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A 46-year-old member asked:

my ldl is 167 and cholesterol is 247. i can't take statins because they cause muscle wasting. alternatives?

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Dr. Michael Curren
Cardiology 14 years experience
Diet and exercise: There are several non-statin medications that can improve cholesterol numbers, but the majority of evidence suggests that statins are the only agents that actually prevent things like heart attacks and strokes. The most beneficial thing that you can do is to live a healthy lifestyle-healthy eating, regular aerobic exercise, and not smoking.

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A 40-year-old member asked:

Are there any exercises that can prevent muscle atrophy during pregnancy?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Yes: Exercise is good for preventing muscle atrophy, keeping your muscles flexible and burning calories during pregnancy. Avoid exercise that could lead to falls or getting hit on the abdomen. Going to the gym and lifting light weights is gret for your muscles. Take a walk everyday. Try a prenatal yoga or Pilates class. Stay active. It is good for you and your baby.
A 21-year-old member asked:

Is the pain in my joints, my muscles - or in my head?

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Dr. Ahmad M Hadied
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Please explian: Let see if i understand correctly, you could pain in your joints, your muscles. Sometime the pain could perception also and that kind is real pain have to treat.
A 22-year-old member asked:

How likely will west nile virus cause severe muscle weakness?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
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Unlikely: A very small minority of patients who develop west nile infection are left with widespread muscle weakness that is much like poliomyelitis.
A 48-year-old member asked:

How does sex affect the male based on vagina sizes and muscle tone?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Circular muscle: The lining of the vagina(epithelium) is surrounded by circular muscle that can contract around objects and a potential space that can expand as well. Expansion projects include childbirth, sex and tampon placement.
A 35-year-old member asked:

I am currently on Prozac (fluoxetine) and the medication gave me muscle weakness and I fell. Is there a way I can regain my strength?

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Dr. Mark Reynolds
Psychiatry 33 years experience
Call your doctor!: It would be very, very, very uncommon for Prozac alone to directly adversely affect muscle strength! there are however drug drug interactions and electrolyte changes that can occur with medications like fluoxetine. You should make your physician aware of this episode without delay.

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