Is there any connection with statin use and neuropathy?

Posted by sjpphil @sjpphil, Apr 27, 2016

Is there any connection with statin use and neuropathy? I have had numbness and tingling in my hands and fingers, along with severe cramping at night. One NP thought this was carpel tunnel, but my doc does not think so. Any thoughts?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sjpphil and @rabbit10, we took the question about statins and neuropathy to a pharmacist here at Mayo Clinic. She writes:

“Neuropathy is not a side effect that typically comes to mind when someone is taking a statin, but there have been case reports suggesting there may be an association. At this point, a causal relationship has not been proven (we can’t say for sure that statins are the reason these patients developed neuropathy), but it is possible, and something that is being studied. It seems that the longer a person is taking a statin, the greater the risk of neuropathy. (Statins and risk of polyneuropathy: a case-control study. Published in Neurology. 2002;58(9):1333. Authored by Gaist, et al.)

Of course, neuropathy may be caused by other things as well, so it’s good that your health care team has ordered tests to get to the bottom of it.”

I look forward to hearing the results of your testing @sjpphil.

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Hello @ssandy, welcome to Mayo Connect. We are glad you found us. It’s a good place to share your health concerns, ask questions and learn what others with similar health concerns are doing for treatment. I have small fiber peripheral neuropathy. My doctor tried to prescribe simvastatin to me to help with my cholesterol numbers but I turned it down specifically because there is evidence that it causes or makes neuropathy worse. I would have a discussion with your doctor. I told my doctor I would work on my diet to help my numbers.

Here are some helpful links that offer information on statins and neuropathy:

The implications of statin induced peripheral neuropathy
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3103035/

Statin Neuropathy Masquerading as Diabetic Autoimmune Polyneuropathy
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/28/8/2082.1

Medication Induced Neuropathy
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11910-003-0043-8

Can you share what your diagnosis is for taking simvastatin?

John

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sjpphil and @rabbit10, we took the question about statins and neuropathy to a pharmacist here at Mayo Clinic. She writes:

“Neuropathy is not a side effect that typically comes to mind when someone is taking a statin, but there have been case reports suggesting there may be an association. At this point, a causal relationship has not been proven (we can’t say for sure that statins are the reason these patients developed neuropathy), but it is possible, and something that is being studied. It seems that the longer a person is taking a statin, the greater the risk of neuropathy. (Statins and risk of polyneuropathy: a case-control study. Published in Neurology. 2002;58(9):1333. Authored by Gaist, et al.)

Of course, neuropathy may be caused by other things as well, so it’s good that your health care team has ordered tests to get to the bottom of it.”

I look forward to hearing the results of your testing @sjpphil.

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@ssandy Sandy, my dose of simvastatin was raised by half, and I was on it for a couple years. Then it was cut back to the original. In neither case did it make any difference in my neuropathy. I have tried Lyrica, and a bunch of others, and nothing has made any positive or negative difference. I have neuropathy everywhere. It just seems to bounce around…neck, jaw, feet, hands, butt, back, legs, everywhere. I have Light Chain Amyloidosis.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sjpphil and @rabbit10, we took the question about statins and neuropathy to a pharmacist here at Mayo Clinic. She writes:

“Neuropathy is not a side effect that typically comes to mind when someone is taking a statin, but there have been case reports suggesting there may be an association. At this point, a causal relationship has not been proven (we can’t say for sure that statins are the reason these patients developed neuropathy), but it is possible, and something that is being studied. It seems that the longer a person is taking a statin, the greater the risk of neuropathy. (Statins and risk of polyneuropathy: a case-control study. Published in Neurology. 2002;58(9):1333. Authored by Gaist, et al.)

Of course, neuropathy may be caused by other things as well, so it’s good that your health care team has ordered tests to get to the bottom of it.”

I look forward to hearing the results of your testing @sjpphil.

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ThanksDoes exercise help?  I have seen some notes saying rest is better?How about acupuncture which seems  To have a cult of its own?

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sjpphil and @rabbit10, we took the question about statins and neuropathy to a pharmacist here at Mayo Clinic. She writes:

“Neuropathy is not a side effect that typically comes to mind when someone is taking a statin, but there have been case reports suggesting there may be an association. At this point, a causal relationship has not been proven (we can’t say for sure that statins are the reason these patients developed neuropathy), but it is possible, and something that is being studied. It seems that the longer a person is taking a statin, the greater the risk of neuropathy. (Statins and risk of polyneuropathy: a case-control study. Published in Neurology. 2002;58(9):1333. Authored by Gaist, et al.)

Of course, neuropathy may be caused by other things as well, so it’s good that your health care team has ordered tests to get to the bottom of it.”

I look forward to hearing the results of your testing @sjpphil.

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Someone asked why I was on simvasatin. Prescribed for high cholesterol. When i went off for a month my cholesterol jumped to 275Back on it at 20mg or half of prior dosage. 

