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Wed, 24 Feb 1999 10:22:15 0800

I have just begun to take extra magnesium (250 500 mgs a day in a Krebs Magnesium/Potassium Chelate tablet). I believe I have some of the symptoms of fibromyalgia (muscle pain and stiffness, especially in thighs and legs after rigorous exercise, even when in shape...deep all body ache, like the flu during many days). I read about the efficaciousness of magnesium for some fibromyalgia sufferers and was surprised to see it was related to possible sleep disorder. This rang a bell, for I don't feel refreshed when I wake up, indeed feel I've been hit by a train, and I do not think I sleep deeply. I have taken the added magnesium for only two days but the beneficial results have been immediate. My body does not have as pronounced a full body ache, my legs are much less stiff, they even feel loose and relaxed and pain free at times, a big difference, and the most amazing aspect of this all is that I have had two wonderful nights of sleep. I actually have slept more deeply and have felt refreshed in the morning so far. That is not something I ever knew existed. (Somewhat like people who say they never knew they could feel as good as they find they do after taking Prozac.) A born skeptic, I do not know if these effects will continue, but so far I am excited about the rather dramatic changes. I feel more clear headed and mentally and physically relaxed as well. [I'm a] 46 year old active male. Being a middle aged male, I am obviously interested in the cardiac benefits of magnesium, as well.

Wed, 24 Feb 1999 19:15:55 0600

I have benign premature ventricular contractions and have begun taking the chelated form of magnesium supplements. It usually helps but not always.

Fri, 26 Feb 1999 22:14:08 0500

I am very excited to see the great work you are doing in the promotion of magnesium, and the great information you are supplying. I have used magnesium in our dental practice for over thirty years and have seen hundreds of exciting healings and benefits. One thing you might find interesting is the balance we have found between calcium and magnesium. We found back in 1975 in our holistic health clinic that if you took too much magnesium, you would tend to get calcium deficiency symptoms and if you took too much calcium, you would tend to get magnesium deficiency symptoms. So we have designed and used for quite a while now, a questionnaire with over forty different symptoms of magnesium deficiency and also symptoms of calcium deficiency, which we use to help the patient find the right balance of magnesium and calcium to take for their particular need. We also have an audio tape that tells them exactly how to use the form. We found that most people usually don't resolve a magnesium deficiency problem when they take the usual two part calcium, one part magnesium supplement. Most people need more magnesium than calcium, some all magnesium and no calcium(especially the milk and cheese users), and some few need high calcium(6 parts) to low magnesium(1 part). These are usually the poor calcium absorbers and the people who eat very little refined food. I and my family have this tendency which seems to be more common in the type O blood type. When the patient reaches the correct balance for them, they notice that the symptoms diminish or disappear on the calcium magnesium form.

Keep up the great work, and may the Lord bless you in what you are doing.

Sat, 27 Feb 1999 10:15:12 0500

My daughter has been diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome and fibromyalgia. The rheumatologist who saw her recommended that she take magnesium to help her muscles more efficiently use energy.

Sun, 28 Feb 1999 20:26:08 0500

Researching on the net about Mg deficiencies a few months ago, I read an article about the relationship between magnesium deficiencies and muscular pain. The cause was namely depletion of magnesium by ingredients in sodas. For the past 5 years I have been suffering of symptoms very similar to fibromyalgia, aching muscles, and very intense migraine like headaches. I have tried many over the counter and prescription pain killers and anti inflammatories. Until, a few months ago, I started taking multivitamins, 250 mg. vitamin C, and supplemental magnesium calcium zinc; and quit drinking sodas. I still daily do moderate exercise, 3 lb dumbbells with repetition to increase the blood circulation of my muscles. After the first 2 agonizing weeks, I noticed something; I have some days with no pain. I increased the amount of water and juices drink. I have found that I am feeling better from allergic rhinitis, and get less congested at nighttime. Whenever headaches come by they are less severe and last for hours, not days like before. I am still trying to find out about aura. Whenever the barometric pressure drops, I feel an onset of pain starting to occur. Is this common with other people? I can predict stormy weather by about 16 hours!!! But it hurts like hell.

Tue, 2 Mar 1999 20:25:50 +0000

I have found and visited the Magnesium Web Site as I was trying to get some information on spasmophilia and its treatment. The reason that motivated this research is the following: I am a French student, currently studying in the UK (and writing up my Ph.D. thesis). Years ago, when I was still living in France I was diagnosed with spasmophilia and given a treatment of Calcibronate (a calcium and magnesium supplement). I was also advised to drink a mineral water rich in magnesium. Soon after moving to the UK, I consulted my English doctor (GP) for what I thought was spasmophilia, striking again. I explained my symptoms and previous treatments I had. To my surprise, I was told that there was no such thing as spasmophilia, and furthermore, that a medication based on a magnesium and calcium supplement was a "joke". I was sent back home. I did try to speak to another doctor, but without any understanding. Consequently, I have tried self medication; whenever I feel that my symptoms are coming back, I try to increase my food and water intake of magnesium and calcium and sometimes also take some minerals and food supplement tablets. Recently, my symptoms have been more pronounced and very uncomfortable, and I am thinking of going back to my doctor, this time armed with the reference of your web site.

Sun, 7 Mar 1999 19:35:23 0000

I started taking magnesium about 10 days ago for my migraine headaches. I was feeling terrible and didn't know what to try next. I started with magnesium, feverfew & vitamin B2 and have felt GREAT for a week. I don't know what, but something is working. I searched the web for what to take figuring it couldn't hurt at this point. Something is working...but I don't know which.

Sun, 7 Mar 1999 14:30:33 0600

I came across your excellent website while researching magnesium depletion in collaboration with my physician. I have celiac disease (malabsorption syndrome).Fifteen years ago, I was being treated with infusions and Mg. boluses. I had gall bladder surgery and then was able to use oral supplements (???). Anyhow, a recent bout with an acute G.I. virus landed me in the ER. In addition to a Mg level of 1.4, my potassium was also decreased. I went back to the oral mg., but at the ER physician's advice returned two weeks later to have the levels checked. Both were still low. He ordered 1 gm. Mg. SO4 infusions for 4 consecutive days. The level dipped to 1.1.After many infusions (and a level alternating between 1.1 1.6) the Dr. and nursing staff recommended a LifePort. I had one installed 3 weeks ago. He then raised the I.V. to 3 gm (over a 2 hour period) every 3rd day with a Mg. level checked every Friday. Despite this therapy, my latest level was 1.3; so now the therapy is every other day. The infusions are done in the ER and after reading your web site, I realize with good reason.

Now to the reason for my e mail: Many celiacs are magnesium deficient and are being treated for calcium deficiency instead, because so many physicians are unaware of this deficiency. It makes sense that the magnesium is ill absorbed. Oral supplementation does sometimes work, but in the conundrum is it really being used? I am a support group leader and also a subscriber the Celiac List Serve. When I recently posted a question about magnesium deficiency, I received several responses. Many more people post about conditions that could definitely signal Mg deficiency -- muscle cramping and weakness, and fatigue; but apparently have not had their levels checked.

At any rate, I will be presenting my doctor with information from your site. Many thanks.

