No-one told me about the serious inflammation and muscle pain that could be caused by Simvastatin - at the time I believed that this must just be a natural detrioration in existing stiffness, lousy circulation and osteo arthritis. After a few months on Simvastatin, I had the luck to see a single paragraph in the Daily Mail from a rheumatics specialist saying that he'd suddenly realised that the deterioration he'd been suffering was down to Simvastatin. (This amongst all the full-page paeons of praise for this wretched drug from 'doctors you can trust'.)
Since then, I keep hearing of people's negative experiences of this particular brand of statin. One chap, put on Simvastatin, went back to his surgery and saw a different doctor - who immediately took him off Simvastatin and said that if he'd remained on it, in a couple of years he'd be permanently in a wheel chair.
Why on earth 'trusted' medical correspondents in national newspapers keep promoting Simvastatin is beyond me. It is simply an extremely destructive drug and you're lucky if you get away with it.