OK, so you got my last email about my sleep issues. For now I have Ambien, which has solved so many of my sleep issues, I could declare it a miracle. For the future I might have to get more medical help to prove I have some sort of sleep disorder in order to receive the Ambien. However, you know the thing that is weird? When I don't sleep, I don't just stay awake all the time - the rest of the time I have nightmares - and some these nightmares are telepathic in nature (I know it sounds kooky, but after 4 decades of them, I know it to be true). Before Ambien, I always knew when something bad was going to happen because of the nightmares. I had 2 night before last, that I am still shaking about. * But my question is - if I take Ambien and do not dream these dreams - am I robbing part of myself of it's existence? You know what I mea? Like this is a gift of sorts, and I am deciding it is not worthy enough to be part of my life? OK, onto the next pertinent piece of health news. I have really high cholesterol, triglycerides, and in the past, high blood pressure. I have had this since my early twenties. I have the blood pressure controlled, and it has been happy for years, but my cholesterol, not so much. The statin medications make my muscles hurt like I have a disease. My doctor just called and said we have to do something - but I am just out of ideas. Yes, I could lose weight, but I had these problems when I weighed 110. I am 5'6 and 165 - so I still need to lose some weight. Yes, I could eat better - but my eating patterns are not appalling. No, I could not exercise more, because I already feel like I do? (See bottom section of my post.) Maybe not? *So, my question is - what should I do? Do you think I should try something homeopathic? Or should I try some sort of strict diet, which I have never really tried? Or should I continue the trial and errors of these statins, which only lower my cholesterol a small amount and give me side effects? Then there is the problem of my stocking (aka tennis) elbow. Since I started retail I have apparently developed "tennis elbow" in both elbows. It sounds so cliche, doesn't it? But it hurts!!!! *Have any of you had it? And if so what helps? And last I am having horrible muscle pain. It started a couple of years ago in conjunction with the sleep problems. I thought it could be some form of Fibro Myalgia. It is made worse on the statin medications for cholesterol. But even without those, (I have been off of them for a month) it has been really bad since I started working in retail. One of the sales assc has a pedometer, and as a sales person she walks appx 5-7 miles a day. I probably walk 2-3 miles a day as a manager - but we also have stairs to the upper floor I climb 20 times a day, and lots of lifting. Still it is not like I am running a marathon every day. So, I don't get it. *Any thoughts? You guys are so amazingly helpful! Thank you in advance.