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Tue, 04 Jan 2000 18:30:32 0700
MIGRAINES

I suffer from migraine headaches. I can remember having severe headaches even before I was in school. My mother, who is deceased, suffered from them, and my brother and several of my sisters also suffer from migraines. The onset of my migraines used to be unpredictable. I never knew when the next one would come, but they were not that frequent. For about the past 3 years or so I have noticed a pattern. Since then I have been getting severe migraines every month with my menstrual cycle. I have been on birth control pills and therefore know when my next cycle will start, but my migraines usually last longer than my menses. I take the last birth control pill on a Friday morning and by Sunday my headaches start. I take the first bcp on a Saturday morning and by the next day I am usually migraine free again. I have tried several different medications, and the last time I saw my neurologist, he recommended I try taking magnesium starting 10 days before menses and continue until the end of the menses. Also starting 5 days before menses he has me taking Reglan (metoclopramyde), also until the end of the menses. The first month I tried it, my headaches were less severe, and I was able to control them with 600 mg of Ibuprofen. There was a negative side effect, however, I was very drowsy and since I have to drive to work and stay awake there I was not happy with the solution. I called my neurologist and this month he has me taking the same amount of magnesium (60 to 120 mg tid), but I only take Reglan with lunch and at bedtime.


Sat, 8 Jan 2000 03:42:28 EST
MIGRAINES

I use magnesium supplements to help prevent migraine attacks. Every morning, I take a 400 mg soft gelcap of magnesium from Twinlab. My multivitamin, a soft gelcap from Nature's Life, gives me another 100 mg. So I get 500mg of magnesium in the morning.

Then late at night, I chew a mixture of calcium and magnesium, called Calsnack. Two chewable tablets provide 1000 mg of calcium and 500 mg of magnesium. I also drink a mug of hot milk before going to bed. So I get both minerals at night.

I know I am supposed to have twice as much calcium as magnesium, but the way I do it, keeping them more or less equal, and giving a big magnesium boost in the morning, seems to work better. I wonder if it has anything to do with an extra need for magnesium, or maybe the absorption rate is not high, or maybe it is because the kind of migraine condition I have is called Familial Hemiplegic Migraine, which involves genetically damaged calcium channels in the brain. I do not know. But this regimen works. Since the nature of my attacks includes an hour of blindness, hemiplegia, and loss of speech, followed by a 5 day excruciating headache, I have a strong need to stay symptom free. I credit magnesium with playing a large role in prevention.

I originally began taking magnesium and calcium in separate doses


Fri, 14 Jan 2000 20:07:16 0000
MIGRAINES

I have been taking a magnesium supplement for 6 months now and the frequency of my migraines has reduced dramatically. I was getting 3 or 4 migraines each week. I now get perhaps one every two weeks. A miracle to me.


Tue, 18 Jan 2000 13:49:52 +0200
ARRHYTHMIAS

I am an ultra distance runner, and around 8 years ago, I started experiencing intense arrhythmias and subsequently spent lots of money & time visiting various doctors & cardiologists to try and determine the cause. The outcome in all cases were always the same : Unable to find cause, heart in good condition.

This kept bothering me, and fortunately, due to my career in computers. I started investigating on the Internet, and came across numerous studies linking magnesium to various illnesses. I immediately started taking Ultimag 600mg and my symptoms promptly disappeared. My concern is that doctors & cardiologists obviously aren't aware of all these studies, I have since passed this on to many people all of whom recovered from arrhythmias.

I am convinced it saved my life !!!!! My concern is the ignorance at government level regarding magnesium levels in water.

My running career has since taken off, and I thoroughly enjoy life again.


Tue, 18 Jan 2000 16:55:11 EST
PMS, MIGRAINES

For quite some time now I have felt that something was amiss. While I say that I never felt it was very serious, there were more insidious changes that were gradually getting worse. These changes were related to the monthly cycle: changes in mood and migraine headaches which have increased in intensity over the years (probably over 20 years! I am embarrassed to admit). My memory has also diminished and at times I have great difficulty in recall. I can get cramps in my legs and feet though this is quite sporadic and may be related to low blood sugar (or at least have occurred when I was hungry).Most of the time energy is low and my sleep is lately disturbed with restless legs (especially when thirsty) though in the past I would sleep too deeply it seemed.

