I have chronic peripheral neuropathy thanks to my doctors over-prescribing Lipitor to lower my cholesterol which is a treatment totally unnecessary in a woman without any history of a heart attack. Neither of my parents suffered a heart attack.
My son was prescribed a statin at the age of 26 and refused to take it because his OCD kicked in and started us on a investigative journey. Now at 31 because of his healthy eating and exercise, his lipid panel is perfectly ok. He did not need to be put on a lifetime of statins and at a higher amount than the minimum dose. The minimum dosage would have given him the anti-inflammatory benefits that a statin can give a middle-aged man.
My husband has cutback his statin to three times a week instead of a daily dose and his doctor did not even threaten to raise his dose after seeing a slight rise in his LDL. Otherwise, his lipid panel has remained the same. The generic Lipitor is practically free so that is no longer a factor.
The thought of the thousands of dollars we spent on Lipitor co-pays for decades to ruin the quality of my health really angers me. It has made me lose faith in medical professionals.