Some people just can't tolerate lipitor for some reason. I've read, though, that there are substitute meds you can take. In fact, others on this website occasionally discuss their negative lipitor experiences.
You ought to ask your doctor if there is any ongoing benefit to you taking cholesterol lowering medication and, if so, what alternatives exist to lipitor and whether they'd be right for you.
Best of luck.
Good Morning Keith and welcome to the Heart Warrior troop!
You've likely heard this before, but it's worth saying again. Be patient and live in the moment! I can tell from your post that you have the primary attribute of being a heart warrior, you want to get better. And you probably will, it may not be in a time frame that you want, but keep at it.
Based on your post our profiles are very similar. Especially the frustration part about healing and lipitor. My path to recover from open-heart surgery to repair a congenital heart defect that I wasn't aware of until I was 47, has been far from a straight-line. My story is at www.backnblack.org Regarding lipitor, one cardiologist says for me not to take it, one says take it. After many sleepless nights and GI issues as a result of the drug, I've stopped taking it. That's my choice, be sure to follow YOUR doctors advise.
Hang in there on your recovery, keep at it. I'm still not where I thought I'd be 18 month post-op, but making progress. In fact, need to wrap this up so I can complete my morning run. Slowly.