I was advised to start statins to lower my total chol and tryglycer. How common are muscle side effects?

Very. First, get help from a functional medicine physician in your area by going to a4m.Com and using doctor locator function to determine with vap cholesterol if you really need such an over-prescribed med. Then if you really do take coq 10 and l- glutamine along with the statin to help avoid the problems. Google steve sinatra md book for more details.