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Fri, 4 Jan 2002 19:51:26 0600 (CST)

I am currently using magnesium, which seems to greatly help and may sometime in the future cure me of seizures which for some reason have only occurred while I sleep. I have recently discovered that Magnesium regulates sodium efflux and influx into nerve cells. Exactly the same mechanism that my prescription medicine Dilantin does in stopping seizures. AMAZING!

Wed, 9 Jan 2002 14:53:27 0500

I happened upon your request as I was looking up a website re: magnesium as a preventative for migraine for a friend.

I am 39 years old, and have suffered from migraine since late adolescence. My family physician knows about them, and is rather more inclined to prescribe the "latest and greatest", regardless of cost or side effects, than actually listen to me as to what actually works well for me, in this case, a step approach using first 1) otc caffeine, aspirin, and decongestant combination; then 2) butalbital/aspirin; and lastly, 3) codeine. Imitrex, which produces immediate results, seems to irritate my nasal passages to the point where I may suffer from ulcerations in my nasal cavity for weeks afterwards. Also, the food diary approach to migraine management is a cruel joke.

I researched alternative treatments following a terrible weeklong migraine, and found what appeared to be good, legitimate info on the role of magnesium in prevention of migraine. I was sufficiently convinced (which is very difficult to do) to experiment upon myself. I take chelated magnesium every morning. Although I had not been scrupulously collecting clinical data on the results (life is busy enough, thank you), I can enthusiastically tell you that anecdotally, it has been very helpful. For me, frequency of migraine has gone down to a fraction, say 1/3, of what they were. That's pretty significant. I still get them, mostly in spring and fall, coinciding with allergic triggers.

Chronic pain arthritis/myofacial is also a problem for me, and magnesium supplementation is an important part of pain control for me. I stretch and exercise on a daily basis, using belly dance/free weights/yoga/Pilates/balance exercises as I see fit, considering how I feel that particular day. I believe this is also a factor in controlling headache, especially those associated with TMJ and neck tension.

Tue, 15 Jan 2002 10:56:12 0500

I have been taking magnesium to treat my migraines for around a month now. I have suffered from migraines for 11 years and this has been the first treatment to decrease the amount and length of pain I experience.

Sat, 26 Jan 2002 10:28:10 EST

I was recommended magnesium taurate to help with possible asthma, breathing difficulties, however, I have noticed that the magnesium has reduced my anxiety levels.

Wed, 6 Feb 2002 21:32:01 EST

I have been taking magnesium oxide mineral supplements to treat migraines. I take 1000mgs per day. The migraines occur about once a month. This is the same frequency as before taking the supplement, but the severity is much less.

Tue, 12 Feb 2002 10:20:22 0800

I had purchased the book by Dr. Mauskop re Migraines. While doing my own research, I had been taking feverfew and B vitamins in order to combat headaches that were lasting for over a month at a time. The two supplements were not enough to stop the headaches, or even notice a difference. Within two weeks of adding magnesium, my headaches were cut down to 1/4 of what they were. I was no longer needed prescription medication to stop them, except on rare occasions. When I was using my prescription, I would only need one to two pills to stop them completely. Further, my 7 year old son noticed almost immediately and was commenting that I no longer had a headache like I did. I am now using Migra Lieve daily.The only problem that has arisen is that I was feeling so well that I started missing doses and am currently experiencing an 11 day headache at this point. I am currently waiting for the supplements to build back up and expect the headaches to resolve soon. I was extremely skeptical when I started taking the magnesium and was only really grasping straws to stop the pain. I believe the magnesium made the difference.

Thu, 14 Feb 2002 19:25:38 EST

I have had major successes treating my migraines with magnesium. Sadly, this may be the most overlooked tx for headaches.

Sun, 17 Feb 2002 16:43:43 1000

I have had migraine headaches for about 25 years. In the early 1990s, I was finally diagnosed at the UCLA pain management clinic in the School of Dentistry. That eventually led to daily Neurontin and Tenormin as preventive and Imitrex 50 100mg. tabs when I get one. I used the injection Imitrex for a few years in the mid 90s. A few years ago my neurologist almost offhandedly suggested magnesium supplement, but didn't say how much so I've been on just 133mg. extra a day. Then about a week ago I read in this article, dex.html, how 500mg. was more like it. I've been on 500mg. a day for seven days now, and I have yet to experience another migraine. Prior to a week ago I'd get twinges daily, a moderate migraine maybe once a week, and whopper maybe once a month. Now, nothing, no twinges, no nothing. The only "side effect" I can see is just a dash of flushing in my face. Otherwise nothing I can detect.

Tue, 19 Feb 2002 06:06:40 0800

I am a 57 year old retired male, 157 lbs., 6 feet, in good health except for slight hypertension which is well controlled to 120s/70s by 10 mg of enalapril taken each morning.

I have had occasional bouts of preventricular contractions since my early twenties. Over a period of several days, or usually weeks, I would experience several PVCs per hour. Then they would disappear for many months. My doctors over the years seemed to agree that these were harmless.

