eight years ago. Lipitor pushed me over the edge, but I had been getting there for a couple of years, probably. I stopped all statins (and eventually gave up on most other cholesterol meds) and started experimenting with various supplements. For me D-ribose worked wonders for the pain, but others have reported less success with it. Others take L-carnitine with some good reports. CoQ10 may also help.
You unfortunately have to be your own doctor and own guinea pig here -- there aren't really any doctors who know how to deal with this.
Hello Barbara, thank you for posting this as total body aches is something we all deal with I'm sure, some more often than others. I am 59 and for right now, grateful the total body aches don't consume me very often. For me it has been when the weather is really damp, rainy and cold. I have the total opposite experience when the weather is sunny and warm (for the most part).
I am afraid to come off the cholesterol med as I am fighting to get my cholesterol numbers down. My cholesterol numbers are not not bad but I hesitate to stop taking the medication. Maybe as I age I will re-consider as I am finding after a certain age all things PPS are changing more dramatically each year. Fatigue is a big issue but I have finally realized I need to do this when I feel the need to feel re-energized.
Funny but good thing for me, when I get the total body aches, Tylenol works well for me, at least it lessens some of the throbbing. I can't take prescription pain meds at all. Except for Darvocet but as of about 6 months ago, is off the market! :L(
Take care Barbara, Paula
Boy, it sounds like alot have all over body aches- I also get pain and to try and determine if it is muscle, nerve and bone pain- very difficult.. I know my knee is bone pain but some of the other areas at times feels that way also- I do take pain meds/ I have to because nothing else touches the pain- in other words I would not be able to function each day- I have to because I am also a care giver to my husband. Even with alot of help coming in- it is a 24/7 job.
I do notice like Paula said weather plays a big part in all over aches- we have alot of humidity here in NYS- plus cold winters, etc. Bring on lots of aches- it is the deep down pain I am concerned about.
I have to start with a PT to figure out what exactly is causing the pain especially in my back. Dx'd with Osteoarthritis, Scoliosis, DDD and spinal stenosis- all over pain from shoulders, neck down - so hopefully I maybebe able to try a TENS unit(not sure) If it were up to me, I would live in my tub-lol.
Hugs and lets keep trying to help each other
I'm lucky in that regard -- not a trace of arthritis at 62. I have a bad knee, but it's bothered me since I was a teen and hasn't gotten much worse (though it would get worse if I didn't do some special therapy for it), and I do get normal backaches (which exercise helps prevent), and then of course there's my wrecked rotator cuff that is still giving me some pain, but mostly no bone/joint pain. So pretty much anything I get is muscle pain, and it's therefore easier to recognize.
I did discover, starting about 8 years ago, that cold made the pain worse, especially in my lower legs. Used to wear shorts all the time (in winter, in Minnesota, even) but now they're reserved for warm weather.