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Is red rice yeast safe for someone who can't take statins due to joint pain? All the research says u.S only allows a trace of ingredient in them.

Is red rice yeast safe for someone who can't  take statins due to joint pain?  All the research  says u.S only allows a trace of ingredient in them.

Depends: Ryr is a statin - it is not regulated by the fda. Statins do not cause joint pain or arthritis. They do cause muscle pain. The side effect is dose related. Smaller doses are often tolerated even in people who haven't tolerated a variety of statins at standard doses. Ryr may also cause muscle pain, depending on the amount you take and the concentration of statin in your batch. ...Read more

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Joints (Definition)

Joints are parts of the body, formed by the cartilage-covered ends of bones plus the strong, flexible ligaments that attach the bones to one another. Movements at the joints in the body allow the different parts of the body to move in ...Read more


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What insect bite that led to swelling, redness and joint pain?

What insect bite that led to swelling, redness and joint pain?

See details: Numerous insects can cause some degree of these symptoms, especially tick bites and spider bites. ...Read more

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Insect bite that led to swelling, redness and joint pain. Can I use any cream on this?

Insect bite that led to swelling, redness and joint pain. Can I use any cream on this?

Yes: If that red, painful and swollen with joint pain you may have a soft tissue infection, cellulitis. You need to see your primary care doctor or the emergency room physician. ...Read more

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What are the causes of finger joint pain and swelling/redness?

What are the causes of finger joint pain and swelling/redness?

A lot of things: This could be from an infection, inflammation or an injury. I would recommend you see a hand surgeon for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Sometimes when I step, my big toe feels like it has a sharp rock in it. There is no swelling, redness or joint pain. Does not hurt to the touch?

Sometimes when I step, my big toe feels like it has a sharp rock in it. There is no swelling, redness or joint pain. Does not hurt to the touch?

Neuropathic pain: Sounds like it could be a pinched or compressed nerve that occurs when walking or applying a certain type of movement. Try supportive footwear and if persists, see Podiatrist. ...Read more

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I have joint pain in my knees, elbows lasts 1 month Pain occurs in regular interval of 5-10 mins and lasts 20-30 sec. No swelling & redness. Is it hiv?

I have joint pain in my knees, elbows lasts 1 month Pain occurs in regular interval of 5-10 mins and lasts 20-30 sec. No swelling & redness. Is it hiv?

Less likely if only:: Arthralgia occurs in approximately 30% of patients with the acute retroviral syndrome. Other symptoms are Fever(75%), Fatigue(68%), Myalgia(49%), Rash(48%), Headache(45%), Sore throat(40%), Enlarged cervical lymph nodes(39%),Night sweats(28%) and Diarrhea(27%). If you only have joint pains it's possible but much less likely, that you have acute HIV. Arthralgia is not a symptom of chronic HIV. ...Read more

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I have white spot on my tonsile and i have bad odours as spitting blood sometimes mix with muescus something like the rice and joint pain and heartache and fatigue?

I have white spot on my tonsile and i have bad odours as spitting blood sometimes mix with muescus something like the rice and joint pain and heartache and fatigue?

Strep throat.: Sounds like you have strep throat. Get checked and treated. Untreated strep throat may lead to severe complications, like rheumatic heart disease! Don't delay. Treatment must be started within 10 days of onset of symptoms. ...Read more

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Chrondolamacia getting worse, pinched nerve in back, symmetrical joint pain, esp in hands & wrists. Morning stiffness. Fatigue. A little redness. RA?

Chrondolamacia getting worse, pinched nerve in back, symmetrical joint pain, esp in hands & wrists.  Morning stiffness. Fatigue. A little redness. RA?

Needs work up: Diagnosis of autoimmune arthritis (such as RA) includes blood work, clinical exam, and if nec. a variety of imaging. See your Dr. From a radiology viewpoint, there are many tools. First and foremost are plain films. Quantitative dynamic MRI may actually be good for RA prognosis as well as early response to treatment. There are now good biologic drugs for RA, so it is not as scary as it once was ...Read more

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Left side- face, jaw, neck, shoulder, and elbow "joint" pain with some specific sight swelling, and redness as well as feverish to the touch AND this has presented the same type symptoms in other "joints" on right side too. ?

