Share The Wealth by Chris Gupta
May 16, 2006

Statins May Cause Nerve Damage

"Researchers showed that people taking statins were 4 to 14 times more likely to develop polyneuropathy than those who did not take statins. Statins include Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, and Pravachol. Statins are highly effective in preventing heart attacks, so you should not stop taking them"

Here is a perfect example how the cholesterol myth has taken a life of its own. The lack of proof to support a link between cholesterol and heart disease does not deter the brainwashed proponents even when contrary evidence is starring them in the face. See:

Class Action - Statins Increases Heart Disease By 10% In Women

Chris Gupta

See also: Bad News About Statin Drugs


Gabe Mirkin, M.D.

A Danish study reports that a small percentage of people who took statin drugs for several years to lower cholesterol developed a type of nerve damage called polyneuropathy.

Polyneuropathy is characterized by tingling, numbness and burning pain as well as decreased sensitivity to temperature or pain. When a person suffers nerve damage, a doctor is supposed to look for a cause, such as diabetes, lack of vitamin B12, Lyme disease, kidney disease, thyroid disease or alcohol abuse. People who had taken statins and developed polyneuropathies were checked for known causes of nerve damage. Researchers showed that people taking statins were 4 to 14 times more likely to develop polyneuropathy than those who did not take statins. Statins include Lescol, Lipitor, Mevacor, and Pravachol. Statins are highly effective in preventing heart attacks, so you should not stop taking them unless you develop aside effects such as polyneuropathy. Check with your doctor about any side effects from your medications.

Neurology May 14, 2002;58:1321-1322, 1333-1337


Neurology 2002;58:1333-1337
© 2002 American Academy of Neurology

Statins and risk of polyneuropathy

A case-control study

D. Gaist, MD PhD, U. Jeppesen, MD PhD, M. Andersen, MD PhD, L. A. García Rodríguez, MD MSc, J. Hallas, MD PhD and S. H. Sindrup, MD PhD

From the Department of Neurology (Drs. Gaist, Jeppesen, and Sindrup), Odense University Hospital; Epidemiology (Dr. Gaist) and Clinical Pharmacology (Drs. Andersen, Hallas, and Sindrup), Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark; and Centro Español de Investigacin Farmacoepidemiolgica (Dr. García Rodríguez), Madrid, Spain.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Dr. David Gaist, Epidemiology, Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Sdr Boulevard 23A, 5000 Odense C, Denmark; e-mail: or

Background: Several case reports and a single epidemiologic study indicate that use of statins occasionally may have a deleterious effect on the peripheral nervous system. The authors therefore performed a population-based study to estimate the relative risk of idiopathic polyneuropathy in users of statins.

Method: The authors used a population-based patient registry to identify first-time-ever cases of idiopathic polyneuropathy registered in the 5-year period 1994 to 1998. For each case, validated according to predefined criteria, 25 control subjects were randomly selected among subjects from the background population matched for age, sex, and calendar time. The authors used a prescription register to assess exposure to drugs and estimated the odds ratio of use of statins (ever and current use) in cases of idiopathic polyneuropathy compared with control subjects.

Results: The authors verified a diagnosis of idiopathic polyneuropathy in 166 cases. The cases were classified as definite (35), probable (54), or possible (77). The odds ratio linking idiopathic polyneuropathy with statin use was 3.7 (95% CI 1.8 to 7.6) for all cases and 14.2 (5.3 to 38.0) for definite cases. The corresponding odds ratios in current users were 4.6 (2.1 to 10.0) for all cases and 16.1 (5.7 to 45.4) for definite cases. For patients treated with statins for 2 or more years the odds ratio of definite idiopathic polyneuropathy was 26.4 (7.8 to 45.4).

Conclusions: Long-term exposure to statins may substantially increase the risk of polyneuropathy.


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Readers' Comments

I used statins. Now hAVE severe neuropathy. Son also took lipator for several years. Now has same leg weakness and muscle pain as I do.

Posted by: eugene A. Vis on May 17, 2006 07:26 PM


And why not? The brain (a high site for cholesterol) and nerves require cholesterol to function. Cholesterol is the raw material for hormone production, vitamin D synthesis, and maintains the integrity of cell membranes.

