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I am a white male, age 67. I take Lipitor, have for many years. I am concerned that my ck test results have gone from 157 to 93 to 232 over the past nine months. I am tired, little energy, loss of strength and a shortness of breath. What are causes and what could be happening to me as a result of the test results? Can it be reversed?

Lipitor is a statin used to treat hyperlipidemia. One of the known side effects of using a statin is muscle toxicity leading to muscle cell death. Creatine Kinase (CK) is a marker for muscle cell death. In patients who’s CK elevation is asymptomatic, some doctors elect to continue statin therapy with close follow-up.

However, like . . . → Read More: I am a white male, age 67. I take Lipitor, have for many years. I am concerned that my ck test results have gone from 157 to 93 to 232 over the past nine months. I am tired, little energy, loss of strength and a shortness of breath. What are causes and what could be happening to me as a result of the test results? Can it be reversed?

My mom taking polynerve 1000mg. I’m not so sure this medication.I believe it has contains of Vitamin B1 and B6. My mom been taking this medication without the doctor prescription. My question is that safe or good for her taking that medication? What are the side effects? Is that over the counter medication? She said, she likes that medication because it has a little improvements on her legs.She said she feel like more stronger and she could feel it more when you touch it. I’m just afraid if it is really good for her or not. I don’t know really about it. That’s the only medication she been taking. Thank you very much!

“Polynerv” is a high dose vitamin B complex (B1, B6, B12) dietary supplement used to treat vitamin B deficiencies as well as neurogenic pain. It not safe to take drugs or supplements without the approval of your doctor as there is a risk of over-medication and medication interactions. In terms of Polynerv, the most common . . . → Read More: My mom taking polynerve 1000mg. I’m not so sure this medication.I believe it has contains of Vitamin B1 and B6. My mom been taking this medication without the doctor prescription. My question is that safe or good for her taking that medication? What are the side effects? Is that over the counter medication? She said, she likes that medication because it has a little improvements on her legs.She said she feel like more stronger and she could feel it more when you touch it. I’m just afraid if it is really good for her or not. I don’t know really about it. That’s the only medication she been taking. Thank you very much!

I think I have the flu but I’m not sure

The chart below can help you delineate between a cold and a flu based on the signs and symptoms

Symptom Common Cold Influenza Onset Gradual Sudden Fever Rare Sudden Onset 100 F – 104 F (38 C to 40 C) Headache Rare Common Body Aches Rare Common and usually severe Fatigue and Exhaustion Rare Common . . . → Read More: I think I have the flu but I’m not sure

My mom have always constipation maybe because she always in the wheelchair all the time. Is it okay for her to take a Metamucil capsule everyday? What does it really do to her since she always in the wheelchair? Is there any good vitamins for her too?

Metamucil is a combination laxative and fiber supplement available over the counter. Patients who are deficient in fiber could benefit from metamucil but excess fiber can inhibit absorption of medications and nutrients.

Other alternatives for constipation include docusate sodium (available in a variety of brand names) and senna glycosides. These are stool softeners and laxatives . . . → Read More: My mom have always constipation maybe because she always in the wheelchair all the time. Is it okay for her to take a Metamucil capsule everyday? What does it really do to her since she always in the wheelchair? Is there any good vitamins for her too?

I recently popped my hip while in gym and while dancing. It really hurts and my parents won’t take me to a doctor. I have a few dance shows and competitions coming up and I have started elevating and icing it but it’s still very tender. Is there anything cheap I can use to help prevent the popping and allow me to still dance? Does tensor bandage work?

Unfortunately, the best treatment resting and icing the affected area. There is no quick fix and the healing process takes time. You may take ibuprofen to control the pain but to avoid serious injury and exacerbating your current injury, you should avoid strenuous activity or exercise such as running, weight lifting, and dancing.

As . . . → Read More: I recently popped my hip while in gym and while dancing. It really hurts and my parents won’t take me to a doctor. I have a few dance shows and competitions coming up and I have started elevating and icing it but it’s still very tender. Is there anything cheap I can use to help prevent the popping and allow me to still dance? Does tensor bandage work?