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sjpphil and @rabbit10, we took the question about statins and neuropathy to a pharmacist here at Mayo Clinic. She writes:

“Neuropathy is not a side effect that typically comes to mind when someone is taking a statin, but there have been case reports suggesting there may be an association. At this point, a causal relationship has not been proven (we can’t say for sure that statins are the reason these patients developed neuropathy), but it is possible, and something that is being studied. It seems that the longer a person is taking a statin, the greater the risk of neuropathy. (Statins and risk of polyneuropathy: a case-control study. Published in Neurology. 2002;58(9):1333. Authored by Gaist, et al.)

Of course, neuropathy may be caused by other things as well, so it’s good that your health care team has ordered tests to get to the bottom of it.”

I look forward to hearing the results of your testing @sjpphil.

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Hi @ssandy — exercise is a good thing as long as you don’t over do it. I don’t have any experience with acupuncture for neuropathy but there is information out there. I have no medical training or knowledge so I rely on my own research to learn as much as I can about any treatment before deciding. There are a lot of people making money off of us folks with neuropathy. I guess that’s because there are so many of us. Here is some supportive information on acupuncture and diet changes to treat neuropathic pain:

http://www.ohsu.edu/blogs/brain/2015/09/24/acupuncture-and-diet-changes-to-treat-neuropathic-pain/

John

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sjpphil and @rabbit10, we took the question about statins and neuropathy to a pharmacist here at Mayo Clinic. She writes:

“Neuropathy is not a side effect that typically comes to mind when someone is taking a statin, but there have been case reports suggesting there may be an association. At this point, a causal relationship has not been proven (we can’t say for sure that statins are the reason these patients developed neuropathy), but it is possible, and something that is being studied. It seems that the longer a person is taking a statin, the greater the risk of neuropathy. (Statins and risk of polyneuropathy: a case-control study. Published in Neurology. 2002;58(9):1333. Authored by Gaist, et al.)

Of course, neuropathy may be caused by other things as well, so it’s good that your health care team has ordered tests to get to the bottom of it.”

I look forward to hearing the results of your testing @sjpphil.

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@ssandy has your doctor discussed diet changes that can help lower your cholesterol? Mayo Clinic has some good information on the type of changes that can help you lower your numbers:

https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/high-blood-cholesterol/in-depth/reduce-cholesterol/art-20045935

John

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sjpphil and @rabbit10, we took the question about statins and neuropathy to a pharmacist here at Mayo Clinic. She writes:

“Neuropathy is not a side effect that typically comes to mind when someone is taking a statin, but there have been case reports suggesting there may be an association. At this point, a causal relationship has not been proven (we can’t say for sure that statins are the reason these patients developed neuropathy), but it is possible, and something that is being studied. It seems that the longer a person is taking a statin, the greater the risk of neuropathy. (Statins and risk of polyneuropathy: a case-control study. Published in Neurology. 2002;58(9):1333. Authored by Gaist, et al.)

Of course, neuropathy may be caused by other things as well, so it’s good that your health care team has ordered tests to get to the bottom of it.”

I look forward to hearing the results of your testing @sjpphil.

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Hi,Sandy For me,my statin ha no effect at all,like you I stopped taking it for 2 months,no change whatsoever,so I resume.August was 2 years,I’m not diabetic it’s much worse now,but I also have Raynaud’s and scleroderma added to my mix,nothing has helped me yet,I stay with the Lyrica.Always checking for alternative medicine tight now CBD oil no change yet.The rest of me is healthy,so we’re all different.Good luck and Merry Christmas.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sjpphil and @rabbit10, we took the question about statins and neuropathy to a pharmacist here at Mayo Clinic. She writes:

“Neuropathy is not a side effect that typically comes to mind when someone is taking a statin, but there have been case reports suggesting there may be an association. At this point, a causal relationship has not been proven (we can’t say for sure that statins are the reason these patients developed neuropathy), but it is possible, and something that is being studied. It seems that the longer a person is taking a statin, the greater the risk of neuropathy. (Statins and risk of polyneuropathy: a case-control study. Published in Neurology. 2002;58(9):1333. Authored by Gaist, et al.)

Of course, neuropathy may be caused by other things as well, so it’s good that your health care team has ordered tests to get to the bottom of it.”

I look forward to hearing the results of your testing @sjpphil.

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Thanks and a merry Christmas to you

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sjpphil and @rabbit10, we took the question about statins and neuropathy to a pharmacist here at Mayo Clinic. She writes:

“Neuropathy is not a side effect that typically comes to mind when someone is taking a statin, but there have been case reports suggesting there may be an association. At this point, a causal relationship has not been proven (we can’t say for sure that statins are the reason these patients developed neuropathy), but it is possible, and something that is being studied. It seems that the longer a person is taking a statin, the greater the risk of neuropathy. (Statins and risk of polyneuropathy: a case-control study. Published in Neurology. 2002;58(9):1333. Authored by Gaist, et al.)