This past fall, my wife and I took a six week camping (RVing) trip during which we were very active, hiking several miles each day in Utah's canyon country. During this time I was having "attacks" of increasing frequency and duration. The PVCs would sometimes be so frequent (perhaps every third or fourth heartbeat), and last for so many minutes, that I could barely talk due to the induced coughing.

When we got home, I read an article in "Readers' Digest" that mentioned a food supplement database they had on their website. Of the several things mentioned, magnesium seemed the cheapest. I started taking 200 mg/day. After the third dose, the PVCs abruptly, and completely, stopped. Then, to test it, I stopped taking Mg and the PVCs returned after three days.

As it happened, I had my annual physical in December, so I mentioned all this to my doctor who decided I ought to have a stress EKG just to rule out any coronary artery blockage. I had the test in January and it showed I had no heart problems whatever.

I have since learned that exercise depletes Mg, and I certainly was active during our trip. And, I also have noticed by looking back over my blood tests, that my Mg level has always been low normal.

Thu, 28 Feb 2002 17:43:04 EST

I thought I would let you know that I am using magnesium to treat my migraines, and with amazing results... What were previously three or four day monster migraines are often as short as two hours now. That is more improvement than any prescription medication has ever given me. I take 756 mg of magnesium L lactate dihydrate each day, split into three doses. I also take magnesium gluconate, 270 mg each morning. I have been using magnesium for the migraines for a little over six months now. I did not start at the present dose, but rather gradually increased to this level. This combination has made enough difference in the quality of my life that I can now plan to do something tomorrow and be reasonably sure I will be able to get it done.

Sat, 2 Mar 2002 15:00:36 EST

I have bone marrow cancer. My right ankle broke 2 years ago. An endocrinologist says I have a magnesium deficiency. He has me on magnesium IV 2 3 times a week.

Sun, 31 Mar 2002 09:00:18 0600

I have successfully been treated for migraine with mag IV's. I take oral magnesium everyday but seem to have a hard time retaining enough mag in my system. I go to an environmental specialist who has literally brought me back to life with supplements, nutritional IV's and magnesium.

Tue, 2 Apr 2002 09:24:59 +0200

I started a self experiment with 600 mg magnesium and after a couple of month I was out of tablets and didn't replace them for about 3 days; I was suffering migraines all 3 of them!

Fri, 5 Apr 2002 20:27:22 0500

I had suffered a heart attack [and] underwent angioplasty for a stent placement. While in recovery, a nurse noticed that my t waves were abnormal and phoned the treating physician who immediately ordered that I be placed on a magnesium drip. It obviously worked as my ECG was later O.K. and I was discharged two days later.

Sun, 7 Apr 2002 11:34:18 0400

I am a 38 year old male who use to suffer regularly from migraines. I found that the more I exercised the worse they got. I have not exercised much in the last 10 years to avoid both the headaches and prolonged fatigue. A few weeks ago I began taking a 500 mg. magnesium supplement each day. I can feel a dramatic difference in the way I feel after exercising. I am also experiencing deeper sleep.

My eight year old son is just beginning to experience the exercise related headaches too. He has had amitriptyline prescribed for the headaches but it hasn't done anything but make him sleepy. I will probably try a magnesium supplement with him too.

Sun, 7 Apr 2002 19:21:17 0500

I had a boarder that had horrible cluster headaches daily and he is a young man of only 22. I told him about magnesium, but he wanted medical care. After spending a lot of insurance money on many tests, including MRIs and brain scans and nearly dying from aspirin toxicity, he listened to me at length and was finally interested in trying magnesium. I gave him a bottle of magnesium glycinate. He was to take 800 mg magnesium from magnesium glycinate a day (200 mg 4 t/d).He stopped having cluster headaches within a day or two. As long as he takes his Mg, he has no headaches.

George Eby

Tue, 9 Apr 2002 20:53:51 0500

I have been taking magnesium sulfate 400mg po daily for 3 months now. Before I started, I was having migraines every month with my menstrual period and also at random times during the month. I was averaging 3 5 migraines a month. The first month on the mag oxide, I had somewhat less frequent headaches. The second month, I had only the one during my menstrual period. The third month I had no migraine at all. That is the first time since 1982 that I have gone a whole month without a migraine!

Wed, 10 Apr 2002 23:01:44 +1200

I have had fibromyalgia for five years, although it was only diagnosed three years ago. Although not common in FMS, One of my debilitating symptoms was severe muscle cramps and muscle twitching in the shoulders, upper and lower arms, hands, chest, lower back and feet. (Oddly, rarely in the calf muscles where most of my friends experienced it from time to time). These cramps were so bad that I could not drive safely.

I read on the net of an English professor who recommended magnesium for FMS. (I cannot recall why). But I gave it a go. Within two weeks my twitching had stopped and after one month I was experiencing no cramps. (Prior to this my medical advisor prescribed quinine and norflex, both of which produced only slight reduction in cramps and no effect on the twitching). It took me one month to raise the dose to 2 grams Mg per day. (to avoid diarrhea).