Recently I discovered Magnesium OK a preparation for 'hormone balance'. Though I tired lots of things to improve my quality of life I was never sure that the latest personal trial was in fact having a pure effect, or whether it was influenced by the many other factors, e.g., diet, stress, sleep, etc. What made me take more notice of magnesium was that fact that at the same time a friend suggested trying ginger supplements. I opted for the real thing and ate lots of root ginger with a startlingly positive effect. I studied the info available on the net regarding its use and discovered it contained magnesium and the other relevant trace elements that were a part of the previous preparation which I had felt made a difference, but of which I was not sure. This was exciting in itself. I was therefore amazed to discover the added info in this site regarding magnesium. I also had read today the present issue of Migraine Action News (GB publication) that magnesium could have a direct effect on migraine, and so I checked it out on the net. It is very hopeful indeed. This led me to you.

I most definitely feel Mg had a positive effect for me. I took it in the weeks leading up to my period and the headaches while present, as always, were much more tolerable over the couple of months I tried the Mg. The preparation also had other trace elements and vitamins. It contained 145mg Mg. In the last couple of months I have concentrated on the use of ginger as the effect there was more direct. Relief would last a few hours after digesting a few thin slices of ginger root in my food. I needed less time off work in order to cope.

My migraines are related to the menstrual cycle and to allergy to petrochemicals and in particular perfumes. This makes life very difficult indeed as it is impossible to avoid the chemicals used in perfumes. Other usual triggers like red wine and certains foods also have a negative effect.I must also add that I have had a very stressful few years and I am sure this also had a bearing on the overall sense of well being.

I intend to take the supplement above for the next couple of months (now I am better informed).

I would not wish other people to suffer unnecessarily. If a real solution, and one so natural and non invasive as a trace element supplement (the excesses of which may be easily excreted), is all that is needed, well, why not?


Thu, 20 Jan 2000 14:29:00 +0800
MIGRAINES

I have a very long history of severely debilitating migraines for about 24 years. I did everything. Tried every new drug. Tested for allergies. Have every massage machine & pain destroying apparatus known to man. Invested in extensive massage therapy programs, hypnosis, medical testing, aromatherapy, yada yada yada. Everything failed.

Just last year I went to a homeopath. He tested my biological terrain, live blood exam on dark field microscope, dental mercury, allergies, nutrient levels, & much more. He discovered that I fit into a category for having the "big 4" deficiency. If I remember correctly, those nutrients are Calcium, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Potassium. I received an extensive report of many problems I am likely to experience due to this combination deficiency. Migraines was on that mega list.

I have put myself on an extensive nutrient rich program, & after 24 years of almost daily, devastating headaches, I have NO headaches! Mine were nutrient deficiency related, as are most all ailments. I am a new person.


Sun, 30 Jan 2000 11:05:01 +0000
MIGRAINES

I am a 42 year old female who has suffered from migraines for years. I attempted to treat them with magnesium, but quit after two days due to side effects. A year later I attempted again, but this time spread the dose throughout the day and lowered it slightly. I am also using 400 mg of B 2 along with herbs and for the first time in years I made it through the month without a migraine. I have had some weakness and dizziness, but no pain, nausea or cold hands that usually accompany my attacks.


Mon, 31 Jan 2000 19:08:39 0500
MIGRAINES

I have been using magnesium with calcium in a 2 to 1 ratio for about 2.5 months and have seen a dramatic reduction in migraines. I went from 6 or more a month with a 3 4 day duration to 1 2 per month.


Wed, 02 Feb 2000 19:30:34 0500
ATRIAL FIBRILLATION, MIGRAINES

I recently went to the ER where I was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation. This was the third such incidence in as many months but, also the most severe. After going through a complete battery of tests (EKGs, chest x ray, Holter monitor, exercise stress test, C.T., M.R.I and M.R.A. T.E.E. Thallium stress test) my cardiologist placed me on some new medications to slow down and regulate my heart and hopefully to prevent any further arrhythmias. Along with these medications, he said he was adding magnesium oxide because my tests also revealed a deficiency of magnesium.

When I started to look up things on the Web and found this site having to do with magnesium deficiency and migraines, it really got me to thinking. I have suffered from migraines since I was about 14 years of age (I am now 58).Also, once the ER staff stabilized my heart rate and I was resting for several hours in the ER waiting for a room to become available, I felt a migraine coming on. It very quickly became a full blown migraine.

