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Magnesium Deficiency

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  • Posted By: Anonymous
  • June 15, 2006
  • 08:31 PM

Hi,

I have been diagnosed with migraine, myofascial pain syndrome and fibromyalgia and also magnesium deficiency.

This was a long hard road and on August 18/19 of 1998 it was like the float gates opened and I was drowned in a sea of pain and dehabilitation. That was the day I had a migraine that lasted for 1 1/2 months SOLID. After that migraine broke, I was having migraines almost every single day.

Around this time I suddenly became diabetic and contracted a heart arrhythmia. Also very quickly, my cholesterol, triglycerides and lipids sky rocketed.

It took 9 months of me complaining about fatigue-no sheer exhaustion to the point I would go cross-eyed and have to sleep-almost as bad as narcolepsy. This entire time the doctors told me I was depressed, to which my reply was, "I have been depressed before and this is NOT depression. The next doctor to say this to me, I will reach down his throat and pull his heart out of his mouth!" Needless to say that was written in my charts but I do not care because it was 9 SOLID months of complaining to my family doctors and the hospital doctors.

When I finally went in and demanded to see the manager of my family dr. office, and demanded a Vitamin B shot just to see if it would work, the manager called a doctor to talk with us. He agreed to give me a shot on the condition I let him do a blood test which I said, "PLEASE DO!!!"

It was 10:30 pm that same night the nurse called me and said get MagOx 400 and take 1 a day. Then later the heart specialist said NO, take a minimum of 3 a day.

(I could have sued my family doctor then but I am not sue happy so I let it go but at the price I will live with these problems the rest of my life and their lives go on. But I do believe what goes around comes around :) )

But I have been getting desperate again this year feeling different things coming on and I think it's all stemming around digestive tract and magesium deficiency unlike what all these doctors seem to "think" they know. Not to mention I have been reading about meds that cannot work together which all the PDR's, Walgreen's Medicine Shoppes in the world have not even monitored.

I am going to up my Magnesium starting today and see what happens in the next days, weeks, months. Also I am wondering about taking DrNatura as a starting point for better digestive absorption.

I want to compare notes or get some good sound advice or will even answer questions from people who have not been through all this as long as I have been.

