Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Muscle pains and Magnesium

I barely took notice that during my 3 hospital stays so far this year they included an IV drip of magnesium each time, but when I mentioned it to my PCP in June, she included magnesium testing in my blood work. Of course my levels were low, and she suggested magnesium oxide, available OTC and very cheap.

Frankly, it did nothing (only 4% of magnesium oxide is bio-available) and then I read up on magnesium and I'm now taking a slow release magnesium chloride.

What magnesium does is release the knotting or tightening in the muscles caused by an imbalance of calcium and magnesium (although we NEED the calcium for our bones).

Glad to say I haven't been awakened by any leg cramps since I started taking it, but I still have occasional back pains, esp. when I'm standing in the kitchen a long time when canning. I'm not sure I'm taking enough, but it will show up on my next blood work later this week.

My doctors say 90% or more of us are deficient in magnesium so if you are having musculature problems or cramping, I suggest asking your doctor to do a blood test for magnesium. DO NOT rely on any recommendation for magnesium oxide, but choose the more absorbable magnesium chloride instead, and/or read The Magnesium Miracle by Dr. Carolyn Dean.  

Health-wise, I'm doing okay since my recent fairly mild heart attack, and I have a follow-up appointment tomorrow at the hospital in NC. I still have lots of bruises from all the heparin shots, and the place where they went into the femoral artery has lots of sore muscles around it still, although the incision has healed. I've been restricted from driving or lifting anything heavier than a half-gallon of milk, have a Home Nurse 2X a week, and PT 2X a week because I've fallen a few times for no reason.


  1. So good to have you back posting. I hope the health issues smooth out for you now. You have certainly had your share this year. I will be switching to the magnesium chloride asap.

  2. Thanks, I'm no where up to normal speed but hope that comes along quickly. I TOTALLY HATE being inactive!

  3. Geez! Falls are scarey!! Glad to see this post this morning, as it means you are mending. :))

    I've taken magnesium citrate for over a decade now. I was wondering if you'd come across any info on it in your research. At the time it was supposed to be the most easily assimilated form. So now with you mentioning the mag. chloride I'm wondering how it stacks up?

    I know when I've forgotten it, as the cramps at night start up.

    Good to see you back!!

    1. My book covers most forms of magnesium but it's 200 miles away, on loan, and I don't remember many details of the different forms. I'll try to remember when I get it back, or ask your library for "The Magnesium Miracle" by Dr. Carolyn Dean,

  4. Darius, we're all pulling for you! Hope you get back to 100% soon :-)

  5. Thanks for sharing information regarding how magnesium relieves muscle pain for someone. How are you now? I hope you're doing okay. Remember to refrain from stressful activities and stress itself considering that you had a mild heart attack. Stay safe, Darius!

    Kristal Byrnes @ COCOrtho


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