So now I am thinking, migraine, atrial fibrillation and magnesium deficiency....could this all somehow be related?


Wed, 09 Feb 2000 22:55:08 0800
MIGRAINES

I live in North Wales U.K. I am 51 years old. Fifteen years ago when I was 36, I started getting migraine headaches, and as the years went by these became more and more frequent. I could not come to terms with not being able to see for periods of time, and of course the headaches. They would lay me up for days at a time. As the years went by my illness got worse in many other ways, and in April 1998 I saw my doctor and under went some tests. I was diagnosed as having fibromyalgia syndrome. I did some research on this subject and found that migraine headaches were part and parcel of fibromyalgia. Of course there were many more and painful aspects to this illness, but if I could have cured any one of them, then it would have had to have been the migraine headaches. I tried all sorts of things from many advisers to the point of feeling a lot worse with all of this junk inside of me, and to no avail. Then in late 1999 a friend handed my wife a newspaper cutting headed "Magnesium Cured My Migraine". It told of a woman who claimed that by taking two 250mg tablets of magnesium twice daily, had stopped getting migraines. I gave myself a couple of weeks free of any preparation, and then started taking magnesium, at the rate of one 250mg tablet per day. It was unbelievable, in the first month I only had two migraines. On January 1. 2000, I increased the dose to two 250mg tablets. I have not experienced a migraine since that date. Nearly six weeks!

I know it's early days, but I feel sure that it is the magnesium that has caused this change.


Thu, 17 Feb 2000 16:02:47 0500 (EST)
ILEOSTOMY

Due to Malabsorption caused by short bowel syndrome (Ileostomy), I am getting Mag. 2Gms. IV on a weekly basis.


Sat, 19 Feb 2000 19:37:34 0800
MIGRAINES, CHARLEYHORSES

I can't remember when I started having migraines, but they were always pretty awful. I remember as a teen that I would take some Tylenol and go lay down to sleep. After while, I would waken and the headache would have diminished, if not passed on. After while the Tylenol quit working. Back in 1994, I began experiencing charley horses several times a night, then it began to happen during the day, and almost any small thing would trigger a problem with a nasty charley horse. My Mom suggested calcium and magnesium. About two years later, I realized that I hadn't had a full blown migraine since I started the calcium and magnesium. I had a several occasions when I would begin having an aura, and when that happened I would go take a pain medication (usually ibuprofen) and find a quiet place to rest a few minutes. The full migraine never came on. Recently I have been having problems with TMJD, and the ibuprofen really wasn't helping, so I have changed to Aleve. It has been very helpful. However, I credit the relief of my migraines to the magnesium (in my calcium).

I had always used lots of milk products. It is clear to me that I was lacking the magnesium. I use the combination tablets, so that I don't get too much of either one.


Wed, 23 Feb 2000 21:32:37 0600
MENORRHAGIA

I don't like discussing my problem very much, but I hope this information will help others. I suffer from EXTREMELY heavy periods, called menorrhagia. The doctor wanted to treat the problem with harsh drugs that are harmful to the stomach, or hysterectomy as a final alternative. I tried some of the drugs, but found no relief. The problem was so bad, that I could not leave my house for the first three days of my menstrual cycle. I read that magnesium was responsible for controlling hormones, among other things, so I started taking it when things were at its worse, and within a day I would be significantly improved. After a year of taking magnesium only during my menstrual cycle, I decided to see what would happen with daily supplementation. Not only has my problem almost totally disappeared, but my monthly bout with facial acne cleared up as well! I'm also finding that I recover from fibromyalgia flare ups faster. I'm beginning to question if all of the medical problems I complain of aren't based on a magnesium deficiency.


Fri, 25 Feb 2000 00:32:32 0500 (EST)
VERTIGO, ATAXIA, CONFUSION, TACHYCARDIA, SYNCOPE

I'm a Registered Nurse and have never been sicker than I have been in the past 3 1/2 months. I had vertigo, ataxia, confusion, tachycardia, syncope. I went to over 10 world renowned physicians at the Cleveland Clinic. It came to the point this past week that I could not even walk. I kept falling down. Not one of them checked my magnesium. After searching the net desperately I stumbled across this magnesium thing. My magnesium was 1.0. I took 2 grams IV on Sunday. The cloud started to lift. On Monday I rechecked it and it was 1.3. I took another 2 grams IV.I started on oral magnesium and potassium. My potassium was 2.9. I feel wonderful today. My headache is gone. I could do cartwheels on a balance beam my balance is so normal. I FEEL GREAT! They had diagnosed me with Basilar Artery Migraine and Menieres syndrome. They wanted me to take beta blockers and IV depakote. Thank god I had enough sense to refuse and do my own research. Keep spreading the word and I will do the same.