I have suffered only three cramps in the past year and no twitching at all. I think I am sure that it is the Mg although I have not missed a day taking it to find out if the symptoms return.

Sat, 20 Apr 2002 09:43:17 0600

I'm currently trying Mg to prevent migraines (after a 4 day migraine bout) and it appears to be working.

Tue, 23 Apr 2002 18:22:06 0400

A few months ago, I began having migraines. I had had them in the past, but not often. In four days I had two. The first one sent me to the emergency room, a first for me. I went to a chiropractor, looking for any relief. I also had blood work, because I thought my hormone therapy was no longer working. I take estrogen. The doctor recommended a hair analysis. It came back to say my magnesium level was low. In the mean time, my physician told me my body was no longer absorbing the estrogen. Well, I began taking magnesium, and you would not believe the difference it has made. I no longer have headaches, and I feel better than I have felt in a long time. I have headaches a lot, I always have, but I can truthfully say, I haven't had a headache in a long time. I feel like a new person.

Sun, 28 Apr 2002 14:45:59 0400

I suffered from migraine since 1965.I also developed, over the years, severe muscle cramps in my legs at night and spasms in my upper back around the shoulder blades. I began a regimen about two years ago, of calcium and magnesium to treat the cramps and had immediate relief. I have continued this treatment and discovered that the migraines have just about disappeared also. The upper back problems remain however.

Wed, 8 May 2002 20:15:19 EDT

I am a 29 year old mother of two young children. With each child my health worsened. I went to my physician in October of last year because ongoing fatigue and memory loss. I had begun to sleep for more and more hours per day. In addition I experienced headaches, bouts of confusion, agitation, mood swings, and worsening PMS symptoms. In addition I began to experience heart palpitations and breathlessness. I began having flashes of heat and cold. My feet and legs would sometimes tingle and go to sleep.

After 9 months of varied and sometimes painful treatment which included a sleep study, a daytime sleep study, an echocardiogram, nuclear stress test, cardiac catheterization, electrophysiology study, several EKGs, Holter monitor... even a heart monitor I wore for a month. I tried exercise..not exercising, I tried everything they told me to do..including taking various medicines for clearing my nasal pasages..slowing my heart down..speeding my heart up..etc etc. They told me I had coronary artery disease. They told me I had leaky heart valves. They told me that I had sleep apnea. Then they weren't sure what I had. They wanted me using all kinds of gadgets and machines.

After a few months of useless treatments and worsening health, after many thousands of dollars spent I gave up. I stopped returning my doctor's phone calls and just suffered. One sleepless night I got online in frustration and typed in every symptom I was feeling. Other people were experiencing what I was going through and medical community wasn't helping. Someone suggested I began writing down all my symptoms.

After three months of exhaustive charting and researching, I noticed a pattern. My symptoms worsened during ovulation and premenstrually. I began researching natural remedies for PMS.This is where I began to hear magnesium mentioned. I didn't know what it was and what it did for my body. I researched more. I was overwhelmed. Most everything they were describing as magnesium deficiency was happening to me.

After much research and talking to many people online about the pros and cons. I made what I felt was an educated decision. I immediately went out and bought a 4 dollar bottle of magnesium and a 5 dollar bottle of vitamin B6. I also bought a bottle of vitamin E. The first day I took the magnesium I was in pain. I was craving chocolate very severely. I was having mood swings and uncontrollable irritability. Moodiness. I was unable to concentrate or think about even the smallest things.

The first night I took the magnesium, the first thing I notice was that I slept. I slept well. For the first time in years, I also dreamed. To me this meant I was finally reaching a deep sleep that seemed to elude me for so long. I woke feeling refreshed. Over the next few days the change in my entire well being was unbelievable.

I began to sleep better. The fatigue disappeared. The chocolate cravings vanished. My energy levels went up. I got stronger and stronger every single day. It's been several weeks now..and I have yet to experience ANY more major problems. No more heart palpitations, no more mood swings, no more headaches, no more debilitating fatigue.

I contribute my magnesium deficiency to a diet low in magnesium rich foods AND high in vitamin D found in milk. I have also learned that period of high stress and use of diuretics can further deplete magnesium levels. I am learning more and more about magnesium and other vitamins everyday. I am constantly surprised at why doctors did not look at more simple options or at least inform me about them before embarking on 10, 000 dollar procedures.

I am working to eat more magnesium rich food so that I can reduce supplement use. It feels good to take control of my own medical situation.

Thu, 9 May 2002 21:57:11 EDT

I have used magnesium and have benefited from it. For the past year, I have been taking 600mg magnesium oxide daily with other vitamins/minerals. I have suffered from migraines for fifteen years. I attribute the magnesium, malic acid and feverfew as lessening my migraine frequency and pain. I believe my body was craving magnesium as I tended to want to eat magnesium rich foods such as almonds.

Thanks for the article as it made a difference in my life! When I read it a year ago, I tried by increasing my magnesium levels to the point of its being a laxative, then cut back to an amount my body could handle.

Sun, 19 May 2002 09:10:01 1000

I was suffering from migraines everyday until my MD told me about Magnesium citrate 500mg everyday. I have not one since. It's been a week.