Sun, 07 Mar 1999 09:41:41 0800

After reading the info on the effects that magnesium has on one's heart, I started taking magnesium supplements everyday. As a result I no longer have pains in my heart and feel much better. I used to treat this pain with aspirin which was only temporary relief.

Wed, 10 Mar 1999 12:40:05 0500

I take a few crystals of Epsom salts for headaches much of the time. Have been doing this for many years. We also add a calcium, magnesium, zinc tablet to our daily vitamins. When my muscles get weak it's a sign that the magnesium is low, so I just add a little. I used to take homeopathic MagPhos. It was a blessing.

Wed, 10 Mar 1999 20:45:34 0500

I was in a car accident (at age 40) in which our stopped car was struck violently from the rear. The car that struck our car was traveling over 50 mph. I was repeatedly slammed into the headrest (thank God for the headrest or I would have died instantly of a broken neck) and violently flung forward as our car seemed to "fly like a jet" into the parked car about a car length in front of our car. I suffered a concussion which rendered me unconscious for several minutes. About 2 months after the accident I began to have irregular heartbeats and severe heart palpitations. It was found that I had a severe magnesium deficiency that nearly killed me. I began intravenous magnesium treatments and experienced instant relief from these symptoms. I also stopped having muscle stiffness throughout my body. I continue to take magnesium supplements and occasionally have intravenous magnesium treatments. I have not yet been able to get by without daily magnesium supplements. If I do not take magnesium consistently throughout the day I begin to have irregular heartbeats. Also, I still am not able to eat sweets, even fruits, without having stiff muscle symptoms and irregular heartbeat symptoms. Recently I saw some literature on head traumas affecting the processing of magnesium. Since this accident I have had to be very careful to take magnesium throughout the day and avoid even most fruits or limit them severely. Without taking magnesium on a daily basis and without having the intravenous magnesium treatments, I would not be alive today.

Sat, 13 Mar 1999 18:02:37 0500

I have been taking 1500 mg daily to offset my leg cramps. Since I started, my cramps have totally disappeared. My 82 year old mother has suffered for 10 years with leg cramps and has not slept through a single night for that 10 year period. All of her "doctors" ...have doped her up with lots of different chemicals to no avail.

I put my mom on the same regimen and her cramps stopped within 48 hours.

Mon, 15 Mar 1999 21:32:42 0800

I was a chronic cluster headache individual for the last three years. They first appeared in the fall after I turned the age of 24. The headaches started out occurring only about once a week, but after about a year and a half, they would occur like clockwork about once a day. There haven't been too many days in the last year and a half when I didn't get at least one headache per day. The headaches almost always occurred between meals. I had to adjust my eating habits to eat a fairly substantial meal or a large snack every four hours. I could not drink alcohol especially on an empty stomach. If I drank alcohol (even one normal drink), or didn't eat for over four hours, the pain would set in over my right eye. I could feel the demons build up for about twenty minutes then the intense throbbing behind my eye began and the right eye would tear sometimes profusely. My right eye became extremely sensitive to light to the point were I had to be in a dark room or cover it to shield any light from it. The right nostril became immediately congested. The throbbing and pain would continue for about twenty to forty minutes, then faded away rather quickly in about 15 to thirty minutes, depending on the severity of the headache. The headaches would sometimes be tolerable but I looked horrible. Most of the time the headaches (on the 1 10 cluster force scale) would rank in the 4 to 6 range. The right eye was entirely bloodshot. The right eyelid was puffy and droopy. The right temple swollen and puffy. I felt irritable and would shift, rock and cradle my head in various positions to lessen the pain. Sometimes if I was able to eat a bagel, drink a milkshake, drink 1 or 2 quarts of water, or fill my stomach with almost anything, just when I detected a headache, the pain would subside. I started using aspirin, Tylenol, or ibuprofen in the last three months and it would work sometimes, but I didn't like to take any pills or drugs. I found that they would only sometimes work, and sometimes cause even a more severe cluster later on. I tried sleeping 8 to 10 hours a night and that helped lessen the severity, but they would occur almost every day at ten in the morning between breakfast and lunch, at four o'clock between lunch and dinner, and around nine or ten at night. Alcohol, MSG, meat tenderizers, and a few other chemicals (surprisingly not caffeine or nicotine) could trigger them at just about any time. I never once consulted a doctor after I initially did research on clusters. I found that the drugs given to cluster suffers are powerful, toxic and only relieve symptoms, not cure them. I first thought it might be a form of CPH (chronic paroxysmal hemicranina) but I rarely got more than one a day (every day, though). CPH sufferers usually get five or more a day. I wasn't a typical cluster type because of the daily occurrences and normal cluster types usually get them off and on during the year. I then thought it was hypoglycemia because of them occurring between meals, when my blood sugar was supposedly lower than normal. Just recently, I was talking with a another person I knew who is a typical cluster type who gets them once a year for about a month. He mentioned something about calcium and magnesium and how it regulates your blood vessels and circulatory system. I knew I got enough calcium because I drink milk every day and eat dairy products, but I tried to think of what I ate regularly that was rich in magnesium and couldn't think of too many things. I knew peanuts had magnesium in them and because I was eating them for the last week and a half as a good source of slow carbos for my supposed "hypoglycemic" condition. During that week I had headaches, but they were not as severe as normal. Then I did some research on magnesium and clusters on the Internet and found out some very interesting things. A magnesium deficiency can cause hypoglycemia, clusters, fatigue, depression, and muscle spasms (which I get sometimes). I immediately ran to the health food store and bought a magnesium supplement (chelated by Albion) and cashews, broccoli, spinach, peanuts, brown rice, whole grain breads and other magnesium rich foods. The first day I took the supplements (4 100 mg tablets four times a day) I had no headache and no warning signs. no symptoms, no pain, no anything. I felt like a new person, energized, full of life. I think that I will never, ever, ever have one of those demonic, tortuous, suicidal, debilitating headaches ever again. Alcohol doesn't trigger them. Sleep deprivation doesn't trigger them. I can go 8 to 10 hours between meals and not get a headache. It was an amazing day when I learned about the importance of magnesium. It was like a miracle, too good to be true. It really changed my life. I'm not afraid to do something for fear a getting a headache. I know that this email is long but magnesium changed my life. Seriously. I would like to share this knowledge with anyone who can be saved from those damn headaches.

Wed, 17 Mar 1999 16:52:12 0600 (CST)

My mother is currently on magnesium 600 mg daily for migraine prophylaxis.

Fri, 19 Mar 1999 14:22:31 EST

I have used and still using mg to control my heart arrhythmias. This was not a snap judgment on my part. It was used after many other things had failed.

Tue, 23 Mar 1999 07:42:24 0800

I have a chiropractic practice in Northern Michigan and have used Mg+2 for over fifteen years to treat a whole lot of things.

Tue, 23 Mar 1999 22:07:57 EST

I read about the relationship between magnesium and migraines several months ago and have used 250mg every day for the two weeks before my period and have had terrific results.

Wed, 24 Mar 1999 22:19:07 0600 (CST)

I've had migraines for about 13 years now. I've tried everything imaginable to prevent them. At age 25, I'm still in conflict in my life with the occurrences of these migraines. They affect every day life. I now use Imitrex shots once the migraines occur, but am currently taking magnesium supplements. They seem to be helping but I'm not yet certain.