Of course, neuropathy may be caused by other things as well, so it’s good that your health care team has ordered tests to get to the bottom of it.”

I look forward to hearing the results of your testing @sjpphil.

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Thank you for your observations/citations – your concerns echo mine although I take RYR in lieu of RX. Although efficacious I have stopped due to concerns re liver/kidney damage (if taking alcohol, grapefruit juice), wt. gain, muscle cramping inter alia.

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@colleenyoung

Hi @sjpphil and @rabbit10, we took the question about statins and neuropathy to a pharmacist here at Mayo Clinic. She writes:

“Neuropathy is not a side effect that typically comes to mind when someone is taking a statin, but there have been case reports suggesting there may be an association. At this point, a causal relationship has not been proven (we can’t say for sure that statins are the reason these patients developed neuropathy), but it is possible, and something that is being studied. It seems that the longer a person is taking a statin, the greater the risk of neuropathy. (Statins and risk of polyneuropathy: a case-control study. Published in Neurology. 2002;58(9):1333. Authored by Gaist, et al.)

Of course, neuropathy may be caused by other things as well, so it’s good that your health care team has ordered tests to get to the bottom of it.”

I look forward to hearing the results of your testing @sjpphil.

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Hello @navilenn65 — welcome to Mayo Connect. Thank you for sharing your experience/concerns. May I ask what RYR is? Do you also have neuropathy?

I’m glad you found us. Connect is a great place to ask questions, share your health concerns and learn what other members are doing for treatments.

John

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Statin drugs can increase the risk of developing peripheral neuropathy,according to a study published in the May 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. People taking statins were14 times more likely to develop peripheral neuropathy than people who were not taking statins, according to the Danish study. They went on to say that there were positive benefits of statins and the overall risk of developing neuropathy is rare. This article had the heading EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 4 PM ET, MAY 13 2002. I'm not quite sure of the meaning of this? Also I don't know if I trust their conclusion as to it being "rare".

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@chipper

Statin drugs can increase the risk of developing peripheral neuropathy,according to a study published in the May 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. People taking statins were14 times more likely to develop peripheral neuropathy than people who were not taking statins, according to the Danish study. They went on to say that there were positive benefits of statins and the overall risk of developing neuropathy is rare. This article had the heading EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 4 PM ET, MAY 13 2002. I'm not quite sure of the meaning of this? Also I don't know if I trust their conclusion as to it being "rare".

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Hello @chipper, not a doubt in my mind that statin drugs can cause peripheral neuropathy and I don't think it falls in the rare category. Here are some of the research that I've found.

The implications of statin induced peripheral neuropathy
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3103035/

Statin Neuropathy Masquerading as Diabetic Autoimmune Polyneuropathy
http://care.diabetesjournals.org/content/28/8/2082.1

Medication Induced Neuropathy
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s11910-003-0043-8

John

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@chipper

Statin drugs can increase the risk of developing peripheral neuropathy,according to a study published in the May 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. People taking statins were14 times more likely to develop peripheral neuropathy than people who were not taking statins, according to the Danish study. They went on to say that there were positive benefits of statins and the overall risk of developing neuropathy is rare. This article had the heading EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 4 PM ET, MAY 13 2002. I'm not quite sure of the meaning of this? Also I don't know if I trust their conclusion as to it being "rare".

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Wow I bet this is what caused my nerve pain, I am going to read your articles and thank you. I had ischemic stroke in November and about three week or so after I came down with this awful pain in both my feet and right hand .

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@chipper

Statin drugs can increase the risk of developing peripheral neuropathy,according to a study published in the May 14 issue of Neurology, the scientific journal of the American Academy of Neurology. People taking statins were14 times more likely to develop peripheral neuropathy than people who were not taking statins, according to the Danish study. They went on to say that there were positive benefits of statins and the overall risk of developing neuropathy is rare. This article had the heading EMBARGOED FOR RELEASE UNTIL 4 PM ET, MAY 13 2002. I'm not quite sure of the meaning of this? Also I don't know if I trust their conclusion as to it being "rare".

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Very interesting on statins. I was taking bactrin 3 times a week for over a year and I started having problems with my feet and hands but no relation was diagnosed. I finally figured out I was allergic to it as my skin in certain areas turned brown and around my hips (mostly) was hive like and blistering. Once I stopped taking it the hives cleared up. When you have an autoimmune it is easy to blame everything on that problem when it could be various issues related to medication. I was formally diagnosed by Mayo Clinic as Peripheral neuropathy so I know that is what I had. I also have severe calcinosis. Has that been tied to anything? So far nobody has helped me with this issue??? If anyone has this or knows of any experts in this area I would love to get that info.

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I believe that taking statins caused my peripheral neuropathy. I’m on Lyrica now and quit the statins. I have improved, but every time I try to restart statins I get excruciating leg cramps. So, I won’t be taking them anymore.

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