Fri, 24 May 2002 09:14:30 EDT

The product that I am using can be found on this web site: http://www.NaturalCalm.netThe product does everything that it says it does! It is an outstanding product!!!

Tue, 4 Jun 2002 02:59:56 EDT

Ich nehme jeden Abend 3 Filmtabletten Magnesium, da ich Diabetes 1 habe und irgendwann herausfand, das die nächtlichen Wadenkrämpfe damit zu tun haben. Wenn ich die Magnesum Tabletten nehme bin ich auf der sicheren Seite. Ganz selten muss ich nachts noch eine Tablette zusätzlich nehmen.

[I take 3 capsules of magnesium each evening, since I have diabetes type 1 and have nocturnal calf cramps. If I take the magnesium tablets, I am safe. Rarely, I must take another tablet at night in addition.]

Sat, 8 Jun 2002 04:54:58 0700

I would like you to know about my experience. I have had migraines since I was a small child. I started taking calcium, and was told by the natural food expert that I should take magnesium with it because calcium makes the heart beat faster. Once I got on the magnesium I started feeling better all around, and stopped taking calcium-bad, but I did. I have been on magnesium for 7 yrs I didn't notice it at first, but after a while I started looking back over this time and realized that my headaches were less and now I seldom get a headache.

Thu, 20 Jun 2002 20:05:03 0400

Gidday, Your page is educational! You asked for stories etc, so I have one for you. I am also a Registered Nurse, & understand the importance of electrolytes in our diets etc.

I have recently been diagnosed with CVIDS, in which my immune system does not work properly and I get infections easily. Over the past few years, I have noticed that when they draw blood, I have been found to have a very low K+ level, Ca+, and a low RBC & Hgb. This is something that is always there.

Once my PCP called me on the phone and had me admitted for hypokalemia (critical low).Last month, I had a bowel obstruction and another physician (surgeon who is a friend of mine) admitted me to do a lab. He drew labs, and I was given 8 K+ pills, 2 hours apart, and the blood draws still revealed it was low. They then gave me 8 bags of K+, and once again, still low. No one could figure this out as I was not having diarrhea, or anything that normally causes this condition.

Another physician (who was on call) decided to check my Mg+ level. It was also very low! He gave me a bag of Mg+, and my K+ finally went up, along with my Ca+.

I have also found (I am paying attention to my labs and have been wondering if there is a connection with receiving my Polygam every month).Prior to my tx, all the labs are out of whack (as above), but after the tx they seem to right themselves. If the K+, & Ca+ is low, then Mg+ tends to correct all of them.

Thu, 27 Jun 2002 01:34:09 EDT

In November, 2001, I began to experience almost constant PVCs in my heart. They immediately discovered that my magnesium was low. My doctor blamed my 4th baby, then 9.5 months old, and my nursing her on my magnesium depletion. It took 6 months at 1000 2000 mg. of magnesium a day to get my blood levels back to normal and the PVCs to stop. Now I found out that I have lost 1.5 inches in my height and we're looking at a possibility of osteoporosis due to a low magnesium levels for up to 5+ years.(I believe I also had PVCs during my third pregnancy.) All of this and I am only 31 years old and love milk. I don't want other young moms to go through what I am going through.

Mon, 8 Jul 2002 18:58:16 0700

Just thought I'd write and share with you a rave testimonial on how I cured my migraines! (since you asked)

For about 4 6 years (give or take), I have suffered from headaches which got progressively worse. (or at least they started off as headaches, until they progressed to migraines).This last couple years they became more and more frequent and severe. Tylenol, aspirin or ibuprofen wouldn't even phase them. I found fresh ginger (added to boiling water) would help to alleviate some of the nausea, but not the migraine itself.

The pain just wouldn't go away, and it would be so severe that I couldn't do *anything* but lay down and try to cope the best I could with the pain. No reading, no TV, no nothing...and they would last for 2 3 days on average. I tried some over the counter "MigraDefense" capsules by KAL phooey! They helped to trade my migraines for irregular heartbeats.....scary!!!!

The migraines finally progressed to the point where I knew I had to see a doc. Before I did, though...I just happened to stop by a local health food store (the same one where I got the migraine relief capsules that were no good).I got to talking with the store owner and he told me about magnesium deficiency being one major cause of migraines. So I bought the Magnesium 500mg with vitamin B 6 by Natures Life, and took it home. "How could something so simple really help THIS?" I thought. But sure enough, to my *amazement*, it HAS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I take about 1 every couple days, and so far so good!! No more migraines!!

It is my sincere hope that if there are any other migraine sufferers out there that they read this and give it a try. I can't begin to tell you how relieved I've been not to have to suffer through those nasty migraine bouts.

Sat, 20 Jul 2002 13:38:43 0700

I have Hemi Plegic Migraine Syndrome, and my neurologist put me on magnesium/zinc, with calcium, in conjunction with Neurontin and Paxil to prevent migraine, as this type put me at high risk for stroke.

