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High Cholesterol Message Board

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I've always had a history of borderline/high cholesterol. In July, my gynecologist did a non-fasting cholesterol test, and the level was 231 mg/dl. He sent me a list of low-cholesterol foods, and told me to check it in a year. In September, my cholesterol was also checked because I went on Accutane-- it was 234. Accutane can cause triglycerides and cholesterol levels to spike-- mine did, staying at 272. After Accutane, the levels should go back to normal, but my dermatologist and I decided to do a fasting lipid profile to be sure. It came back on Thursday, and was 321. We've always been aware of the family history of high cholesterol (my paternal grandma has it), and Dr. D told me to go see an internist and "get some Lipitor".

I was really freaked by this. I've been strictly following my Slim Fast diet for a month, and my family does not eat high cholesterol foods constantly. We use margarine, drink skim milk, eat red meat once a week at most, use only boneless pork loin when cooking pork, and used reduced fat dairy products. Dr. D told me that this is obviously heredity, and to stop beating myself up. He also said that my levels are not at a place yet where they would be a short-term concern, only a long-term concern.

My first question is: how important is it for me to see the doctor ASAP? Dr. D is sending me to his internist; "the doctor the doctors see". They both work in the same building, and he can check up on my case. He's also sending this doctor a letter and my chart... but the earliest appointment is in 5 weeks. I called Dr. D to ask him if it's okay to wait 5 weeks, or should I see someone else, but I called late today and expect a call on Monday. What would you all do?

Also, does anyone know a good website with some good information about high cholesterol? I can't seem to find much.

Is anyone here relatively young and have this problem? It just seems so foreign to people my age.

Finally, are there bad side effects to mixing Lipitor and birth control? The prescribing information says to "let your doctor know about birth control pills", but nothing more. I don't really want to stop taking my birth control if I get put on Liptor.

Thanks so much for your help...

I'm glad I found this board!


P.S. Dr. D recommended that I start aspirin therapy. Is that usually one baby aspirin a day? I was going to wait for that until I saw the internist, but it looks as though it will be a long wait.

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