I have statin induced dementia. If you give me a list of 10 words, I can remember 3. They told me to write things down.
I started taking statins in 2006 after my wife’s long time physician Dr. John Penhall spoke with me about the Framingham Heart Study and convinced me that I would need to be on statins for the rest of my life. I don’t remember 2008 at all but at some point I saw Dr. Penhall again with a typewritten note about my mental health. My emotions were out of control. I was having trouble speaking. I couldn’t think. I want that note.
Dr. Marie Noel was my personal physician until 2017. Every three months I would make an appointment to get a requisition for blood work, go to the lab and have my blood tested, make an appointment to get the results and renew my prescription for the maximum allowable dose of Atorvastatin. My health declined. I suffered extensively.
The resulting treatments were brutal.
As far as I can tell in February 2014, my Lipitor prescription was changed by Dr. Jenifer Grace of the Cedarwood Specialists Group to Crestor (Rosuvastatin). Dr. Grace was my specialist until 2017.
It makes a difference which type of statin you are given. By 2016, I could more or less think again, but lately I have come to realize that I am never going to fully recover. At least I’m not dead.
In 2017, I stopped taking statins. By then:
- I had taken statins for 10 years
- I had been unemployed for 8 years
- WCB refused to assist me
- CUPE did not respond to my request for help
- The City of Campbell River
- sent the RCMP to my house
- City security told me to “go get help”
- coworker “What happened to you?”
- I had had multiple surgical interventions for blood clots
- I experienced sudden uncontrollable rages
- I had thrown my son and family out of the house at thanksgiving
- Dr. Grace said she would never trust a sales representative again
- Dr Grace refused to make further appointments
- Dr. Noel said we had a difference of opinion
- whatever that means
- Dr. Penhall refused to refer my wife for acupuncture
- because he did not believe in it.
- Multiple Doctors at Quinsam Medical had renewed my statin prescriptions
- The Campbell River Legal Advocate refused to assist me in filing an appeal for CPP Disability.
- The editor at the Mirror said that I just sound like another guy who doesn’t want to pay his bills
- and our bank manager suggested we sell the house
You need Medical Error Insurance before you go to the Quinsam Medical Clinic to see a doctor,
so do your kids…
You had better write this down:
If the Quinsam Medical doctors were pilots, no one would fly.
Dr. Dhansay told me that I have minimal heart disease.
They want $30 for sending my records to another doctor.