Thu, 25 Mar 1999 11:28:54 0600

I have been using a vitamin program on my 9 year old Tourette Syndrome daughter/ 55 lbs. I have added additional mag. in a chelated 100 mg Solgar tab to her morning routine. The break through tics stopped immediately. In researching the Mg connection with TS I happened upon this web site and was astounded to note the info on Mg and migraines since both myself and my non TS daughter age 12 suffer from them. I have added a cal/mag supplement to my 12 year olds diet. Yesterday, I had the aura which always leads to a migraine. I popped 100 mg of Mg and waited. The headache did not come, although I was wiped out and nauseous.

Sun, 28 Mar 1999 21:01:55 0500

I am a 45 year old male. Although I can not be sure, I do believe that magnesium has improved my migraine headaches very significantly. I have had the headaches for years, However, over the last 12 to 18 months they have become more frequent and have strongly intensified. Certain foods or strenuous physical exercise would bring about the headache every time. I would fight them off with enormous amount of water and aspirin taken before any signs of headache would occur. Imitrex became a blessing from the sky for me (I could not say enough about it).

About 6 weeks ago I started taking magnesium (252 g twice a day). It took a couple of weeks to see any effects, but after that period the frequency and intensity of my headaches subsided significantly. I may be crediting magnesium prematurely, however, 2 weeks ago I went skiing for a week and stopped taking it. Sure enough I ended up with a strong headache. Imitrex to the rescue! (skiing, or doing anything for that matter, after taking the Imitrex is extremely tiring). I am back to my 252's twice a day. I am not experiencing any side effects and I remain impressed by the results. I also take aspirin (325 g 4 to 5 times a week). None of the doctors I visited has ever suggested taking magnesium. I tried it on my own after browsing through several health-related web sites.

Mon, 29 Mar 1999 13:06:13 +1000

Hi, I write to you from Australia in response to your request for information from magnesium users in the treatment of medical conditions. I am a very active 32 year old woman. I have a healthy diet, exercise hard every day as I play representative sport for my country (i.e. touch football a fast 6 a side version of non tackle rugby). To perform at the top levels I do weights, run short distance (approx. 3 kms) and do a lot of sprint work and agility training. With all this exercise, success in my sport, a healthy diet and lifestyle, a happy family life, a flexible yet successful professional life, I should be tired at the end of each day and just go off to sleep at night. As one of seven children, going up my family always referred to me as the "worry wart" or the restless one. Naturally I believed from a young age, that is exactly what I was. Everything pieced together correctly, I do think terribly long about things, I don't sleep very well, and I never slept for more then a few hours at a time, I could never sleep in the day time, so I was always tired, especially when I was in pre competition training. All this exhausting worrying and sleepless has come to stop recently. Why? A fantastic oral supplement I am taking. My partner, a psychologist suggested I take "St. John's wart" (hypericum). However, in his endeavors to find a suitable source or compound, he stumbled across, what he thought could possibly be the perfect solution. I have been taking "Bio Organics Anxiety Eze, Hypericum, Kava kava & Magnesium Complex" for about 12 months, and it is amazing. I didn't want to believe it at first because I thought you should eat healthy, exercise daily, heal from the inside and not use medication -except in "real" medical conditions, not for something as silly as spending most of your life struggling with inadequate sleep.To be honest I am not sure if it is the hypericum or the magnesium or the combination of both. But my sleeping patterns have dramatically improved, my stress levels decreased significantly, my anxiety related to performance is only very mild now (previously it would consume me). All these improvements have gone on during what would normally have be a highly stressful, sleepless time for me of changing jobs, buying and selling property, us taking custody of his 11 year old son, competition sport and the selection process for the national team and most recently, preparing for the world titles. I am sure there are many more uses for Magnesium. I have probably only touched the tip if the iceberg.

Tue, 30 Mar 1999 06:24:05 PST

I have seen definite improvement in just a week or so. My energy level is better, my pain not so intense, and my asthma is improving. I am taking 1 tablet Magnesium Malate daily which consists of 200 mg. magnesium blended with 1,100 mg of I Malate (from malic acid), a product of Nature's Life brand.

Tue, 30 Mar 1999 20:52:07 0500

Since I am a neophyte to the Internet, websites, etc. I don't have a real sense of exactly how to use it or what would be valuable, but I do feel that getting practical information to whoever would be interested in using it, is something I would like to do. I have seen so many patients and friends that we have been able to help, that I know there is a tremendous need. As an example, we have seen quite a few people that have had heart palpitations, gone to the M.D., and had the E.K.G.s, and found nothing, and left very afraid.

We have given them magnesium and told them to take it when the palpitations occur, and, to their delight, the palpitations leave in minutes. Then they are ready to change some things in their diet and lifestyle, because they can see a direct cause and effect. Hopefully, some day soon, the average physician will learn a practical way to use magnesium to free people from so much unnecessary pain and even death.

I know we don't have all the answers, but I do know that a ton of people can be a lot better if they learn how to balance magnesium and calcium in their lives. As you can see, I get carried away about all of this.

Wed, 31 Mar 1999 16:46:34 PST

I suffer from magnesium deficiency. The Dr's found it about 5 years ago. I suffered from heart palpitations since the age of 32. I am now 62 years old. I have been given magnesium IV's, shots and now I am taking magnesium tablets which are called, "MAG GLYCINATE". I take two tablets a day at 1000 Mg each. Even with all this, my magnesium level still remains low, I get no higher than 1.5and I have gone as low as 1.1. I suffer quite often with muscle aches and feeling tired all the time. The Dr's are watching me carefully but they don't know what else to do for me. When they prescribe more tablets per day, then I suffer from diarrhea.

P.S. I forgot to mention that most of my family died of heart attacks at an early age.

Wed, 31 Mar 1999 14:32:15 EST

I suffer from severe headaches at least once a week. I had heard recently that magnesium might help cure them so tried something called "AlkaLime" produced by Young Living Essential Oils. One rounded teaspoon contains: calcium carbonate1550 mg sodium bicarbonate1250 mg magnesium citrate 775 mg citric acid475 mg potassium bicarbonate 324 mg schuesser cell salts(6x) 75 mg sea salt 25 mg proprietary blend of 100% pure grade A Essential Oils which include lemon and Lime25 mg. Since this was the only thing I had with magnesium in it when I got a terrible headache this past Monday, I took it. Within 10 minutes, my headache was gone! This was rather remarkable because I had heretofore relied on painkillers that would sometimes take up to an hour to work and then didn't alleviate the entire ache. I know the other ingredients confuse the issue, but I had never done this before and had such a wonderful result, I thought I'd pass it on.

Fri, 9 Apr 1999 11:32:28 0500

I started taking magnesium supplement last week for a shoulder inflammation that was not staying well after using 800 mg of ibuprofen for various periods of time. Several days later it would flare up again. I fought this pain for almost three years. My doctor said "We all have it; that's just one of those things that comes with older age." Fortunately, a relative, who was a proponent of herbal medicine, suggested I take magnesium. My shoulder is almost well. I have not had this much relief in all that time.