Mon, 13 Mar 2000 23:48:02 +0000
INTRACTABLE MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY

This is a plea for help...I am 58 years old and several months ago I was sitting in a chair watching TV about 9:00 in the evening and out of the blue my heart started beating like a jackhammer. I knew something was very wrong and went to the emergency room. It took a long time but after 2 nitro pills and Digoxin and standing me on my head on the table, as my heart wasn't pumping the blood, the results of my lab came back and they gave me magnesium intravenously. I was able to get up and go home and felt fine. I wish that was the happy ending. Not so, this has happened so many times since, I have lost count. I ended up in the ER again on the day before New Year's Eve. They sent me to OKC to Presbyterian Hospital and I spent 16 days there having magnesium pumped into me day after day. They also did 24 hour urine studies but nothing they did helped the next morning at 5:00 am my magnesium would be back down to zip. The depletion of magnesium has also thrown me into diabetes. This is the list of meds I am taking at this time. Cardizem, Lanoxin, Rythmol, Amiloride, Glyburide, Glucophage, Premarin, Aygestin and 30 cc of MOM and 800 mg of Mag Ox. My Magnesium fluctuates from 1.3 to 1.8 and has never gone over 1.8 no matter how much I take, not even in the hospital when I was getting it in the arm. If there is anyone who knows of anything that will help me I would be forever grateful. You can imagine how many times I go to the bathroom a day, and to top it all off I am terribly sick to my stomach every day from all the medicine.


Fri, 10 Mar 2000 18:42:25 EST
MIGRAINES, CONSTIPATION

I have chronic constipation, and am totally laxative dependent. In searching for help for this, I began taking the standard calcium/mag/zinc supplement (2) morning and evening. Then I added magnesium (400mg) morning and evening.

Usually, when the seasons/weather is changing, I have migraines, but I haven't so far. Also, I have eaten things that usually trigger migraines, i.e., peanut butter and chocolate. I will say that it is possible something else that has been a help to me is that I've been dieting/trying to eat right, leaving off sugar. But I certainly hope the magnesium has something to do with it.

It's become a cliché these days, but "if this will help one person...."


Wed, 22 Mar 2000 17:46:37 EST
MIGRAINES

I have just been to your site re migraines and magnesium, I have had migraines for 20 years and they were getting so bad that they were lasting 2 to 3 days at a time. Anyway, to cut a very long story short, I went to see a specialist and he said I should try magnesium. I take 100mg a day along with feverfew and an aspirin tablet. I have half a feverfew a day, but have stopped taking the aspirin after reading not very good reports on the web about having aspirin daily . So far, so good, with the magnesium. I have had headaches, but can at least carry on a normal day without resorting to bed. I have also been prescribed Naramig which also helps, but really only take these as a last resort if the headache takes hold. I will keep on with the magnesium as I think anything that may help is worth a try, as I have tried many other things to no avail. As I am 45, I have been told that maybe when I hit menopause the migraines may calm down or stop. I can't wait!!.


Wed, 12 Apr 2000 09:26:50 0400
MIGRAINES

Magnesium supplementation seems to works for me. I have neck and back problems (osteoarthritis) which normally turn into migraines. The back pain turns to neck pain which somehow causes what feels like sinus pain which turns into a migraine. Imitrex normally fixes it, so I'm assuming that it is a migraine. I haven't had any problems lately, and I've been supplementing magnesium each day for 3 4 weeks. I'm currently supplementing 383 mg. from Life Extension Mix (www.lef.org), and taking another 400 mg before bed.

Also, my wife is a type I diabetic. She also has sprue and although she avoids wheat, she sometimes still has what seems like digestion/absorption problems as reflected in her blood sugars. She has had a couple DKA episodes and her magnesium has always been low. She is taking supplements now and has had fewer migraines and has had no serious episodes.