Posted by: Croft Woodruff on May 17, 2006 10:19 PM


Although I am fully aware of the dangers of writing about conspiracies, it seems to me that we are in the midst of a truly remarkable global genocide experiment. It now includes us whities.

Posted by: Dr. H.H.Nehrlich on May 18, 2006 12:04 AM


Simvastatin (Zocor) injured me as follows:
1. Myopathy: Left leg, very painful limp (intermittent failure of left leg to support body
weight); Skeletal muscle damage from left hip down-no joint pain; Bladder smooth
muscle damage requiring the use of a catheter for urination (some 2000 times since Dec 2004); Damage to liver, heart, lungs, kidneys and other parts of body unknown;
2. Serious and disabling loss of energy, sleepiness, personality change, resulting from prescription drug inhibition of CoQ10;
3. Zocor combined with Coumadin in my opinion caused blinding ocular hemorrhage.

Posted by: Warren Wells on May 18, 2006 01:44 AM


Yes Indeed. See:

Statins and Vitamin D Deficiency - Another Blow

Posted by: Andrew Patterson on March 13, 2007 12:19 AM


Yes Indeed. See:

Statins and Vitamin D Deficiency - Another Blow

Posted by: Admin on March 13, 2007 11:25 AM


Re-reading this I would hope that Dr. Mirkin is by now seeing the light. Statins have proven to be of miniscule benefit to a very few and are inflicting major damage to innocent people. IMO there is no role for statins in medicine.

Posted by: Dr. Nehrlich on September 2, 2008 06:17 AM


My Mother died last week...due to the complete shutdown of her entire digestive system...
...painfully,....she died.

A very together and vivacious woman, odd muscle pain eminating from the trunk of her body was one of the 1st indications that something was wrong---about 6 years back these strange, unexplained occurances of muscle related pain, bowels not working properly, distention of her gut, one could figure out what the hell was happening to her. Constant nausua, vomiting, and weight loss--down to 100 lbs from 150 lbs.-- within 6 months timeframe....She went thru exploratory surgeries, never could anything be found that would account for her ailments. Finally a piccline had to be inserted to feed her nutriants since the small intestines didn't seem to absorb nutriants any longer...a medaport was installed in her chestwall later on, The nausua turning to vomit, ...last year a colonoscopy procedure became the complete removal of her entire colan---nothing was moving thru it since there seemed to be no muscle control whatsoever..So an illeostomy was the next step.....mind you thru out these years of muscle pain she was prescribed prednisolone--she'd been on that from the very beginning of this nightmare---(intensely bad back pain came finally since the prednisolone had weakened her spine and stress fractures were now present. The stress fractures would keep her in constant agony til the moment she died)...

So what was once a vibrant woman of age 68 became a dead woman at the age of 74---she had been on Lipitor and Fosamax since their inceptions into the RX world . .I'm certain it was the L
ipitor that drove her into the nightmare, I'm quite sure that Fosamax had a helping hand in pushing her furthur into hell.

These drugs have never been tested on a level that can render complete confidence to validate their usage--its a crime. Drug trials are insanely short spans of time with a select number of "test Dummies" who happened to "qualify" under certain criteria ' that the drug companies establish before hand....2 to 3 weeks of a testing the drug s reliability/worthiness/side effects---on only a select few people who fit the drug makers criteria for a suitable test---That is incredible.

John Q. public is simply the guinnia pigs of science gone mad...


Science has nothing to do with it. It is greed pure and simple...

Chris Gupta

Posted by: Janet Ulm on June 25, 2011 06:26 AM


I have just caught up to the education I was denied after a
diagnosis of fibromyalgia 2 years ago. I begged to be taken off lisinopril and doctor finally agreed. Friends, family reported I wasn't "present" in conversations. Arms then went weak in the forearm, later pain in wrists, hands, shoulders, then hips. Now my feet and ankles hurt so bad I can't walk and stand for more than 1/2 hour. Didn't realize until now that it will get my knees next.

Can you tell me how to join any class action suit. There's nothing now that will change my mind about the cause. My existence is intolerable and lonely. No drug touches the pain.

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