Sat, 20 Jul 2002 20:02:32 0700

I would like to thank you again for all the work you have done and still do for all of us that have sicknesses!

So much good has happened since I last wrote you......

My doctor found out that I have a very serious deficiency in magnesium! I had critical levels.....Many .3 and .6 levels. I was told 1.3-1.9 is normal. He told me I could die with these levels. I've been sick 40 yrs. with this. Bedridden for 20 of those 40. Main problems severe energy loss and severe muscle weakness. Also severe nausea.

I now am feeling like I felt when I was 18, when it all started. I am now 56. I feel that all of the hundred doctors I went to including Mayo Clinic and Johns Hopkins failed me. I think I should sue the AMA. They conveniently said I was manic/depressive!

I knew all those years I was deathly sick physically and that I did get depressed over the sever physical illness that would never stop for all those years. I certainly feel that the medical community stole my life from me!

I now have no severe quick (every 2 weeks!) cycling going on! It is miraculous what a normal level can do to some functions of my body! I am a teacher and researched this sickness 40 years. I guess I was not smart enough to catch it but [neither] were the doctors.

Now that I am cured, I can see how my sleep is great now, also energy and strength and also just an overall feeling of health!

This is truly a case for the books!

My migraines are gone also!

I am at 1.5 now and may go higher. I take a 90MCQ IV everyday that takes 4-5 hrs. Also Sat and Sun. Liquid and pills did not help. My endrocrinologist took 3 years to get to this point! What took him soooooo long? He is supposed to be a world-renowned endrocrinologist?

Wed, 24 Jul 2002 23:12:11 0700

Last year I realized that my pH balance was really off. I started taking buffer pH in large doses, then added pancreatic enzyme which helped for awhile. I then added liver enzyme which began to give me liver spots so I stopped taking that. Then I read somewhere, maybe in my medical books (I'm studying to be a ND physician) that magnesium helps to regulate the pH of the body. After taking magnesium for two days, I noticed a marked change in my pH balance. (By using litmus paper) Just with using the buffer pH in large quantities started to do some things I didn't expect.

All the fibrosity in my right breast began to disappear. Even the calcification disappeared. My surgeon asked me what I was doing. Now, after taking magnesium for several months, my energy is very high, my pH is balanced, all fibrosity is gone out of my right breast. I am having a panel done this Friday to show my hormone levels and thyroid levels as I believe I am at the stage where my body is beginning to regulate these also. I have written a brochure to teach and reach people on the real need for magnesium. I am adding information on my websites and I will incorporate a link to your website as well. It is so crucial to reach as many people as possible.... so count me in.

Mon, 5 Aug 2002 07:13:38 0400

I am a veterinarian and nutrition consultant. I use magnesium supplementation extensively for a variety of problems in horses from insulin resistance to muscular and nervous disorders and have done so for at least the last 20 years with remarkable success (but that's another story!).

I cannot, of course, prescribe for humans but have from time to time had clients mention health problems in their families or friends, at which point I will refer them to informative web sites and research papers of interest. Within the last six months have had two clients with young women (ages 19 and 24) in their families suffering from severe, refractory (to medication) status migraine of sufficient intensity to warrant CAT scans. One was of 8 days duration, one several weeks (symptomatically a basilar artery type).

The 8 day long migraine responded within 24 hours to stopping all medications and beginning magnesium supplementation; the other within 48 hours. Both girls are now migraine free on magnesium maintenance therapy.

We also have migraine in our family. My own 17 year old daughter had regular migraines, occasionally quite severe, but these have disappeared completely since she started magnesium supplementation for another problem (PMS).

Mon, 05 Aug 2002 20:37:28 0400

I first started taking a magnesium supplement and vitamin B6 in 1965 as part of a study to see if it would inhibit the formation of calcium oxalate kidney stones. It did, and because you never forget the pain of passing a stone, I've been taking it ever since. No stones except for a few periods that, for one reason or another, I messed up on taking it regularly.

When I got on the Internet, I found out that magnesium also helps to prevent a lot of other things. A lot of things that I don't have even though I've been very overweight most all of my adult life. I'm now 68, weigh 240 lbs, but most of my life was closer to 300. Blood pressure and diabetes are under control and no problems with cholesterol or triglycerides. Doctors, several times, have told me that I have no circulation problems. Also, I have no problem with arthritis.

In the early 60's, I used to have horrible headaches. Now, I can't remember when the last time was that I took a painkiller for a bad headache.

I sometimes have the thought that had I not taken magnesium and vitamin B6 all these years, that I might not be alive today.

Thu, 8 Aug 2002 10:28:14 0700

I have been taking about 500 mg of magnesium daily for about 10 years now. It is the one supplement that I swear by. Here's my story:

I often got migraines at a rate of about once a month, starting at puberty. When I turned 35, I had to have a complete hysterectomy due to endometriosis, and afterward began hormone replacement therapy. Migraines suddenly became a weekly event, sometimes lasting for 2 or more days. My job was suffering, my sanity was suffering. The medical community offered pain killers, but that didn't make me well merely less pained.