Fri, 9 Apr 1999 14:38:53 EDT

For the past 11 years I have been experiencing migraine headaches every two weeks which have necessitated in my being hospitalized for vertigo and sickness. These last between 2 and [?] days. My medical practitioner could find no trigger for these attacks. It can be another two days before I really recover. My life has been on hold ever since. I avoided MSG and Chinese food because I thought it was an allergy, and although the attacks were not as so severe for a few weeks, they did not stop. Gradually they returned with a vengeance. Recently a friend read an article on magnesium deficiency and gave it to me. Six weeks ago I started to take magnesium supplement tablets. It is now five weeks since my last attack and I am keeping my fingers crossed that I have at last cracked it.

Sun, 11 Apr 1999 15:40:55 +1000

I have a friend who recently gave birth. She is breastfeeding and is suffering from many symptoms associated with magnesium deficiency. She is suffering from: muscle stiffness and neck tension, constipation, cramps and anxiety!!!!!!.

Mon, 12 Apr 1999 09:27:31 0800

Your information about Magnesium is wonderful and helpful.

I have been a narcoleptic for 40 years. The last 30 have been treated with Ritalin. The drug is a difficult drug, but the only alternative. I am a Professional Engineer and have taken the drug therapy for this long because I did not have an alternative.

Three months ago I broke away from use of Ritalin, and have stabilized reasonably well. The only thing I have altered, other than not taking Ritalin, is high dose 300 mg Ca/Mg each day. When I forget to take it I have narco attacks...When I take the high dose B3 and Ca/Mg I do not.

I may be imagining the effect, but what the heck. If I can control narcoleptic attacks by "my desire to be well, " who cares?

I believe Mg/Ca is essential to my leading a reasonably good life, which Ritalin did not allow for 30 years,

PS The Ritalin dose was at the highest 8 / 20 mg L Ritalin and a stable dose of 4/20 mg Ld per day.

Wed, 14 Apr 1999 13:23:51 0400

I suffer from severe Cluster/Migraine headaches and a friend of mine told me I should try magnesium tablets because he had seen a special report on how they might help me. So I ran out and bought a bottle of magnesium tablets 250 mg. I truly think that it is helping me because I have been doing so much better since I started them.

Sat, 17 Apr 1999 04:12:29 0500

Although, I am still afflicted by the body pain and exhaustion associated with fibromyalgia, my migraine headaches are reduced in frequency, and I am sleeping more restfully. In fact, no other action has helped me as dramatically as the simple addition of magnesium supplements to my diet.

(I was shown by a blood test to be magnesium deficient. By that time, I was so crippled by muscle cramps, hyperirritability, nervousness and other unpleasant symptoms that I was debilitated).

My first mega dose of magnesium was so soothing, that I remember feeling as though a pitcher of sweet, warm honey was being poured over my tattered nerve endings.

Sat, 17 Apr 1999 14:54:34 0000

I went to several doctors over a period of years to try and get relief for my terrible headaches. Iin desperation, I went into a health food store at our local mall. The clerk recommended "calcium plus" which has zinc and magnesium in it. My headache was gone by the time the weekend was over!!! I took 3 tablets a day and never suffered from the headaches again. My druggist suggested that I needed the zinc and magnesium. My doctor scoffed at the idea, but I continued with the pills!! Several of my friends, who also suffered from headaches also, received almost immediate relief.

I am a firm believer in this form of prevention and treatment.

Sat, 17 Apr 1999 01:52:51 0400

I have used magnesium for muscle tension and it seems to be working.

Mon, 19 Apr 1999 08:34:08 0700

I found 500mg took my headache away and gave me a soft cottony relief (better than aspirin which sometimes gave me a rebound headache). Magnesium loss due to caffeine consumption is the trigger to some migraines. When getting off coffee in order to avoid the big headache, magnesium helped. Also discovered, after hysterectomy, that the estrogen patch caused the water retention at an intracellular level by retaining water and sodium and pushing out magnesium and potassium, so I quit the estrogen and took magnesium and potassium to equalize me. Wish I had known this for PMS. Look at Rejuvex for menopausal women; it is high in magnesium too.

Tue, 20 Apr 1999 14:29:04 0400

I have migraines and supplementing with magnesium as we speak.

Wed, 21 Apr 1999 16:45:05 +0200

I would like to tell you that I'm using magnesium in [powdered] form and mix it with water. I had a kind of heart problem with fast heart beating and irregular beating so since almost 18 months I'm using daily magnesium and since this time I'm feeling much better.

Fri, 23 Apr 1999 21:43:16 EDT

After a traffic accident I began seeing a chiropractor who gave me 1000 mg. of magnesium after I told her about headaches that sometimes lasted 3 days. Nothing had helped before but within 45 minutes this headache was gone. I have experienced fatigue and mood swings in the past and pretty severe PMS. Magnesium seems to have helped these problems as well. I love it and take it along with vitamin C to combat muscular tension and inflammation.

Fri, 23 Apr 1999 19:53:53 EDT

I use to get horrible migraine headaches until I started to take calcium and magnesium. It has helped my migraines immensely, and I take 750mg of magnesium to 1500mg of Calcium. It has helped my muscle spasms also.

Mon, 26 Apr 1999 12:11:23 0300

My name is Barbara Adams and I have MCS, FM and CFS. I and many others have received Magnesium IV therapy to treat magnesium deficiency at the Nova Scotia Environmental Health Center in Fall River, Nova Scotia, Canada.

Unfortunately, many of us who have received this treatment responded very well to it, but it is only available on a short term course basis.

Sun, 2 May 1999 07:22:49 +1000

I have just begun using magnesium orotate to treat migraines.

Sun, 2 May 1999 17:59:07 +1000

I use Mg for oesophageal spasm, and have done so successfully for the past 3 years. Prior to discovering Mg, I averaged at least one serious attack each year for 2 years: severe referred chest and back pain; painful breathing, swallowing and coughing; difficulty eating and drinking; unable to sleep; unable to obtain relief with either paracetamol or aspirin pain medication; attack lasted approximately 3 days.

My condition is stress related, and I seem to be more prone to it as I have aged. However, I can recognize the warning signs now and I take magnesium with the onset of early symptoms: pains in the jaw hinge just in front of my ears, and aches in my top teeth.

In the past I have tended to take magnesium spasmodically but recently I have become more concerned with maintaining proper levels in my body.

I have also found that magnesium helps calm my nerves and takes away that horrible shaky feeling like all the molecules are bouncing around inside me.

Thu, 6 May 1999 09:00:24 0500

My shoulder is well. There hasn't been a flare up yet. I was taking 2 magnesium taurate and 2 bromelain twice daily for the first two weeks, then dropped to once daily for two weeks. At this time I'm down to 1 of each daily. I had a stiff neck along with the shoulder pain which is almost well also. I have a feeling of well being that I'm sure has a lot to do with the magnesium doing some housecleaning. I take it when I would normally take aspirin or acetaminophen and get relief from fever or pain within 30 minutes. I haven't suffered with heartburn as I did with the other medications.

Sat, 8 May 1999 00:54:48 +1000

I am from Australia.

Yes I have found magnesium to be wonderful.

