Statiinit sairastuttivat Erkin

Erkki Tuomi kertoo olevansa terve mies, mutta kun häntä hiukan jututtaa, sairauksia alkaa tupsahdella kuin lääkärikirjan sivuilta. – Nyt menee taas hyvin, kun statiinien syönti loppui, hän toteaa painokkaasti.

Erkki Tuomi, 65, on käynyt syntymässä Sievissä ja viisasteleekin olevansa Sievin mies. Raahessa hän on kuitenkin asunut jo vuodesta 1971 ja ehti tehdä myös koko työuransa – kunnioitettavat 38 vuotta – Raahen Rautaruukin palveluksessa. Erkki korjasi ja asensi radiopuhelimia.

– Olen ollut eläkkeellä nyt neljä vuotta eikä enää tee mieli töihin, hän nauraa.

– Mutta vuoden päivät meni aluksi ihmetellessä.

Erkki asuu vaimonsa Riitan, 66, kanssa kahdestaan omakotitaloa. Pariskunnalla on kolme lasta, kaksi tyttöä ja poika. Esikoistytär on jo 15 vuotta työskennellyt Englannissa sairaanhoitajana. Pojan perheessä on jo seuraavaakin polvea, puolitoistavuotias tytöntyllerö, joka kutsuu isoisäänsä papaksi.

Pissa ei tullut

Erkki kertoo olevansa täysin terve mies eikä elämässä ole minkäänlaisia rajoituksia. Hyvä niin, mutta kun pintaa hiukan rapsuttaa, sieltä alkaa ilmaantua yhtä ja toista. Hänellä todettiin korkea verenpaine jo hiukan yli kolmekymppisenä: arvot kieppuivat 150–170/90 nurkilla, kun tavoite on 120/80. Verenpaine pysyy kuitenkin kurissa lääkityksellä.

Diabetes iski Erkkiin alle nelikymppisenä, mutta sekin on pysynyt aisoissa lääkityksen avulla. Hänen ei ole tarvinnut koko aikana piikittää itseään.

– Olin vielä työelämässä, kun kymmenkunta vuotta sitten löytyi korkea kolesteroli. Kokonaiskolesteroli oli 6,8, ja lääkäri määräsi siihen Lipitor-nimistä statiinia. Söin 20 mg vuorokaudessa aina siihen saakka, kunnes kolme vuotta sitten toukokuussa sairastuin vakavasti. Olin siihen asti tuntenut itseni täysin terveeksi.

– Virtsan tulo lakkasi äkisti. Vasta kolmantena päivänä havahduin siihen, että nyt oli jotakin pahasti vialla, kun pissa ei tule. Menin Raahessa sairaalaan, missä minut katetroitiin ja tehtiin muitakin toimenpiteitä, mutta mitään varsinaista pissavikaa ei löytynyt.

Suoraan 
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Erkkiä lähdettiin viemään lauantaina ambulanssilla Ouluun sairaalahoitoon.

– Yritin vastustella ja pyysin, että saisin olla viikonlopun kotona. Minulle vastattiin kuitenkin, että ei missään tapauksessa, ja sittemmin sairaanhoitajatyttäreni totesikin, ettei maanantaiaamuna olisi enää tarvinnut lähteä minnekään. Peli olisi ollut pelattu.

Oulussa Erkille tehtiin monenlaisia kokeita, ja lopulta huomattiin, että munuaisten toimintaa mittaava kreatiiniarvo oli hälyttävän korkea, peräti 950, kun ohjearvo on 60–100.

– Minut laitettiin dialyysikoneeseen ja suoraan teholle. Oli ihan siinä hilkulla, etteivät munuaiset olisi menneet kokonaan hajalle. Kun olin ollut 12 tuntia dialyysikoneessa, hoitaja kertoi koneen suodattimien olevan niin tukossa, että oli pakko välillä lopettaa. Tilanne kuitenkin koheni pikkuhiljaa ja päivä päivältä kreatiiniarvo putosi lähemmäksi normaalia.

Lääke sairastutti

Alkuun Erkillä epäiltiin myyräkuumetta, mutta kun kolmannenkin testin jälkeen kaikki näytti negatiivista, epäilys osoittautui vääräksi. Lääkäri totesi kuitenkin Erkille, ettei hän pääse aikaisemmin sairaalasta pois, ennen kuin kaikki selviää. Lopulta lääkärit keksivät Lipitorin, joka pudotettiin heti pois. Yksi lääkäreistä totesikin Erkille, että Lipitor on kaikkein pahimpia munuaisia rasittavia aineita.

– Minulle sanottiin myös, etten saisi jatkossakaan käyttää statiineja. Olen nyt kohta kolme vuotta ollut ilman statiineja ja kolesteroliarvoni ovat suorastaan ihanteelliset. Juon 4–6 pulloa Benecol-juomaa viikossa, mutta muuten en ole juuri muuttanut ruokailutapojani.

Jo syksyllä 2011 Erkin arvot olivat vallan hyvät: kokonaiskolesteroli 5,6, huono eli LDL 2,8, hyvä eli HDL 2,2 ja huonot triglyseridit 2,1. Syksyllä 2013 samat arvot olivat seuraavat: kokonaiskolesteroli 4,9, LDL 2,5, HDL 1,73 ja triglyt 1,5. Eli ne olivat vielä entisestään parantuneet – ja ilman statiineja! Munuaisten kreatiiniarvo oli syksyllä 2013 enää 95, loistava siis sekin. Myös Erkin diabeteslääkitystä voitiin keventää jo Oulun sairaalareissun jälkeen.

Piirongissa pysyy

Sairaudet eivät kuitenkaan ole jättäneet Erkkiä rauhaan. Pari vuotta sitten hänellä todettiin kilpirauhasen vajaatoiminta, joka ilmeni ankarina vilukohtauksina ja niiden seurauksena kovana käsien vapinana. Erkki sanookin, että häntä suorastaan hirvitti mennä yleiselle paikalle, jos oli tärinä päällä. Nyt oireet kuitenkin pysyvät kurissa lääkityksen avulla.

Eikä tässä vielä kaikki. Erkiltä poistettiin muutama kuukausi sitten sappirakko. Tämäkään kuvio ei suostunut menemään normaalisti.

Mutta summa summarum: Erkki tuntee itsensä tällä hetkellä täysin terveeksi, vaikka potee yhtä ja toista. Statiinien suuntaan hän ei enää suostu vilkaisemaankaan.

– Lipitoria määrännyt lääkäri ei vielä toistaiseksi tiedä, mitä se aiheutti. Minulla on piirongin laatikossa Oulun reissun jälkeen täällä Raahessa kirjoitettu statiiniresepti, mutta se on ja pysyy reseptiasteella. On pysynyt jo kaksi ja puoli vuotta!

Teksti Reijo Ikävalko

Kuva Harri Hemmilä

Terveys-Hymy 7-14

Teksti: Hymy
Avainsanat: kilpirauhasen vajaatoiminta, diabetes, kolesteroli, verenpaine, statiini, munuainen, kreatiiniarvo

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