I had a stent put in one of my coronary arteries (LAD) last week. Since then even on walking a short distance I get pain in thighs, buttocks and calves. However, no pain in my feet. The pain is felt in the muscles rather than in the bones.
Has anyone else experienced a similar situation after angioplasty ?
It seems a bit odd that the discomfort is in both legs. I am wondering if you have recently been started on Statins to lower your cholesterol? If this is the case, stop taking the medication immediately and seek an urgent appointment with your GP.
Statins can cause terrible damage to muscles.
The only other reason I can think of is that your muscles are not receiving adequate oxygen and are seriously aching. When I walk up stairs my calf muscles feel like they are squeezing my legs to death.
This is a very strange one, I think you should get to your GP asap.
I have been taking statins for the past eight years without these aches.
The only new medicines I started last week were the new blood thinner effient and Fenofibrate to control triglycerides. I used to take fenofibrate eight years ago when my my doctor changed that to statins. I don't recall the muscle aches during my first stint with fenofibrates. As for Efient. Well, it is so new that i feel i am a guinea pig for testing the drug. But blood thinners like Effient or Plavix are must when you get a new stent.
So to cut a long story short, i am going to come off fenofibrate for a few days and see whether the aches go away. If not then I might ask the doctors to do tests for perpheral arterial disease (PAD)
Once again thank you for your help and I wish you Happy Healthy 2010
Are you allergic to Plavix? I'm just wondering why you was put on Effient.
I am also confused about your cholesterol drugs, are you now on both fenofibrate and a statin? I wouldn't think so because fenofibrate is not supposed to be mixed with statins.
Blood thinners can also react to fenofibrate.
If your GP is having trouble controlling your cholesterol levels, maybe he should attack it from both sides instead of just one. My cholesterol was very high due to familia hypercholesterolemia. They had real problems lowering my trigs but the LDL lowered nicely with statins. They had aimed at the production in my Liver, but they also decided to limit absorption from the gut. I was given Ezetimibe (Ezeterol) to add to the statin. So I was now on 40mg Atorvastatin and 10mg Ezetimibe. The results were amazing, I had even lower LDL, higher HDL and very low trigs. The great thing also is that I can eat anything I want and over two years my levels have stayed the same.
Good luck in finding your problem and happy new year to you too.
I am not allergic to Plavix but unresponsive. According to the hospital staff I was in last week, I am in the 30% of the population who can not convert Plavix to its active form and therefore they prescribed Effient. This is the same staff who prescribed fenofibrate ! I just read about the interaction of fibrates and statins on drugs.com before I saw your message. I had a vague feeling about the interaction and that's why I stopped it yesterday. The other drugs I stopped yesterday were Lamicil for toe fungal infection and caltrate, an over the counter calcium supplement. This afternoon I did go for a walk at a local beach. The thigh and hips pain , I describe in the original message was there except today, I thought it was more pronounced on the right side. Could this be due to the interventional cardiologist messing things up during the catheterization procedure on the right side of my groin last week ? I don't know. The symptoms though are very similar to intermittent claudication where the muscle pain in your hips, thighs and calves disappear when you rest and probably points towards peripheral arterial disease( PAD) . Having said that, I am going to see what happens over the next few days with not taking fenofibrate, lamicil and calcium. If the condition remains then I will ask my doctors for new tests.
With some people, statins seriously reduce the production of the coenzyme CoQ10 in the Liver. All muscle cells rely on this to create energy and a lack of it causes damage and discomfort in the muscles. This includes heart muscle. I have been researching this and intend to mention it to my cardiologist on the 12th to get his opinion. When you stop taking statins, then perhaps the fibrates are having the same affect. Most people when changed to a different type of statin overcome this problem. Its very common for the diagnosis to be a circulation problem. It is clearly becoming more obvious in research that cellular molecular reactions creating energy are the problem with the lack of all the necessary substances.
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