Thu, 13 Apr 2000 00:34:36 0700 (MST)
LEG ACHES

Recently went thru 4 months of horrible leg aches. Every night, the pain lasted from one to 4 hours. Only at night. It was not a "Charleyhorse" pain. Rather, it was nearer the surface of the skin. Not deep in the bone. I believe it was the nerve endings. The thigh, (top & bottom), the knee area, and the calf were afflicted. BUT, not all at one time. It would be in only one area, or maybe two. Next time, in another area.

Doctor was puzzled. Gave me a muscle relaxant, as I became sleep deprived. The electrolyte tests showed normal.

I did my own research. Decided it had to be calcium or magnesium. Although, I am a big milk drinker and have taken vitamins and calcium for years, I decided to try double doses of calcium. It helped, but not enough. I then got magnesium and double dosed with the calcium. Within a few days, the pain subsided. It has been almost a month now, and no pain in my legs. I am convinced I lacked magnesium.

I should tell you, that for years I have drunk mostly distilled water. The water here,,,is not 100% free of all the parasites. It gives me intestinal trouble.The lab supervisor assures me that the water was not the problem, as I should get my needed electrolytes from food.


Mon, 17 Apr 2000 22:31:53 EDT
MIGRAINES

I have recently begun taking feverfew, magnesium and riboflavin to reduce/prevent my migraines. I am 43 and have had migraines for about 5 years. I have seen a marked reduction in the frequency of my migraines and a reduction in their severity.


Mon, 24 Apr 2000 21:07:14 0700
MIGRAINES

By pure chance I noticed a decline in the intensity of migraine headaches after I started consuming TOFU. One of the ingredients of tofu that I buy is magnesium chloride!!!

I had no knowledge that the tofu that I was consuming had magnesium in it!!

It worked for me. I still have migraines, but they are much less painful and the interval between migraine events is larger.


Mon, 24 Apr 2000 00:35:57 0400
FIBROMYALGIA, CHRONIC FATIGUE

I have fibromyalgia and chronic fatigue. I use a calcium magnesium 2 to 1 ratio daily. This has helped me sleep, lessened muscle pain and most of the numbing and tingling in my arms at night. Also memory problems (fibro fog) is almost null.


Fri, 28 Apr 2000 14:28:37 0700
MIGRAINES

I had my first migraine headache at age 8, and suffered with them all my life. After menopause they became less frequent, but I still occasionally would get them. At that time they were usually associated with changing atmospheric pressure.

I never associated them with mineral deficiency, but since I've been taking calcium/magnesium/zinc combination morning and night, I rarely have a headache at all. I can distinguish oncoming migraine from other headaches, and when I feel one coming on, usually I know if it's going to develop into a head banger or not. Rarely do I have to take any medication anymore, and now I use naproxen sodium only--no more prescriptions. Lucky me.


Fri, 28 Apr 2000 18:24:33 0400
MIGRAINES

I am a 26 year old woman living in Canada. I live an average lifestyle and work in a climate controlled office. I have no real food allergies yet I have been a long time sufferer of migraines. Many people attribute the attacks to something that I have eaten but there has never been any kind of correlation. Last year I experienced an extreme migraine that lasted in varying degrees from August until October. Within that time I had tried many different drugs to try to alleviate the pain of the migraines. Few pain relievers could even touch this pain. Many days I would try to go to sleep, but the pain was so severe that I needed to surround my head with ice packs to gain even a modicum of relief.

After being put on short term disability at work due to the intensity of the attacks, I visited a neurologist who prescribed Amitryptoline. It is an awful drug with many side affects that can be worse than the migraines themselves. I experienced a loss of hearing in one ear and rapidly changing mood swings. I completely lost my appetite for a month and a half. I also sank into a deep depression. This was all induced by the medication to treat my migraines. I was told never to tell my life insurance company that I was taking this medication as they would surely cancel my policy. They would not believe that the drug was for migraines and not to treat depression. In order to be able to get up in the morning for work and be able to function without falling asleep I had to take this drug at 6:00PM every night and I was out like a light by 8:30PM at the very latest.

I endured the side effects of the Amitryptoline for 3 months and much of my life suffered worse than during the migraine attacks. The same neurologist decided to try a different approach. He prescribed to me 600mg of magnesium and 400mg of riboflavin (B2). I was to take this dosage daily.