I had had a racing heart for a long time and was told that I would just have to live with it that it wouldn't kill me. It was so terrible that it woke me at night, and was just terrible, my thumbnails had deep groves sideways, which I have been told is one of the signs of a heart trouble. I went home from the DR's deciding that I would cure myself, and I thought that I do like my salt, which I remembered depletes magnesium etc, so I started on the magnesium and by the evening and 6 tablets later, my heart was right down to hardly any abnormalities. However it was back by morning but I knew that I was on the right track, so ended up by taking the whole bottle at 6 a day. I was normal within 3 days, and stopped after a bottle, but within a week it was back, so took another bottle, and was then fine for another 2 to 3 weeks after I stopped them, so I took another bottle, and I haven't had to take many since. When I feel a bit funny, I just take them for a day and I am ok again. So something that I was told that I would have to live with for the rest of my life, is gone. I have also stopped my husband and daughter's irritable bowel like that. I reasoned it this way, that loose bowels gives a loss of magnesium so I tried it and it fixed it totally, so needless to say, I think that I am pretty clever, heheheh. I haven't taken much notice on migraines but I am going to try it on my son in law.

Tue, 11 May 1999 15:26:37 0400

As of the beginning of December 1998, I was diagnosed with acute migraines. Since then, I have been through several different treatment plans and medications including Zomig, Amidrine, and many others. None of these medications have had lasting effects on my migraine headaches. Today, I was searching the web to find information on migraines and medication to look for other possible treatments. Ultimately I came to this website regarding migraines and magnesium. In 1997, I was placed on a magnesium supplement, Slow Mag, that is found over the counter. I was authorized to take this by my family doctor for treatment of asthma. He had heard that some symptoms of asthma can be slightly relieved by a magnesium supplement. In November 1998, I opted to stop taking this magnesium supplement to save money thinking that the magnesium was not having any effect upon my asthmatic conditions. However, as I said before, in December 1998, I was diagnosed with migraines.

I never thought of a correlation between these two things until I saw this website. Could my lack of magnesium really be the cause of my migraine headaches?

Tue, 11 May 1999 09:19:51 0400

I have been using 800mg of magnesium for the last 4 years or so to reduce the incidence of premature ventricular complexes. It has done very well for me.

Wed, 12 May 1999 11:09:58 0500

I have heard that magnesium helps with seizures. Along with my Depakote I have been taking 500 mg of magnesium for the past week and a half. Except for today I have been seizure free. When I have had a seizure, my recovery time has been faster. I have complex partial seizures.

Fri, 14 May 1999 20:57:23 +1000

I am 44 years old and have suffered from migraine since I was 19. I recently took chelated magnesium because I had a psychotic episode 2 years ago and have felt tired, befuddled and confused ever since, although I had been taken off medication by my doctor a year before. I had taken: primrose oil, vitamin B complex (high potency), niacin (prior to that which was great), vitamin C and zinc. Nothing helped a great deal, except for the niacin which warmed me up as I was always very cold, but when I went on the 500 mg of chelated magnesium per day my life changed completely. It was like coming out of a dark tunnel I had been in for years. I felt alert and energetic and it was as if some kind of blockage from my neck to my brain had been cleared. My short term memory came back to normal and I could think clearly without its being an effort as it had been since my psychotic episode. My son who suffers from depression and asthma also took it and threw his Aropax tablets away. My daughter who has been diagnosed schizophrenic is now taking it along with a few other B vitamins, C and zinc. She is feeling so much better she can't believe it and although it is too early to tell just how much this will help her, the future is looking a lot brighter. I will have to let you know in a couple more months how she is doing. My brother is taking magnesium also as he had a similar thing to what I had, and he just won't stop raving about how great it is. My migraines have gone, along with any PMS, and I just feel great to be alive. Please let me know of any other people with schizophrenia it has helped as getting my daughter over that is my 1st priority. Great web page and I'll be out there spreading the word to anyone who will listen also.

Tue, 18 May 1999 18:18:17 0400

I take magnesium every day, for an irregular heartbeat. It is prescribed by my physician.

Wed, 19 May 1999 07:51:04 0700

For the past 4 months, I have been taking a calcium/magnesium supplement and have experienced increased peak flows.

Thu, 20 May 1999 15:10:24 0700

The past year has likely been the most stressful year I've ever had. Part of the problem has been feeling like a victim of my own tension/irritability, etc. Symptoms included shortness of breath, periodic heart flip & then race experience, fatigue, and a general tightness in my chest (and all over my body, actually).

Then I read that magnesium & iron deficiencies can mimic heart disease so I started taking supplements.

Within 48 hours I felt better and had more energy than the entire past year.

Fri, 21 May 1999 16:04:56 0700

I had crippling migraine headaches for years which sent me to the hospital. I also had abdominal cramping, motion sickness, a severe heart arrhythmia and mitral valve prolapse. In desperation, and tired of doctor's shrugging their shoulders and suggesting various medications, I began to do research in our public library. I ran across information about the role of magnesium in smooth muscle cramping in blood vessel walls. I wondered if it was possible that I could be low in Mg. My cardiologist said that Mg deficiency is really rare and seen only in severe alcoholics. He ordered a blood test, but it came back normal. Then, I read that subclinical deficiency can be seen in intracellular tests, but not necessary in general blood assays. I began to eat very high magnesium foods and take supplements. My heart problems resolved, my migraines stopped, and I began to heal. I am thrilled to see so much new research on Mg and feel that it is essential this information get out to the general medical community. I am convinced that a magnesium deficiency is a factor in not only migraines, asthma, etc., but also is responsible for severe menstrual cramping and extremely painful childbirth. It is distressing that my cardiologist denied any link. He is a prominent Portland, Oregon physician. He told me he had increasing numbers of young women coming into his office with heart problems, but denied that Mg could play a serious role.

I teach college history, but am preparing to return to school to earn a degree in nutrition. This has taken on something in the nature of a crusade for me.

Tue, 25 May 1999 12:13:49 0600

After 6 years of over 100 medications, I have finally had success with CALMAG Plus from USANA. Not only have my migraines ceased, but I feel so much better over all! Thank you to all who have done so much research on this topic! You're time and effort is much appreciated!

Wed, 26 May 1999 19:59:19 0500

I suffered with chronic daily headaches and rebound headaches for several years taking 4 to 10 aspirin a day until I started having stomach problems a couple of months ago. I stopped taking aspirin and it was a very difficult time, trying not to take a painkiller. I even had a few moderate and one very severe migraine during this time.

I read about magnesium and started taking 250 mg of magnesium oxide per day along with 500 mg of calcium about 6 days ago. By day four my headaches were completely gone. I am absolutely sold on this treatment. I had forgotten what it felt like not to have pain.

Thu, 03 Jun 1999 19:35:03 0700

I wanted to pass on my experience with magnesium in regard to depression and tiredness. I have been in perimenopause for 8 years. I use an estrogen patch, antidepressant, and take a medication for migraines that is commonly used for high blood pressure. I was in excellent health until perimenopause hit like a ton of bricks. One of the main recurring problems has been extreme tiredness. Just when I feel it is receding, it hits again.