My Dr. suggested that it was the hormone tablets, and that we should discontinue them. But I already knew that I didn't want the hot flashes, dry papery skin and lack of libido that I felt with no hormones. And I knew that the level of hormone was much less than I had when I actually had my ovaries, so I decided to do more research. Luckily, this hormone/headache clue was important to actually finding the answer.

I read a book from Rodale Press, From A to Zinc: A Guide to Vitamins and Minerals, which I believe is no longer in print. It covered Dr. Altura's research into magnesium, and briefly mentioned migraine and hormones in the same paragraph. I knew I had softened water at home and at work, and I had recently lost weight on a very low fat diet. I charted my food for a week, and saw that I averaged only 150mg magnesium daily. I was deficient.

It was enough for me to decide to try a test.

I began taking 500 mg daily and charted my headaches. I could see that each headache's duration was less than the previous one, and the time between started to lengthen. 30 days after starting, the headaches stopped. I stopped taking the magnesium and 3 days later, BAM, a headache! I treated it with about 1500 mg divided through the day, and it calmed down. I tried dropping my daily dosage to 250 (because the US RDA was only 300 for women and I was getting 150 in my diet), but I get headaches at that level. I believe the RDA value was far too low.

I tell anyone and everyone who will listen about this because I believe no one should suffer with migraine if they don't have to.

In 1996, my husband had a heart attack, and had angina afterward which he treated with nitroglycerin. I convinced him to also take magnesium. He no longer even has nitroglycerin tablets in the house.

It is a major blessing to have this inexpensive solution and the knowledge to use it.

Pass it on,

Fri, 9 Aug 2002 07:58:45 0400

I have used Mg to fight some of the fibromyalgia symptoms and restore my sleep. It had a very dramatic effect. It also has calmed my nerves. The effect has been so dramatic that I now believe that the fibromyalgia was caused by stress to my body coupled with a lack of magnesium. I am a male, fifty years old and tend to eat a high calcium diet.

Thu, 22 Aug 2002 20:18:02 0700

Yes, magnesium is one of the things that I have to do to prevent migraines. Other triggers are eating certain foods: onion, ham, citrus, banana. I also must drink plenty of water, get plenty of exercise, and take Verapamil.

Tue, 27 Aug 2002 15:58:15 0400

I am 49 year old woman and I can swear by magnesium. I have had migraines for about thirty years now. I have every shot and medication the neurologist and medical doctor could prescribe. I had read somewhere over the Internet about magnesium and started taking it. I take about 250 mg. a day. I find if I take more than that I will have some loose bowels. I rarely have a migraine and if I do, they are not very severe.

My son who is 19 years of age and is currently serving in the US Army. He has just been diagnosed with severe migraines caused from stress. I plan to go out tonight and ship him a bottle of magnesium. I will also include the letters from your site expressing what magnesium has done for them.

Wed, 28 Aug 2002 11:14:50 0600

This weekend while on a business trip, my husband (who also has migraines) was talking with another gentleman about his recent problems with migraine headaches. He had lost several days at work and someone suggested he try using magnesium to help with the headaches. He said he had been taking magnesium pills for three weeks and had not had a migraine since he started. About three hours later during a work seminar, my husband started seeing his "aura" and it was going to be a bad one. The friend had some magnesium capsules in his vehicle and gave one to my husband. After taking a pill and about 2 hours later, to his surprise, the migraine never formed. He had a slight headache in the base of his neck but nothing in comparison to his usual migraines.

After the work seminar was over, he came back to the motel and was explaining what had happened, He was in utter disbelief, in all his life he had never had a migraine quit once he had seen his aura.

I also suffer from migraines but have the additional joy of having cluster headaches too. I recently had started one of my cycles with the clusters and was taking several prescription drugs daily combined with extra strength Tylenol. I took one of the magnesium pills that night and within an hour or two the headache had dulled tremendously. I have taken 500 mg a day since then and have not had a cluster or migraine since. Its only been about 6 days, and there is still a slight headache occasionally, but compared to what my headaches usually are, these are a piece of cake.

Thu, 29 Aug 2002 11:13:14 0400

Yes, I used to suffer from severe migraines and my doctor prescribed Imitrex shots. I was also suffering from restless leg syndrome and was talking to my chiropractor about it and he suggested adding magnesium to my diet. He explained that magnesium in tablets take about 6 weeks to get into the blood stream in amounts that would show improvement, so I went on a search for a liquid that would enter the cell much faster and I found one from a company called Young Living Essential Oils. They have a product called Mineral Essence which has 60 trace minerals along with magnesium. I have not had a migraine or restless leg syndrome since the 3rd day of taking the Mineral Essence and that was in June 1999. I had been suffering for about 5 years. I truly believe I had a magnesium deficiency and am glad I found Young Living.

