Staying for a few days with my 93 year old - and totally compos mentis - mum. She gets a call from her surgery, actually affiliated surgery, someone on reception. They inform mum that her last cholesterol count was a bit high and that 'they' were going to prescribe statins. Mum had the sense to query this, and 'they' said they'd send her a diet sheet. This duly arrived and turned out to be a Heart Foundation generalised booklet about cholesterol, and mum is doing everything right already, ie, lots of fruit, veggies etc, but admittedly not much vigorous exercise!
Now here's the thing. Yes, mum has diabetes which I believe to be an indicator for taking statins, but she also wears a full time catheter, suffers many infections as a result, has osteoporosis in her neck arms and shoulder and gets dreadful pain, and has arthritic hands. Given that muscle pain is a side affect of statins, might this not degrade her quality of life. Methinks that 'they' should be seeking answers to her existing problems, not sticking mum on powerful meds which may or maynot improve a condition she may/not be suffering from.
I wouldn't mind but this was not even a doctor calling her, and apparently 'their' tone bordered on the bullying.
AIBU to be concerned? Am I paranoid? And are there any gransnetters with experience, good or bad, of statins? Would appreciate any feedback.
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