Last fall in October, I started a cycle of extreme tiredness. It culminated during the first week of December. I couldn't think well, my body felt like lead, there was a darkness around me, I could barely get up in the mornings, I had trouble with even necessary daily tasks (such as showers even!).I didn't actually realize this until later. A friend of mine met me for lunch and gave me several magnesium capsules on the worst day. She said she suspected they might help. I asked how long it would take to feel any results from them. She said, "Oh, you'll know right away this afternoon. You will feel better right away if you are deficient in magnesium."

So, of course, needless to say, I was a bit skeptical but had absolutely nothing to lose at that point except the debilitating tiredness. I went back to work and gave the whole situation very little thought. By the end of the afternoon, I physically saw and felt the darkness lift, I felt happier than I had in weeks, I was actually joking with co workers, and some of the lead weights in my body became lighter! I felt it was miraculous.

I have been taking magnesium regularly since then. My friend recommended capsules as they are absorbed better. I had a bit of trouble at first finding capsules and had to take tablets for a while. Capsules are better; but even the tablets never let me sink back into the dark, bleak hole I was in previously.

Needless to say, I have passed the word along to a lot of my friends and family!

Thu, 10 Jun 1999 12:42:50 0400

I am still taking Magnesium to help my muscles; it is still working well. An added bonus, I have suffered from allergic rhinitis for years, and is almost gone. My spring allergies reduced from a few weeks to 3 to 4 days of watery eyes and sore throat. I can't explain why, but the only thing I am doing different is taking magnesium.

Thu, 17 Jun 1999 12:51:44 0600

I found your page on migraine and magnesium deficiency of interest.

Approximately 15 to 20 years go I suddenly (I mean over night while I was on a field trip) began to have headaches. They were very severe such that Demerol wouldn't cut one. Well, over the next few years I saw this physician and that physician. They tried this test and that medication with no appreciable relief. Upon describing my condition to a surgeon friend of our as my head being pressurized, he prescribed Bumex along with a K supplement which helped some (along with Excedrin without aspirin. This helped me along for a number of years.

About a year ago I read an article describing the intravenous administration of a gram of MgSO4 which reportedly stopped a migraine headache in about 15 minutes. Thus, I reasoned, why not try an oral administration of Mg to build up my own blood level. So, I put myself on 750 mg of Magnesium supplement (MgO) per day, 500 in the am and 250 in the pm. Within a week or so, the results were sensational, I was a new person.

Yes, I still can feel some of the perpetual headache I have had for years, but the level is greatly reduced. Also, the episodes of real bad attacks which used to be about weekly, and lasting for 36 to 48 hours, are now about once every 2 to 3 weeks lasting much shorter times and of much less severity.

Magnesium sulfate will also do, but like magnesium citrate, the laxative effect would be much greater, not to say that you body doesn't have to adjust to 750 mg of MgO per day.(My body weight is about 75 kg thus making the intake about 10 mg/day per Kg of body weight).

Mon, 21 Jun 1999 21:49:22 +1000

I'm currently using magnesium for insomnia. I've always had the condition and used to treat it with the herb Valerian, but since [becoming] pregnant the naturopath recommended magnesium as it's perfectly safe to take during pregnancy, and so far the results have been excellent.

Mon, 28 Jun 1999 12:41:21 EDT

I have been taking daily magnesium supplements for over two years. My migraines have decreased significantly with magnesium and a daily prophylactic prescription drug.

Thu, 1 Jul 1999 09:22:12 +0200

I have used magnesium for my migraines for the past 3 years. I had read about it in several magazines and decided to try it. I was very skeptical and was pleasantly surprised to see the change. My migraines were much less severe, and after awhile they were just minor headaches. I skipped my magnesium for a month just to see if it was really helping. I had a terrible migraine for 2 days and was unable to work. I'm convinced it works.

Thu, 1 Jul 1999 20:00:40 EDT

I understand that you are interested in anecdotal info from people who are taking Mg for migraine prophylaxis. My headaches started on April 14, 1999 and have been a constant mild to moderate pain since then except for a 3 and 1/2 days respite last week. This relief was due to my physician's giving me 1 gram MgSo4 IVP. The effect was immediate and lasted for all of those days.I am taking 400mg of chelated mg daily with his recommendation, but the effect has not been as dramatic as the IVP treatment.

I was diagnosed with antiphospholipid antibody syndrome by a neurologist during my initial work up of this headache. I had a CT scan of the head and an MRI of the brain and both were clean. My headache specialist (at the University Pain Center in NYC) has been treating me since early June with Elavil 25 mg qhs, Imitrex prn, and the magnesium. He feels that my headaches are mixed (tension with a migranous component).

I had never had serious headaches before I was hospitalized with asthma in January and put on a lot of new medication. I have eliminated most of the meds since then in the hope of relieving my headache but so far all I have is a pile of medical bills. I am very hopeful that Mg will help me. By the way, I had my Mg level (ionized) drawn this week because I was concerned about the quantity of Mg that I am taking and it was 2.1 so I don't know whether my dose is effective or not, but I am obviously not deficient.

Wed, 7 Jul 1999 13:11:49 0700

A couple of years ago, I began to experience strange heartbeats - seemed like I'd skip a beat, and then I'd have a really big beat. I was later told these are PVC's, and that it is "normal" for someone my age. I have been very disturbed by them and did not buy into the "normal" explanation, and during an especially vicious and lengthy episode of them, I went to the ER at Kaiser where they did various tests, and one thing they discovered was a rock bottom magnesium level. One injection and I was feeling much better. I began to take a multi mineral with lots of magnesium, but when I felt better, I slacked off and stopped taking them.

After about a month of the most recent bout of chest thumpers, I remembered the mineral supplements, and after about 3 days, they were almost gone. I'm going to try to stay on a daily magnesium regimen @500mg/day.Hopefully that will help keep my heart beating normally. Also, migraines run very heavily in my family, and I did notice that when I was in a low magnesium swing, I experienced more migraine auras.

Wed, 7 Jul 1999 12:47:18 0400

I am a patient that has had migraines for years. On Friday June 12 my doctor ordered 50 cc of magnesium sulfate to be administered intravenously. That evening I felt fine. Saturday and half the day Sunday I had a migraine. Since then I have had minor headaches which I could control by taking Excedrin Mifgraine. My doctor is considering another 50 cc of magnesium sulfate. In the past I have had painkillers, beta blockers, Imitrex, DHE, etc. I have been hospitalized 4 times for prolonged migraines, my worst lasting for 5 weeks.

Thu, 15 Jul 1999 17:31:09 0400

I have suffered from migraine headaches for 15 years and the situation was complicated by acoustic neuroma surgery five years ago. The surgery produced more triggers and of course more headaches. Most of my headaches occurred during the early morning but could start any time of the day. I have been on different preventive medications with some success in reducing numbers of headaches, but finally gave up on them because of side effects. Because of my age of 63, I have stayed away from the new abort type of drugs. Mostly I found total and/or partial relief in Fiorinal and sometimes added an antinausea drug. Always hated the next day washed out feeling. I purchased a book written by a neurologist on alternative treatments about a year ago and read about magnesium helping some headache sufferers. I pretty much ignored it as being too simple to help my complicated situation. About three months later, while in a grocery store, I bought some 250mg pills and started taking one pill a day as I am very cautious. Few weeks later I doubled the dosage and continued to take for weeks. One day I was thinking to myself "been a while since a headache". Just came back from a week in Florida and did not have a serious headache involving Fiorinal. Only had one mild headache and took one Excedrin and a aspirin. Usually the auto driving will give me a serious headache. It has been four weeks since I have taken any Fiorinal and I just hope it stays this way. For about two years I have been on 80mg Diovan for blood pressure and 20 mg of Lipitor for high cholesterol and now on the magnesium. I don't know what else except the magnesium could be improving my headache situation, and I sure hope it continues.