Talk Later,
Pal

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  • Wow, you have been through alot. I would suggest you ask about Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, see the website at: www.cfids.com for more info. since you are so fatigued. It is not uncommon for fibromyalgia and cfids to overlap. Some doctors think it may be the same disease in fact. You need to find a good Rheumatogist that is knowledgable about CFIDS and Fibromyalgia. Check your local paper for support groups for others that may be able to refer you to who they see. Best of luck.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 10, 2006
    • 07:01 PM
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  • Just be careful with all the mag you're taking.My daughter is on quite a high dose, and too much could cause you to have seizures.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 12, 2006
    • 11:24 AM
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  • i have been right around glutes and legs for awhile..kept telling myself i need to stretch more. then in july all of a sudden my muscles spasms were so bad i could hardly move in bed. it was excruciating to get up and sit on the toilet! it slowly got better enough for me to walk around , but i couldn't sit for more than a few minutes, couldn't pick up my young kids, couldn't sleep, slightly constipated. nothing i did seemed to help much... well, after months of MRIs, muscle relaxers (they suck!) pain meds, ultrasound and electrical stimulation at PT, and yoga everyday, i finally had a massage therapist tell me i'm probably magnesium deficient. so here it is october and i can finally sit down and stand up with pain!!! they are like miracle pills! i have to take them throughout the day to keep away the pain, i've only been on them 1.5 weeks now. but i take 4-5 throughout the day , 1200+ mg each. my massage therapist RULES!! apprently this is relatively uncommon, and i don't know why i'm so deficient because my diet is pretty good. my massage therapist says there's a small percentage of the population that doesn't absorb mag. well and needs to take it with maltic acid (which i'm doing).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • October 11, 2006
    • 02:23 PM
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  • Definitely Lymes Disease. Get a Western Blott blood test. If any low level of any kind comes up, you have it. You already have many of the symptoms, and remember you do not need to have all manifestations of the disease (nobody does).
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 04:57 PM
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  • Me again. Make sure you tell your doctor that he must send the blood test out to only one lab- "Quest." I tested all diff labs and they are the only ones that have a high sensitivity for lymes recognition. This is my specialty, please believe me and you will be on your path to healing.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 05:00 PM
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  • TO: LEZBEPALZ Junior Member My unregistered replies of Lymes Disease are meant for you! Sorry if I created any confusion. Please get the blood test. Glo
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 7, 2006
    • 05:04 PM
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  • And with all the mag you are taking has your doctor yet done a blood ionized magnesium test to see exactly how low (or not ) you are now?? (not a serum test but an ionized test) Also....it is the Calcium to magnesium ratio that is critical...in Dr. Carolyn Dean's Book "The Miracle of Magneisum" she says that one needs to take both in the proper ratio.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • February 22, 2007
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  • test your blood for a cortisol level
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  • Your may want to consider Celiac Disease, which is caused by the body's inability to digest the protein gluten. Resulting malabsorption can cause a host of nutritional deficiencies. Symptoms can include anemia, various vitamin and mineral deficiencies, fatigue and wekaness, joint pain, migraine headaches, liver dysfunction, thyroid disorder, digestive upset, infertility, depression, irritability, overemotionality,and sometimes a rash called dermatits herpetiformis (sort of like eczema or psoriasis). Recent data suggests that as many as 1 in 100 people are affected by this disease. Historic ideals of how this disease presents often result in it not being diagnosed (ie. classic symptoms include extreme weight loss and diarrhea), however, these symptoms may not be present even though the disease is. Treatment is through a gluten-free diet (no medication required).
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  • hi this isnt so much of a reply as a question to anyone who knows anything about magnesium disorders, i ahve a really close friend who went into seizure like convulsions a few days ago and all the doctors are saying its due to stress, is it really possible for that to cause the spasms she was going through, i mean they were really painful for her. if anyone could ge tme some more information on magnesium deficiencies then id be grateful and i ask about them cause i was looking on the internet and found something that sounded exactly like what she had, its called somthing like spasmofolie in french i think anyway thanks to anyone that replies
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  • I was diagnosed with magnesium deficiency in France in the 1970's. That was after I collapsed with tetany and was taken to the hospital. I'd had many "nervous" problems for a while before that. Drug treatment for depression didn't work. I had a wide variety of nervous and muscular symptoms. Doctors there said it was started when I got married and moved to a small French town (culture shock) just about the same time my father died. I'd changed my diet. I have a family history of diabetes and a tendency to low blood sugar. The treatment there was intravenous injections of magnesium every day for a month. Then periodically, as needed, another series of shots. And I needed to drink more milk. Gradually my body adjusted and after three years I could manage with only magnesium tablets. They said a shock to the system could destablize it and it could need a shock back. The shots. American doctors never seem to understand what I'm talking about when I tell them this story but it worked for me.That was many years ago and I'm able to manage with normal food and mineral supliments.
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  • Epsom salts are also magnesium. Never drink or swallow them, but they sure are nice in a hot bath! 1 or 2 cups of salts in a tub. Or, foot soaks are nice. The magnesium is absorbed through the skin very effectively. One person dissolved some into a spray bottle and sprays herself throughout the day.
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  • To keep this brief, seriously consider testing for high levels of Candidiasis and have your pH levels tested. If the pH level in your body is overly acidic, you will be prone to many diseases. This is an alternative way to approach the actual causes, rather than just cover them up with medications. Best of luck through the process!
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • December 14, 2007
    • 09:22 PM
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  • I have done years of medical research and from my opinion you have been INFECTED with something. My first thought was bacteria. There are so many different kinds it could make your head spin. My second thought was a parasite, or third, a virus. Certainly LYME DISEASE should be suspect. It is caused by a spirochette baceteria, Bb. This bacteria is found in the blood on a recent infection, but after a while, leaves the blood for the cartliage and central nervous system. It "hides" from the immune system, so the immune system won't send out antibodies. Therefore, taking a standard western blot test can show a FALSE negative in a large percentage of infected people. Quest is NOT the lab of choice for this disease! The true expert lab is IGENEX in Palo alto, CA. They will run a Lyme panel that will test for it "in" the blood, and then two very sensitive western blots, that test for antibodies from more strains than a standard western blot. Also, you should know that a false LYME test does not mean you don't have it. A look at the patient's symptoms will weigh heavily on a diagnosis. Lyme Disease many times comes with co-infections, and if you test for lyme, your doctor will want to test for co-infections (at IGENEX) as well. Many people diagnosed with fibromyalgia and chronic pain syndrome (and many other diseases) have found years later that they test positive for Lyme. Because this disease is complex and treatment can be lengthy, you will want to see a LYME LITERATE doctor for proper treatment. Check HTTP//:WWW.ILADS.ORG A nurse on my Lyme site http://www.Californialyme@yahoogroups.com states that one fibro doc claims to have found the Coxsackie b virus in 82% of his cases. Blastocystosis (protozoal Parasite) can cause headaches, arthritis and joint pain, depression,fatigue, and more. It is a serotonin affector of the CSN and GI tract. Best lab for it is METAMETRIX in Georgia. This is only one parasite of hundreds that can affect humans.As far as vitamin deficiencies, these can be caused by parasitic organisms as well.H Pylori hijacks Iron, Lyme Hijacks Vit D, (and I remember bacteria being blamed for hijacking magnesium). Anemia is many times caused by parasites in the GI tract.In conclusion, it is VERY possible that your symptoms are not from one cause but you could be infected by multiple organisms. When the immune system is broken enough for one organism to take over, you can bet there are others out there that will find an easy target as well. Your best defense is a STRONG immune system built by lots of water (DONT GET DEHYDRATED)and fresh raw natural foods. Put a chlorine filter on your tap, and take iodine supplements.
    Anonymous 42789 Replies
    • August 31, 2009
    • 01:10 AM
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  • I just wanted to say that I have been through a similar mess without the migraines. I have been going to drs for 8 years with what started out as unrelated minor symptoms. About a year ago I had had it with my dr because she was getting no where and didn't seem to care about why I had all these symptoms. She also refused to discuss Fibromyalgia at all as if it didn't exist. I then found a PA who referred me to a rhumetologist........I have been to see many locally and nuerologists before this who couldn't seem to find answers. Well this time I got the right drs. I have fibromyalgia and a magnesium deficiency. One of the things I realized was I don't eat much a all with magnesium. You have to work on better absorption and although the magnesium supplements are good you get more from foods that you eat with it and if you are severe enough talk to your dr about magnesium replenish/replacement. I have been reduced to napping during the day in order to get through it. B12 shots made no difference to me. My drs now have me on flexoril, cymbalta and magnesium supplements. I will be checked in 30 days to see what else I need or if things are going well. I also have to add foods with magnesium and cut down or out of soda that has caffeine. I am also taking probiotics over the nextmonth. I have been tested for everything at least twice including lyme disease. I am happy to say there has been improvement and I hope the same for you. Insist on specialists and testing because that will make the difference. I hope you are on the mend soon or at least feeling like your pain is more managable.
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