Believe it or not, it helped. I went from suffering from a migraine on a daily basis to twice a week initially. After being on the regime for 12 weeks, I was only suffering attacks during pressure changes in the atmosphere. These attacks were minimal compared to the suffering I had experienced before.


Sun, 30 Apr 2000 15:25:21 0700
MIGRAINES

My neurologist prescribed magnesium for migraines. It has helped.


Thu, 18 May 2000 13:18:09 0400
MIGRAINES

After a migraine that lasted nearly a week, I looked to the web for info on how to manage the situation, and found your website. Very impressive! Impressed enough to supplement my diet with the mineral. After finding that magnesium oxide supplements did not agree with me, I now take magnesium glycinate on a daily basis, and have cut migraine frequency to a quarter of what I had suffered before. Thanks for a simple and elegant cure. I would have liked to say that I had stopped a migraine in its tracks with supplementation, which I had tried, and almost managed to do so, but I was too far gone by that time.


Tue, 6 Jun 2000 02:25:07 +0800
MIGRAINES, VERTIGO

I have been suffering from a magnesium deficiency for a number of years. Migraine is one of my first indications that my magnesium level is low; my other main symptom is vertigo-like effects. Magnesium Complete by Health Directions is the supplement that I have been taking. Recently I let my magnesium lapse and have just spent 1 week in hospital with major inner ear and balance problem.


Fri, 9 Jun 2000 16:47:15 EDT
ERYTHROMELALGIA

I have used Magnesium to treat a disorder which is the antithesis of Raynaud's Disorder called Erythromelalgia.

I and another person with the same disorder have had excellent results treating this disorder with large amounts (over 3 grams a day) of magnesium.


Thu, 22 Jun 2000 22:06:53 0600
ARRHYTHMIA, SHORTNESS OF BREATH

I have used Magnesium to treat heart arrhythmia and shortness of breath in myself. I took Magnesium Citrate and Glycinate, 400 500 per day. I was also taking CoQ10 and hawthorne. After about a month my heart was behaving normally again. That was almost a year ago, and I slowly tapered off. Now I am having a little trouble again so I will begin again.


Mon, 3 Jul 2000 18:16:03 0500
MIGRAINES

For about 3 years, I have suffered from migraines about every two weeks. If I stayed away from fatty foods and sweets, sometimes I could go as long as 4 5 weeks.

My last migraine was exactly two weeks ago. I do not have one today. I have been taking magnesium supplements for about 10 days. I take one 250mg in the morning and one 250mg at night. Could this actually be the answer to the end of migraines? I'm almost afraid to hope. It's too soon to tell, since it has only been two weeks.

An off hand remark from an acquaintance about how magnesium was helping her feet problems (I'm not sure why her feet hurt her so much) was the reason I decided to try it. It never occurred to me that it might help prevent migraines.


Sat, 15 Jul 2000 13:55:39 0400
MIGRAINES

I am a migraine patient, 50 years old, female. I have had migraine since the age of l5. I was diagnosed with Classic Migraine at the Diamond Headache clinic in Chicago back in 1974.I have taken many of the migraine meds over the years, Migranol, Sansert, Cafergot, Imitrex, Zomig. {and many in between that did not work} Since menopause at age 47, I have taken HRT which I feel has continued and increased the headaches. I made the decision to continue HRT based on family history and my own experience when I was hormone deficient. Long story, short, I found myself taking Imitrex, almost daily, with recurring migraine when med wore off. Miserable and desperate I agreed to take Verapamil daily with a future promise that I would add one of the anti depressants currently being prescribed for migraine. There was no improvement of any kind with addition of Verapamil. Switched to Zomig and am wondering if a Triptan is a Triptan is a Triptan, still having what I feel are rebound headaches. I started to search on my own for anything new on the horizon and found various articles on magnesium and B2. I have been in a terrible condition for about 8 weeks and while my doctor was on vacation over the fourth of July, decided that I would try Magnesium Gluconate, 600mg per day and added B2 300mg per day. I am only on day 8, but after day 3, the headaches subsided and have not returned. I do feel some pressure on one side or the other at times but migraine pain has not broken through. I am excited and thrilled to have had these last 5 days with no pain. I know that it is pretty early to call this a cure, but for me, to avoid taking anti depressant and possibly not have to rely on pills that cost $12 apiece, it is a very hopeful thing. Migraine has changed the course of my life and sometimes my family's life. I spent years being ashamed of it, being accused of looking for drugs, or not being able to control mind over matter. At my age, I now understand that there is no shame in it unless it be not taking care of yourself and allowing some silly stigma to be attached to it. After reading the stories of hundreds of migraineurs on the net, I see the damage and devastation this disability can cause and am glad that research goes on, for whatever reason, even profit.