Sun, 25 Jul 1999 20:33:32 0400

I have used magnesium to control migraine headaches. I find the type of magnesium important, as aspartate or a chelate works better than oxide. Citrate is good also. I use about 700 mgs. per day, and find its better still if I use grape seed extract also specifically for the migraine, and limit or eliminate dairy products. I can still suffer a few migraines, but most are eradicated with this protocol.

Fri, 30 Jul 1999 01:01:24 0400

I have extremely severe migraines, refractory to just about everything (except for Zomig and Imitrex, but this year, I was diagnosed with hemiplegic migraine, so now, I cannot take the "Triptans", for fear that I'll have a stroke). Anyway, about a year or so ago, I began to increase my magnesium intake, along with adding Zinc and just a month or so ago, more B vitamins/riboflavin. I don't take nearly the megadoses recommended as I am afraid of taking too much of ANYTHING, and the doctors treating me know even less than I do about the polypharmacy and poly vitamins/minerals/herbs that I use (for other conditions, as well); so I start everything off using very conservative doses. Nevertheless, even on an added 133 mg. per day of Magnesium, I have noticed a difference! My migraines have lessened in intensity (although I cannot say, that they are less frequent : { ). I am also nearing menopause, so I perhaps that is a factor, as well (I just turned 50).

Fri, 30 Jul 1999 18:57:22 EDT

Yes, I started taking magnesium over 20 years ago for a rapid heartbeat. Works like a charm. My two sisters also take it for the same problem. One was hospitalized for this condition, and did not receive help until she started taking magnesium. We all do not have a problem any more unless we neglect to take our magnesium!!! It's good for so many things...would not be without

Mon, 2 Aug 1999 20:30:39 0700

I have a rare kidney disorder called Bartter's Syndrome (a leak of potassium and magnesium in the kidneys.) I am currently 12 weeks pregnant and am up to 23 Slow Magnesium tablets per day. They are 60mg a piece. I also take 8 K Lyte 50 mg DS per day. When I am not pregnant I take aldactone to hold in the potassium and magnesium. I then take only 8 of the Slow Mags a day and 2 1/2 of the potassium.

Mon, 2 Aug 1999 22:06:06 0500

Have a stiff neck. Got some magnesium and kudzu to try and relax the muscles. Started taking an extra 800 mg in am and pm in addition to the 500 in my cal/mag mix. Now that I write it, it looks like a lot.

Interesting results. My tendonitis is better. My 2 sore teeth are better to the point I can chew on them on a regular basis. My constipation is oh, so much better, and my neck is more relaxed. Not cured but oh so much better.

I then started reading about mag and am amazed at this "wonder" mineral. Really glad I was led to taking this.

Tue, 17 Aug 1999 00:02:51 0400

I have had chronic migraines, sometimes every 12 hours for about a year. Prior to that, I was having them once or twice a month. I am 58 and have been in menopause for about 2 years. I thought maybe it was connected to this. I am working with a neurologist now and she is trying different drugs to regulate my sleep pattern as she thinks somehow there is connection here. Last week my neighbor came over with some magnesium tablets and said she heard they may help some people with migraines. I started taking them 7 days ago and have had only one headache since. I take 250 mg once a day. I'm still in shock that something so simple could help me after all the doctoring I've done. Why don't doctors recommend this treatment? When I told my neurologist about this she said she had heard that it helped and to "knock on wood," that I could be so easily relieved of these monsters. I pray to God that it will continue to give me some relief.

Wed, 25 Aug 1999 13:54:23 +0200

Having suffered headaches, tightness in my muscles, dizziness, and tingling in my arms and legs for many years, I have recently been put onto magnesium tablets. If something so simple is the answer to my problems, I am left wondering why more doctors don't seem to consider magnesium as the potential problem. I have had a brain scan, been put onto antidepressants, and had years of worry wondering what my problem was.

Tue, 7 Sep 1999 10:53:20 0600

I have just discovered that magnesium is the REASON why I no longer get migraines.

Before menopause probably 10 years ago, I suffered horribly with migraines to the point sometimes that I just couldn't function. After menopause, my OB GYN suggested I take a calcium magnesium supplement as I was getting older and it was good for my body. I'm now 62 and have been using magnesium for several years (5 at least) and have NOT HAD ONE MIGRAINE in that period of time. I never could figure out if it was because I had gone through menopause or if it was because I was taking magnesium. I take 400 450 mg per day.

During this past weekend, I was talking to a female cousin who was complaining that she gets frequent migraines. She's older than I am and went through "the change" earlier than I did, but is still having the migraines. I asked her if she was taking magnesium she said only what was in her multi vitamin supplement (well ... that's a piddly amount), so I suggested she increase her intake and try my method and see if her headaches would go away. She's going to try it. That convinced me that it was BECAUSE I was taking magnesium (where I didn't during my child bearing years) that I don't get the terrible headaches now. I still get headaches, but not migraines, and they are easily cured, once I get out of bed in the morning.

I'm happy about it. VIVA LA MAGNESIUM!

Thu, 23 Sep 1999 18:34:09 0400

I have suffered from migraines for 30 years. At first they were episodic and related to my menstrual cycle. By the time I turned forty about 10 years ago, I was suffering from migraines about 2 times per week. My doctor was not very helpful, so five years ago I found a neurologist with headache expertise. Over the past 5 years, he has tried the entire panoply of preventives, with varying degrees of success. Depakote was very effective but I proved allergic to it. For the last 2 years I have been taking Lopressor as a preventive. At this point I can't really tell if it helps or not. Imitrex worked very well as an abortive for 4 years, then it became less effective and I switched to Zomig, which is effective. However, I have developed chronic daily headache (CDH) over the last 2 years. Two weeks ago I began taking 400 mg daily of magnesium, in pill form as magnesium oxide and magnesium aspartate (from Twinlab).My daily headaches have stopped. I have had one migraine during this period, which was relieved with Zomig. Initially I was taking the magnesium at bedtime, but it was bothering me, so I started taking it with dinner and I no longer am having any side effects.

Sun, 10 Oct 1999 11:53:43 0700

I've had CFIDS for 25 years. Mg therapy has been like a miracle drug for me. It hasn't cured me, but it has resulted in vast improvements. When I started on the Mg shots, I lost the feeling that weights were attached to my arms and legs. Just the pills alone were enough to make some improvement in the breathing problems I had, but the shots helped even more. The supplementation also helped a colonic inertia problem.

