Give Me Back My Mind!
There are two updates to this post, within.
This is very distressing news.
Good For The Heart, Bad For The Mind? — Flash video from ABC News
Update: Someone uploaded the video segment to YouTube. You can watch it here without going to ABC’s site:
I’m on one of these goddamned things.
I noticed mental effects right away. Had to twist my doctor’s arm in order to get off it to confirm my contention.
Worse news: It did not reverse the effects.
So I’ve been back on it.
But the effects are getting worse recently. I’ve been joking about premature Alzheimer’s. Turns out it’s no joke. These things can mimic that.
Worst of all, my writing has turned to utter shit.
I didn’t think to Google this until now. Because I didn’t know about it. I hadn’t been told of this possible side effect!
According to a recent survey of 650 patients, doctors dismissed or ignored patients’ concerns about statin side effects more often than they acknowledged them.1 Among the symptoms encountered by patients were muscle pain, cognitive deficits, and finger and toe numbness—all side effects reported in the literature[.]
Maureen Webber had to quit her job. She has to write everything down in a journal or else she’ll forget right away.
And former NASA astronaut Duane Graveline has had two bouts of temporary amnesia.
Most said they’d complained to their doctors about such possible side effects as problems with memory or attention, or tingling or numbness in their hands and feet.
I have taken Lipitor for several years. I now notice numbness in my feet and sporadic memory loss, difficulty balancing my checkbook and using the computer.
Five years have passed since my transient global amnesia reaction to the statin drug, Lipitor, was made public knowledge. At that time dozens of doctors and pharmacists assured me that, “Statins don’t do that.”
Statin | Side Effects — a long list of links!
Emphasis added by me in all quotes above.
I don’t know what to do about this yet. When I had mentioned getting off of this altogether to my pharmacist, he said it might not be possible. He said some people are genetically predisposed to manufacturing excess cholesterol.
I must call my doctor tomorrow. I need to get this straightened out.
I want my fucking mind back!
Update: This is the Wall Street Journal article referenced in the ABC video.