Left side- face, jaw, neck, shoulder, and elbow "joint" pain with some specific sight swelling, and redness as well as feverish to the touch AND this has presented the same type symptoms in other "joints" on right side too. ?

Autoimmune or infect: Your symptoms could represent either an autoimmune disorder like Lupus or scleroderma or an infectious process like Lyme disease. These are just examples. You need to see a good internet to get blood tests and perhaps X-rays and have a through examination. Your internist could then refer you further if needed. If symptoms now, go to MD now. ...Read more

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Red knuckles along with pain and mild swelling in index and middle fingers. Both hands. Joint pain in shoulders, knees, and feet with no redness.

Red knuckles along with pain and mild swelling in index and middle fingers. Both hands. Joint pain in shoulders, knees, and feet with no redness.

Possible Rheumatoid : What you are describing are symptoms of an inflammatory arthritis. The most common form for your age would be rheumatoid arthritis. You should see your primary care doctor or a rheumatologist for an evaluation, definitive diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more

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Is red yeast rice safe to use for lowering my LDL . And should I be taking some other drug to counter act the side effects, if any?

Is red yeast rice safe to use for lowering my LDL .    And should I be taking some other drug to counter act the side effects, if any?

Depends on brand...: Red yeast rice contains several natural forms of a class of drugs called statins. Lipitor, (atorvastatin) zocor, Crestor are all statins. The safety profile is similar to these prescription drugs. Pharmaceutical companies put pressure on the fda to put pressure on nutraceutical companies to remove the active ingredient. Herbal actives by nature's plus still contains it, others do not. Coq10, 300mg for s.E.'s. ...Read more

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My doctor has put me on red yeast rice. On the most recent bottle i purchased it recommended taking coenzyme q-10. What do you suggest?

They are...: ....Two different things. Red yeast rice is to lower cholesterol. Coq-10 is for cellular energy. It's likely it was on the bottle because the company that makes the red yeast rice you purchased also makes other products and would like you to buy those too. Coq-10 may have some usefulness in heart disease and high blood pressure, but it will not help lower cholesterol as far as i know. ...Read more

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Should i still take cholestoff and red yeast rice to reduce cholesterol level when just taking in liquids?

?clear liquids: If your liquids are clear liquids, there's no need to take cholesterol lowering medicine, but if your liquids include milk or cream based soups, you do. ...Read more

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Just stopped taking statins due it muscle aches is it now safe to take red yeast rice?

Just stopped taking statins due it muscle aches is it now safe to take red yeast rice?

Maybe: Not sure which statin you were on nor the dose of the one you discontinued. But "red yeast rice" actually contains a low dose of a statin. Look at the active ingredients. Alot of people donot realise that red yeast rice has a statin in it, albeit a low dose. Before you start red yeast rice, therefore, get a baseline if CPK value. ...Read more

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Just learned red yeast rice contains some lovastatin. Cpk high after taking crestor, (rosuvastatin) now stopped. It is possible switching to ryr is keeping CPK high?

Just learned red yeast rice contains some lovastatin. Cpk high after taking crestor, (rosuvastatin) now stopped. It is possible switching to ryr is keeping CPK high?

Yes: It's possible. But be aware that any vigorous physical activity will elevate CPK normally. The CPK elevation related to statin is dose related and most people can simply reduce the dose to avoid or minimize it. Minor eleations are of no clinical significance. By minor, i mean. ...Read more

Yeast (Definition)

Any of various unicellular fungi of the genus saccharomyces, especially s. Cerevisiae, reproducing by budding and from ascospores and capable ...Read more


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Is a type of fungus which normally lives in small amounts on mucus membranes. An overgrowth of candida in the mouth produces a condition called 'thrush'. This is often triggered ...Read more