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Side effects of cholesterol lowering medication - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Practicing since : 2004
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hello
User :   I have difficulty with gas and left arm ache
Doctor :   Do you feel fullness in the epigastrium ( between middle part of the chest)
User :   No
Doctor :   When did it all start for you?
User :   last night, during the night
Doctor :   While asleep?
User :   Yes, but I wasn't really sleeping. I woke up
Doctor :   Did it start suddenly?
Doctor :   or gradually picked up?
Doctor :   What is your age, gender and occupation?
User :   umm.... gradual, comes and goes, I am a female, 55 years old, write training materials for financial company, 20 years
Doctor :   Did you ever had similar symptoms in the past?
User :   Yes, from time to time I have had the arm achiness... I have a lot of intestinal issues. I will be tested for celiac disease on Tuesday. I just didn't know if I should go to the ER or not
User :   colonoscopy and endoscopy ...spelling?
Doctor :   Both the spelling are correct
Doctor :   Do you have high blood pressure or diabetes?>
User :   I am being treated for high blood pressure, stable for many years. Not diabetic
Doctor :   Do you smoke or did it in the past?
User :   No, never
Doctor :   Do you consume alcohol?
User :   no... only drink water and tea
Doctor :   Ok good to know that
Doctor :   Now let me focus on the arm pain
Doctor :   Where does it start?
Doctor :   and does it radiate the complete arm?
User :   between shoulder and elbow. feels like in muscle
Doctor :   Do you take anticholesterol medication?
User :   yes
User :   simvastatin 40 mg
Doctor :   Does it hurts when you press the arm?
User :   No
Doctor :   Can you describe the similar pain else where (muscles)?
Doctor :   Severity of pain over a scale 1 to 10?
User :   Not really pain... just kind of achy. Not severe, I just wondered if it could be from gas. pain scale 1
Doctor :   Did you have similar pain in the past?
Doctor :   Sorry
Doctor :   I got the answer
User :   NP
User :   It's probably nothing, but I was just a little worried
Doctor :   I could have evaluated in terms of cardiac nature or side effect of Simvastatin
Doctor :   But there is no significant risk factor in terms of heart diseases except for high BP which is well undercontrol as mentioned by you
User :   Thank you. I think I will be fine.
User :   Peace, love, & light to you
Doctor :   So the next thing I could think of is Simvastatin has the common side effect of myalgia
User :   very interesting... thank you
Doctor :   I think the mild arm ache that you have is far from being bloated abdomen
Doctor :   Thank you
Doctor :   I think a Liniment like Tiger Balm application shall help you
Doctor :   Please try it before you settle for nothing
Doctor :   Thank you
User :   Good night... I will end the chat now. Thank you for your helpl
Doctor :   Bye for now
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