Sienna Miller is often mistaken for her friend Naomi Watts. "We get sent each other's headshots to sign," says Miller.
Samuel L. Jackson says he's consistently mistaken for Laurence Fishburne. If asked for an autograph, "I just sign what they want me to sign for whoever they think I am," he says.
While fans aren't really hurt by these mistakes, there are times when it's essential that the man and woman on the street know what's what — especially concerning medication side effects.
If you think a physical symptom such as muscle pain is a result of taking a statin, you might discontinue the medication, giving up its lifesaving powers. But a new study in The Lancet says that for around 90% of statin-taking patients who complain of muscle pain, the statin is not the cause. The discomfort may instead be the result of inflammation, obesity, over-exercise or under-exercise, or some undiagnosed issue.
The researchers did discover that 1.1% of people taking a moderate dose of statin experience related muscle pain and weakness in the first year.
If you have muscle pain and are on a statin, take 200 mg of coenzyme Q10 daily and talk to your doctor to explore other possible causes.
If pain persists, try a different statin. You don't want to unnecessarily give up the benefits, which include lowering LDL cholesterol, reducing your risk of cardiovascular-related death, and maybe fighting infections such as pneumonia, as well as reducing COVID-19 severity.