Sun, 23 Jul 2000 20:32:34 0400
MULTIPLE MYELOMA

On Dec 3, 1996, at 42 years of age, I was diagnosed with 3rd stage multiple myeloma and given 6 months to live. I had had a calcium level of 18 and was in ICU for 4 days on saline solution and Lasix, prior to being diagnosed. A week before I went to the hematologist/oncologist on Dec 13th, the Lord impressed me to take magnesium. I did not know what it would do or why, but I obeyed His leading and bought a $2.47 bottle of 100 250mg. tablets and began taking 2 a day. On Feb 3, 1997, exactly 2 months to the day I was diagnosed, the cancer doctor said that my reason for coming there no longer existed! (I had refused chemo of any kind.)

I continued to take the magnesium, 2 a day, until Oct 1997, when my dad died and I forgot to take it. On Dec 4, 1997, I was rediagnosed with multiple myeloma and began Aredia treatments Jan.9, 1998. I was allergic to it, but the doctor refused to treat me with saline solution and Lasix (as I had been both times I was in ICU), so I submitted to it again in March and May. By then, I needed 2 or 3 people to help me walk from the bed to the bathroom across the hall at home. The full body charlie horses, 12 a day, would come on if someone touched me or just walked in the room. I changed cancer doctors, and the new one said the tetany was from the Aredia. On July 13th, my hip broke as I walked across my living room. I never fell, as my daughter caught me. After replacement surgery, I needed a blood transfusion, and a month later, in excruciating pain, I was told that I must begin chemo. I agreed to a mild drug called Melphalen, and began to take magnesium faithfully. The Melphalen was supposed to kill 25% of the cancer in 3 months, if at all (although the doctor said I didn't have that long).But after 10 days, 75% of the cancer was gone. I took Melphalen again 6 weeks later, all along taking the magnesium. The cancer all but disappeared in Oct 1998.I took Melphalen once more at the end of Dec. The doctor told me in March 1999 that there was no sign of cancer. I refused more Melphalen, just taking magnesium faithfully, 500 mg a day. I have been cancer free since then, even when I had to have surgery in Sept 99 to remove the infected replacement hip. This March 31, 2000, my family doctor was bouncing off the walls with joy. All my stats came back perfect, even the immune system, although my bone density is still low (It had been that of a 97 year old woman after the Aredia.).The cancer doctor said that I am in complete remission.

I believe the Lord saved my life with magnesium, and that I should have obeyed Him and taken it without letup. The cortisone they gave me with the Melphalen has caused many joint problems, and I have to use a walker since I don't have a hip now, but at 46 I am babysitting my grand daughter full time and gardening, moving furniture around, etc. But I expect to get another hip replacement and that the magnesium will continue to restore my bones, as He promised me in Isaiah 58.I recommend magnesium to everyone I know.


Thu, 17 Aug 2000 11:13:41 EDT
MIGRAINES

I read an article from the Magnesium Website. The article I read was, "Magnesium, Heart Attack, and Drinking Water." It talked of the magnesium deficiency and the possibility of adding magnesium and calcium to water. That really interested me. If people are lacking these important minerals, then I think adding it to the water might be a good idea as long as people who consume a lot of water wouldn't get too much where it could be toxic. I would strongly support further studies and possible addition to our water supply.

The other response I have to your article would be that ever since I read that magnesium plays a role in migraine headache prevention, I started taking magnesium/calcium supplements. I've had the "Classic Migraine" since I was a young teenager and they were the worst kind and pretty frequent. I had tried a couple different migraine prescriptions from the neurologist, but nothing ever helped with the occurrences and the severity of my migraines. I've been treating myself with alternative medicines and measures for a long time now. So when I read about migraine sufferers may lack adequate magnesium amount and that might be reasons for this type of excruciating headaches, then I started right away taking magnesium. So in the last year since I've been taking magnesium, I've only had one migraine and that is it. I used to have about 3 4 a year. So, this definitely appears to have helped.


Tue, 22 Aug 2000 16:32:37 0700
ALCOHOLISM

I just wanted to comment on the wealth of info on your website.

