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I'm a 46 year old male, 155 lbs. Around 2007 I was diagnosed with high cholesterol and high blood pressure. My LDL was 160 and total was 224, so at the advice of my doctor, I started taking simvastatin, 40mg. The first few weeks I paid attention to see if I would have any side effects. I didn't, so I just popped it every day and forgot about it. And it certainly worked as my LDL went down to 70 or so. About 2 years later, I started having twitching muscles. Doctor couldn't find anything wrong.

A year or so later I just started feeling really tired and weak all the time. It is really a feeling I can hardly describe other than I felt like total crap about 80-90% of the time. Once again, my doctor did tests (sleep study, etc.) and could find nothing that would be causing fatigue. Not long after that it just came to me to research statins, and lo and behold I discovered a lot of people were having the same symptoms as me, so I decided to stop taking it.

This Feb will be 3 years since I've taken it. And during that time I have gradually gotten better, but it still took quite a long time before I would stop having my fatigue like symptoms. I am pretty much 100% now, so it was obviously that medicine that was making me feel just dreadful.

Also during the last 3 years, I've did everything I know of naturally to lower my cholesterol. Exercise (I've went from about 175 to 155). Almonds. Flax Seed. Soluble fiber (Metamucil, fruits, etc.). Soy nuts. Fish Oil. Oatmeal. Niaspan. Cholesterol Off (plant stanol supplement). And I had some really good success. I got the LDL down to 111 and total to 175 about a year ago. But now it has crept back up, despite me doing even more than what I had been doing.

My recent test my LDL was 156, total 223, HDL 53, LDL-P (particle size) 1605, Triglycerides 70. I am doing just about all I can possibly do from a "natural" standpoint. Should I go back on a statin? If so, which one and what dosage? It really terrifies me to take that crap again, but I also don't want to wind up with a clogged artery.

Just looking for any advice anyone can give me.

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