Mike's perceptive wife, Sharon, was not so sure, especially when after his first attack he proceeded to have disabling gout attacks every time he exerted himself more than nominally. Although physically depleted since his rhabdomyolysis, Mike had formerly been your classical type A, physically active person. Sharon suspected Mike's gout attacks were triggered by his prior Lipitor myopathy/neuromuscular damage. Predictably, she found little support from the local area medical specialists.
She then discovered in a record review of the Baycol / rhabdomyolysis cases that gout attacks were listed in an astonishing number of those seriously ill patients, some of whom died while others were to survive. Understandably, gout attacks must have been of relatively minor concern to those physicians responsible for treating the massive muscle breakdown, sky-high muscle enzyme patterns and progressive kidney failure of life threatening rhabdomyolysis, nonetheless the gout attacks were documented."