Last Sunday my husband (only 43 years old) had a heart attack. Yesterday was his follow up Dr. appt. Dr. seemed very concerned over one aspect of his lab results, the low magnesium level. I have personally seen his lab results from his stay in ICU and believe me the magnesium levels were the least of my concern...until I found your website.

My husband suffers from constant headaches, severe insomnia, alcoholism, malnutrition, high blood pressure, hepatitis, and a host of other things. Reading your articles on the relationship of alcoholism and low magnesium really opened my eyes.

He has a long road to recovery but your website has given me the ability to better understand his suffering. Changing our drinking water and watching his diet for magnesium intake, is certainly very high on my list.

I can't believe the doctors have never mentioned anything about this in the past. Even during his stay in ICU, they never seemed concerned about the magnesium levels. I guess we were lucky that we had a substitute doctor yesterday, as I would have never known myself.

Thanks for your dedication to this subject. It has opened my eyes.


Tue, 05 Sep 2000 10:18:24 EDT
CHRONIC FATIGUE SYNDROME

Yes, I have used magnesium in liquid form for chronic fatigue syndrome that came after a bout with Parvo virus B 19. I went to an Iridologist that saw I was deficient in magnesium and he recommended it. I saw an improvement with my symptoms, mostly the joint and muscle pain, and my energy levels did go up. I use it on a regular basis now and highly recommend it.


Sun, 17 Sep 2000 21:00:42 0600
MAGNESIUM DEFICIENCY

Could you please tell me who I could see… for magnesium deficiency? I have seen 2 doctors so far and they are not taking seriously what I have told them that I have a lot of symptoms that fit this deficiency.


Tue, 26 Sep 2000 20:13:50 +0100
ENERGY LEVELS, ERECTILE CAPACITY, BOWEL MOVEMENTS

Ten years ago I had a quadruple bypass and suffered considerably from post operative health problems for 5 years. At that point, having become frustrated with the ineptitude of the medical profession in its inability to offer a resolution to those problems, I started taking an interest in the management of my own health, and with considerable success too. The result was that within a short period of time, and with the use of substances such as DHEA, Q10, and other over the counter products my health was restored to that almost of normality, and what a relief! An acute lack of energy was part of those post operative problems which Q10 restored, but, today, a further 5 years on, this lack of energy has returned even though I've ramped up the dosage of Q10. Recently, on reading Hans Nieper's book 'The Curious Man', my interest in some of those common nutritional substances mentioned in this book was raised, and on experimenting with them, found that when I took magnesium that my energy levels returned and with it the impetus to do, and to achieve, things. I'm a 190lb, 6', 70 year old male and not only am I more active and alert than I've been for some time, but, interestingly, my erectile capacity has improved and, indeed, so has my bowel movement. I'm now wondering if I've been suffering from a magnesium deficiency for the past 10 years or possibly more! Today, I'm physically active and strong, and possess that feel good factor!

I found the information on the webpage fascinating, and it's proved to be invaluable; it's provided me with the energy to get through the things I've always wanted to do; so thank you!


Wed, 4 Oct 2000 18:50:51 EDT
HEADACHES

I've suffered headaches forever. I'm 31, and have had them 20 years. Nothing is long term effective, but recently while on the Atkins diet, my headaches ceased altogether for 5 months, the longest time frame in my life. I thought it was the diet. A high cholesterol level forced me to change my diet, and wham, the headaches returned with a vengeance! It occurs to me that while on the diet, the calcium supplement I was taking had magnesium in it, and I finished the bottle within 2 weeks of the cessation of my diet. The new bottle of calcium has no magnesium. After stumbling onto info about magnesium and migraines, I bought a bottle of magnesium oxide. I take 500mg in the am and 500 in the pm. It seems to diminish the pain, but not get rid of it.


Fri, 10 Nov 2000 09:21:52 +0800
PAIN IN LEGS AND ARMS

I have recently started taking magnesium on the advice of a naturopath as I was having terrible pain in my arms and legs which were keeping me awake at night. I put these down to the fact that I have a very heavy job in the laundry in a nursing home. I read all of the symptoms of fibromyalgia on the net and felt that it described me perfectly. I have found that being on the magnesium I am very much improved. I suffer from migraines, but only a couple a year so can't tell yet if it is going to help in that department.


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