Fri, 30 Aug 2002 15:12:09 +1200

My daughter has suffered form migraines since she was a toddler and probably before she could tell us what the problem was. We thought she had a stomach problem when she was younger. We went through years of hearing that there was not much that we could do for a child unless we put her on daily medication. I didn't like that idea unless there were no other options. I finally went to a acupuncturist / natural therapist who put her onto 3 half tablets of magnesium a day. It was miraculous. My daughter, now six, has gone from having severe fortnightly migraines/vomiting etc to only the very occasional headache that has only developed to a migraine once in 6 months and that was probably due to the fact that I had been a bit lax on giving her magnesium that week. We also noticed she was a lot calmer while taking magnesium. She tended to get very excited or the other extreme of overly anxious. We have found magnesium to be fantastic even if our G.P smiled and said "Well, I guess if you think it is helping, that's good." I could tell she was not convinced. I have started having headaches myself now and think I will also give it a go.

Date: Sat, 7 Sep 2002 19:32:56 EDT

For some time I've been drinking a Mg-bicarbonate water that I make very inexpensively from Milk of Magnesia (magnesium hydroxide) and seltzer water (CO2 water). It has (by math) ~84 mg Mg and ~422 mg bicarbonate per liter and tastes great. The downside is that this water has no other minerals, but I do take a multi-mineral tablet. Here's the recipe:

The equation Mg(OH)2 + (CO2)2 = Mg(HCO3)2 is interesting, because Mg(OH)2 is magnesium hydroxide, as in milk of magnesia (MoM), and CO2 is the fizz in carbonated (seltzer) water. Combining them produces Mg(HCO3)2 (magnesium-bicarbonate), as in ... and Adobe Springs ("Noah's") water. Be sure to get the MoM in which the "active ingredient" is Magnesium-hydroxide and nothing else, and the "inactive ingredient" is purified water and nothing else. You'll see on the label that one teaspoon of MoM = 400 mg of Mg-hydroxide. 42 % of Mg-hydroxide is Mg, which equals 168 mg of Mg per teaspoon. Chill for an hour or two in the refrigerator a 1 liter bottle of seltzer water (not soda water), which consists of water and CO2 only. Open it, and when the fizzing settles down, spoon in 2 tablespoons (6 teaspoons) of milk of magnesia, put the cap back on, shake gently every few minutes and watch the cloudiness disappear as the Mg-hydroxide reacts with the CO2 and becomes Mg-bicarbonate. This 1 liter (approximately 1 quart) will have ~1,008 mg of magnesium + ~5,061 mg of bicarbonate.

Summary: 1 liter seltzer water + 2 tablespoons (6 teaspoons) milk of magnesia = ~1,008 mg of magnesium + ~5,061 mg of bicarbonate per liter (~ 1 quart). You should dilute this, 1 part Mg bicarbonate water with 11 parts regular water, so 1 liter of the concentrated will yield 12 liters (about 3 gallons) of drinkable water with ~84 mg Mg and ~422 mg bicarbonate per liter, close to Adobe Springs water, below, for Mg and bicarbonate, and probably for pH also: Adobe Springs ("Noah's") magnesium and bicarbonate rich spring water is from some mountains in California - see adobe.shtml Adobe Springs water has 120 mg Mg and 410 mg bicarbonate per liter, with a pH of 8.3, according to their web-site.

Here's the easy way to get the drinkable water from the concentrate:

After you've made the 1 liter (1,000 ml) concentrate, measure out 1/3 of it (333 ml) in a measuring cup. Pour it into a 1 gallon bottle and fill with regular water. I'm already drinking it, and it tastes pretty good!

2 tablespoons (6 teaspoons) of MoM per one liter of seltzer water seems to be the correct amount- it all reacted with all of the CO2 (no MoM residue and no apparent fizzing, even when shaking the bottle). My cost is $ 0.81 per gallon using reverse osmosis water from the machine at the local market @ 39 cents per gallon. Using tap water it would be 42 cents per gallon. Cheap!

My cost: MoM, $4.29 for 71 tsp = $ 0.36 for 6 tsp.
Seltzer water ----------------$ 0.89 for 1 liter
RO water ---------------------$ 1.17 for 3 gallons
Total -------------------------- $ 2.42 for 3 gallons, or $ 0.81 per gallon.

Wed, 11 Sep 2002 00:04:58 +0000

I started having chronic migraine headaches in 1993.For the next three years I saw every type of doctor that deals with migraine suffers. I had more tests than I care to remember. Sometime in 1996 a doctor tried to put me on anti depressants when I was not depressed.(Which is pretty amazing considering I had some level of pain 3 to 5 days a week.) After that I started trying vitamins and herbs and read everything I could find. Nothing helped, but I never gave up. I can think of dozens of things I avoided because those variables did increase frequency and intensity (Allergies, alcohol, cold hands/feet, stress, chewing hard foods, bright light, over exercising...). Avoidance tactics did bring the frequency down to 1 to 3 days a week.(Yeah!)

I know this seems early but, I started taking magnesium 8 days ago and I have not had a single headache. Even narcotics never gave me this kind of relief for this long. I have not been avoiding the things that bring on the headaches either, and I think I am about to start living again.: )

Mon, 16 Sep 2002 23:26:24 EDT

I was diagnosed with migraine headaches about 12 years ago and averaged about 6 episodes monthly. I have oxycodone on hand for the really bad headaches, but have never taken any "preventive" medications. In January of this year, I began taking 500 mg of magnesium daily, and in a few months, my migraines were reduced to 2 3 per month. I have never experienced any side effects from this over the counter medication and it's very reasonably priced. Magnesium has made all the difference in the world to me and I would highly recommend that migraine sufferers give it a try.

