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Did statin cause PMR?

Polymyalgia Rheumatica (PMR) | Last Active: Nov 26, 2021 | Replies (15)

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I had PMR for a couple years (maybe more) before I could no longer stand the pain. I was started on 35mg of Prednizone, down to 20 mg after 1 month, down to 15mg after 6 weeks. Sayed at 15mg for another 18 months, then tapered off over the next 6 months. The pain never totally left. I used a CBD/THC balanced oil, both orally and topically till Mid October this year. When I got my second Pfizer shot, I went into remission. NO PAIN. October 20 I had pains on/in my back and some in my left arm. Went to emergency, was treated as if it was a heart attack, it was not. Now the cardiologist has prescribed a water pill, Amlodipine and Atorvastatin. I am OK with the Blood pressure and water pill but the warnings on the Statin worry me. My cholesterol is not extremely high, and I can usually control it with diet. Has anybody dealt with this

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I too had PMR
Pain for a few years before it increased to the point I could hardly walk. Then I got the diagnosis. Twenty mg of prednisone and slow tapering. After 9 months of tapering and down to 15 mg. I was put on MTX. I am now down to 10/11 mg on alternating days. I am a 75 year old female in the US. I have been on a statin Med for 25 years. If I had not been I doubt I would have been cleared for MTX to help me get off prednisone. The Dr took me off statin for a few weeks at the beginning and there was no change in pain. Statin has been good for me. It is the least scary drug to me compared to prednisone and methotrexate. Best of luck on your treatment. I have had three full doses of Modena COVID vaccine and saw no impact on PMR. Just had regular flu shot and saw no change.

I am convinced statins triggered my PMR!