Statin Induced Rhabdomyolysis or Myositis Disorder
I’m not sure if I should post this in the Auto-Immune or Muscles, Joints and Bones.
I'm looking for others who have recovered from Statin induced Rhabdomyolysis to share their recovery experience after stopping the medication. Did muscle and joint pain get worse before it got better? How long did symptoms persist? My research says 3-4 months.
Any feedback from people suffering from a myositis type of disorder would be appreciated too. I’m still not convinced it’s Rhabdo considering the symptoms are increasing after I stopped the Lipitor. In my research I found that Autoimmune Necrotizing Myopathy (NAM) / Immune-Mediated Necrotizing Myopathy (IMNM) is also caused by statins. My symptoms fit better for IMNM than Rhabdomyolysis.
My history is long and tangled. To this day I still don't have a confirmed diagnosis.
My Primary Care Doctor prescribed Lipitor in June 2021. At the time I had been suffering with Long Covid since February 2020. My Long Covid (LC) symptoms were still all over the place and masked the symptoms of Statin Intolerance. I started on Xolair Injections in November 2021 and it reduced some of my symptoms but I didn’t respond as expected. We know now it was because the symptoms were caused by the Lipitor intolerance. LC symptoms were always evolving. It was a fluke that I identified the statin reaction. I chose to stop taking the Lipitor temporarily to try again to take Cyclosporin to reduce inflammation to treat Long Covid symptoms. Statins and Cyclosporin don’t mix. I figured that out in January 2022 after a month on both drugs and feeling like I was going to die, I researched and found the drug interaction. This was when my Kidney function started decreasing. I was in Acute Kidney failure last month. Stopping the Lipitor my GFR went from 15 to 35 in 3 weeks.
I’m 6 weeks off Lipitor. Before I stopped the Lipitor I had occasional issues with muscle/joint pain. After I quit taking the Lipitor my Long Covid symptoms pretty much stopped with the exception of the Angioedema (in retrospect, probably caused by the statin intolerance). Muscle and joint pain in my extremities started and has increased to intolerable in the last 2 weeks. My mobility is very minimal. Range of Motion in my arms is maybe 50% of what it was. At this point I’m not even sure it is Rhabdomyolysis. Physicians have been very little help. I researched and identified Rhabdo as a possible diagnosis and they believed me. No one has even run a CK to verify. My PCP turfed it to my Allergist, so did the Nephrologist. No one wants to own it. My Allergist is repeating the Chemistries, CK, and running a myositis panel. I’m waiting on results. I love my Allergist. He’s been great but I can’t keep sitting on the back burner to see it this muscle & Joint pain resolves. If it’s auto-immune then I could find treatment options. That’s why I researched the Mayo Clinic and found these Groups today.