Tue, 24 Sep 2002 13:45:34 EDT

I had never heard that magnesium would help migraines. After taking magnesium for three weeks I realized I had not had a headache in that period. I had been plagued with migraines for over 40 years! Now I have had only two in the six months I have been taking magnesium supplements, and they were not as bad as before. I call magnesium my wonder drug.

Fri, 27 Sep 2002 15:03:38 +0530

The role of calcium and magnesium together is very interesting. I took an ayurvedic medicine containing both magnesium and calcium, on prescription, and recovered within a few days from headache.

Tue, 1 Oct 2002 16:58:36 0700 (PDT)

I started using a calcium/magnesium powder supplement last August in the hopes that it would help me sleep better. I have not had a migraine since and have barely had a headache at all. I used to often wake up with some degree of headache pain but not since using the supplement. I can't believe the difference. Are doctors aware of this?

Thu, 3 Oct 2002 10:49:43 EDT

I have diagnoses of FMS and CFIDS. I live on a farm with my own hard water well and never suspected I could be Mg deficient.

After two docs recommended Mg, I tried numerous brands and types in tabs and caps and experienced little change. However, thanks to a 25 year old book by an MD who recommends liquid Mg, plus two infomercials also touting the liquid form, I began to take Milk of Magnesia....... yes, the $3.00/24oz. of brand plain old Mg hydroxide. What a difference...... finally some real relief from muscles spasms so severe they pulled the vertebrae out of alignment plus many other pain relief issues.

Thu, 31 Oct 2002 21:01:09 +0000

I just had to write to you to tell you how wonderful I feel after taking 'Magnesium'. I feel as if I have had a new lease on life, I can't believe how good it is.

I had 'restless legs' and had heard that it was good, but I didn't know how good, I also had to wear 'insoles' in my shoes as I was told that the arches in my feet as dropped, and you wouldn't believe the pains that I got in my feet, ankles, heels, cramp in my legs all the time, I couldn't walk far without getting tired and pains in my legs I thought that it was because I stood up all day.

Its the most 'magic mineral' and I'm surprised that I managed without it so long, 'Thank god' for the knowledge that a P.C. brings. My general health is much better now, I get a good night's sleep, and at 62 still do two jobs, and a good social life and everyone tells me that I look younger and well.

I could go on a lot longer about the wonders of 'Magnesium' and have got quite a lot of people using it with good results.

Sun, 17 Nov 2002 15:46:17 -0800

My wife developed a calcium deposit in her eyelid. We took Calcium tablets from GNC, don't remember which ones, however she developed this irritating deposit in her eyelid. I read where Magnesium would work to remove the deposit. After taking magnesium for a week or so, it wasn't bothering her anymore. Been gone for several months now...

Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 14:09:06 +0800

After 4 or 5 years of almost daily migraines, which often confined me to bed, a doctor recently prescribed myoplex containing 250mg of magnesium chelate (equiv. to 50mg of elemental mg)..Myoplex also contains equiv. to 25 mg of elemental calcium and 100mg of passion flower and 50mg valerian. It is 3 weeks since my last headache, the longest headache free period in 5 years.

Date: Sun, 17 Nov 2002 18:49:28 -0500

My wife developed a calcium deposit in her eyelid. We took Calcium tablets from GNC, don't remember which ones, however she developed this irritating deposit in her eyelid. I read where Magnesium would work to remove the deposit. After taking magnesium for a week or so, it wasn't bothering her anymore. Been gone for several months now...

Date: Tue, 26 Nov 2002 14:09:06 +0800

After 4 or 5 years of almost daily migraines, which often confined me to bed, a doctor recently prescribed myoplex containing 250mg of magnesium chelate (equiv. to 50mg of elemental mg)..Myoplex also contains equiv. to 25 mg of elemental calcium and 100mg of passion flower and 50mg valerian. It is 3 weeks since my last headache, the longest headache free period in 5 years.

Date: Sat, 30 Nov 2002 09:02:03 +1100

Dear Sir/Mdm I would like to begin precautionary treatment of oestoarthritis with the addition of magnesium bicarbonate to water. Could you inform me if this is practical and a readily available source of MB

Date: Sat, 7 Dec 2002 12:50:57 EST

By taking a calcium and magnesium supplement (1/2 tab daily of Solgar's 'Calcium Magnesium Plus Boron') I have normalized my previous borderline hypertension and greatly reduced my PVC and occasional SVT episodes. Additionally, I seem to sleep more soundly and have less anxiety.

Occasionally, I will stop taking the supplement to see whether or not my symptoms return. Within a few days the symptoms begin to reoccur, and within a week or two they fully manifest.

There is no doubt that taking a calcium and magnesium supplement has improved the quality of my life.

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