For a long time I had to stay on the shots. I couldn't absorb/utilize enough from the pills. Since last Nov I have been able to take the pills, though I have to take more than the normal amount. I couldn't tell that the Mg did anything for the migraine headaches. I brought those under control with first by recognizing that they were tied to cold sensitivity and then with acupressure. I used to either have a headache or have one threatening about all the time. Now I go months in between headaches even threatening. I was on the Mg for a long time before I discovered the acupressure, and it may be that the acupressure worked because of the Mg.

One thing I've noticed is that not only do PWCs (People With CFIDS) tend to have problems associated with Mg deficiency, but our genetic relatives do too even those who don't have CFIDS. Things like increased incidence of asthma, spasms, "nervousness", allergies, and tendency to blood clots.

Fri, 29 Oct 1999 09:23:59 0500

…the doctor put my [diabetic] daughter on oral meds. She's now taking glucophage and amaryl and if she sticks to her diet she does well. She had been going on candy binges, however, and a friend of mine told me to start her on magnesium. This gal had been a PE/health teacher and had severe chocolate cravings close to time for her period. She tried using magnesium on a regular basis and found that her cravings were controlled.

Tue, 2 Nov 1999 16:24:52 0500

I suffer from ocular migraines. They began about a year ago and started with a frequency of 1 2 per week. I kept records of what I was doing prior to and during the attacks. I get the scintillating scotoma which originated as a blind spot in my central vision and moves out to the peripheral and lasts for approx 45 minutes. I sought the attention of an ophthalmologist who passed it off as nothing. I then had various tests under the advice of a neurologist. He ordered an MRI, Doppler, and Regal negative. His advice was to take a baby aspirin a day. I tried this regimen for a month or so with no results. The attacks seemed to lessen slightly but then came back strong (1 a week again).I stopped the aspirin as it didn't help and researched the matter myself. I read a lot about magnesium supplementation and its calming ability on muscles and nerves. Believing the theory that ocular migraine is caused by spasms of the blood vessels leading the eyes, magnesium would seem to help. I began taking Calcium Citrate (calcium 1000mg, mag 500).After a few weeks, my ocular migraines lessened to once a month. They seem to occur right around menstruation. So far, magnesium has been the only thing to help me.

Wed, 03 Nov 1999 00:19:16 0500

I am a 51 year old female with a history of migraines. I had a blood test run for heart palpitations and the cardiologist found I had an extremely low level of magnesium. He put me on slow mag for a week and my blood count went to normal. I am continuing to take a daily dose of slow mag. I think it helps.

Sat, 13 Nov 1999 11:42:08 +0200

I'm 40 years old. I used to take paracetamol almost every day, about 20 pills in two weeks, and still had attacks of migraines once a month with vomiting. My pharmacist [suggested that I] take magnesium two weeks ago. Since then I took only 5 pills of paracetamol instead of 20.

Mon, 15 Nov 1999 20:42:49 0700

Am only 57 and have had continual heart problems for many years, including bypass. I have an icd implant for the arrhythmia. I can't tolerate many of the different medicines used to treat my conditions, which I'm beginning to believe is a blessing. I have made big improvements since starting potassium and magnesium supplements along with trying to eat plenty of foods with these nutrients.

Tue, 16 Nov 1999 10:35:59 0500

I've had migraine headaches since I was 14.I am now 37 and my headaches seemed to have gotten worse (more frequent/intense) over the last several years. I have been treating my chronic migraines with calcium and magnesium for a little over a year now. At first my migraines completely disappeared for about 6 months. Now I have them back, but I do think the calcium/magnesium therapy is still helpful in reducing the frequency of the attacks. If I miss a day I find I will absolutely get a headache. I take 100% of the USRDA of both minerals faithfully; 1/2 of the USRDA in the morning and 1/2 in the evening.

Thu, 2 Dec 1999 12:16:10 0500

A couple of months ago I read an article from Real Age on the net and it said that some people who suffer from migraines are deficient in magnesium. Since I suffer from migraines and the medication the doctor had prescribed didn't help the headache (just made me sick to my stomach), I thought I'd give magnesium a try.

Well, since I started taking the magnesium I have not had a single migraine headache (I have had headaches, but not migraines).

Fri, 3 Dec 1999 15:07:41 +1100

When I feel a migraine coming on I take Magnesium orotate under my tongue, and it goes away in a short while.

Mon, 06 Dec 1999 09:10:29 0500

I came looking for a better understanding of the interaction of magnesium and a disorder, with which I have been plagued for almost twenty years, and which taking magnesium tablets for a bit under three months seems to be curing.

The problem: I am a 60 year old male. I have always exercised a lot, running (4 marathons) and swimming, distances. In the early eighties I began to experience nervous agitation as a result of any exercise I did. I got 'wired', tense, agitated, insomniac, exhausted, dry-mouthed and racing thoughts. Little by little, life became so unbearable with this condition that I quit exercising in any form. This didn't leave me feeling very good, and I was always looking for a solution. It got to where just the walking of normal shopping got me wired. I went to the Mayo clinic to take tests in hopes of an answer. I asked every doctor I encountered to no avail. Finally I just quit talking about it.

This past summer on a chance visit with a psychiatrist in Marseille, France for a routine check on lithium medication, I mentioned the problem in passing. He suggested magnesium in an offhand manner, I started taking mg tablets right away, and now in less than 3 months on magnesium, I have been able to resume swimming and moderate running. I am hoping this progress will continue. Obviously I would like to learn a bit more about the phenomena. At present I am taking a French tablet called Magne B6 made by Sanofi Winthrop, Gentilly, France. Its makeup, in French is: Lactate de magnesium dihydrate, 470mg, and Chlorhydrate de pyridoxine, 5mg. An American doctor has subsequently suggested an American form of the medicine commercialized under the name Slo Mag. I have yet to try this as I am getting results with the French form.

Mon, 20 Dec 1999 11:26:55 0500

I just started research on magnesium deficiency after a year of a doctor treating me for high blood sugar because of "fuzzy" spells. This Aug, after passing out and waking up with my heart racing, I was sent to a neurologist who did numerous tests (CAT scans & EEGS ETC...) and after ruling out tumors or anything "serious", put me on Dilantin "suspecting & guessing" that I had a blockage of an artery near the brain, causing the blood from the heart. After dosage changing because of fatigue and forgetfulness, I went in again because of this constant "pulsing" throughout my body making life hard (sleep and talking at times). He didn't "see" anything wrong but gave me something to help my nervous system because I told him it felt like my nervous system was doing the pulsing.

I went to my naturopathic the next day for a "virus" who detected something going on with an artery coming from my heart and among other things, a depletion of magnesium, connecting the two together after my body didn't want any of the traditional heart "meds".

I now take magnesium (natural supplements) and B12 (again natural) and after one day, the "pulsing" has gone down considerably but I feel as if I have a long way to go. She said I might have had a sort of "mini stroke". AMAZING. I could have continued to go to conventional doctors only to have a heart attack sometime this year.

Fri, 31 Dec 1999 02:52:02 0500 (EST)

Severe muscle spasms in the hands and the legs. I started taking calcium, and it did stop some of the spasms, but then somebody suggested magnesium, about 400mg a day. I'm sticking to about 250 mg a day. What I am saying is, so far it seem to be eliminating the pain which was pretty bad. I just started taking the magnesium, so let's see how it goes. So far, so good.

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