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Hi, I just popped in looking for info on ck-total levels. I just had the blood test done this week, and have never had it done before. I don't know if my doctor checked the wrong box on the blood test order, or decided it was a good idea. My ck-total was 169, and the lab that did my tests shows "normal" from 55-170. Being so close to the high end, I decided to check it out.

I have had chronic abdominal pain for over 15 years. It's a "burning" pain just below the rib cage. I've had just about every test in the book done (that I am aware of) and nothing has showed up as the cause. It feels more like muscle pain to me, but it's very difficult to explain. I've had all my intestinal stuff checked, including egd, colonoscopy, upper GI, several CT scans, and a relatively new procedure, capsule endoscopy. Also, my RBC has been low since the pain started, but not terribly low and it fluctuates a lot (but almost always on the low side). WBC is also usually low. No signs of internal bleeding, and bone marrow biopsy was negative. I know there are several muscle disorders, but finding them is a difficult task. Even here I only see Fibromyalgia and Muscular Dystrophy. I don't think I have either one. Any suggestions on my condition would be greatly appreciated.

As for statins, I started taking Crestor over a year ago. I didn't like how I felt after taking Crestor, and my doctor switched to Lipitor (10 mg). Since most statins are recommended to be taken at night before bed, it's hard to say what your body is going through while you sleep. Probably why they want you to take them at night! Anyway, I have just quit taking the Lipitor in an effort to see if I feel better or not.

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