Magnesium "tolerance" buildup?

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Because I was bothered by RLS (Restless Leg Syndrome), I started taking magnesium. And because my GI tract is rather delicate and all the stories about upset stomachs were scary, I obtained a "time release" formulation. It worked, the charley horses and involuntary movements went away.

BUT after a few weeks of bliss, I found I needed increasing doses of magnesium just to stay even. And if I missed just one dose, the symptoms were as prominent as before. (And even worse, I've now got general muscle aches and pains that weren't there before.)

What could be going on?

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    Very interesting result.  I have been experiencing some of the same.  Though I take magnesium in some kind of combination and for different reasons.  Not entirely sure about the muscle pain and aches.  It may also be flue related symptoms, cause I got the flue shortly after.  Have to see over a longer period of time perhaps.  Take a little less, is what I'm thinking.  
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    kinda surprised your use of mag but if it helped which it apparently did then I'll be the first with a high 5...

    I'm a neuro student (kindagarden stage) in my 2012 MND studies, ALS patients did use dopamine precursors L-phenylalanine, and L-tyrosine (dietary supplements.) I don't recall the improvement scales but must have been some for it to stick in my mind.

    gabapentin like your magnesium excerbated their condition...

    With a sensitive stomach, maybe you can (if not already) find entric coated?

    I'd first pass this by your "neuro..get their take...." (in spite of PALS saying most of them haven't a clue)........

    Claudio

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    i dont know if you have fibro but i find this a common thing with fibro il use something for a few months and it seems to work fine then it stops working

    and sometimes symptoms get worse.

    i find that topical magnesuim works best and keeps working . without making matters worse. hope iv been of some help

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    The easiest way to get a higher dose without tummy upsets (it is a laxative at higher rates) is to take it transdermally. Just get magnesium oil and spray it on your feet and rub it it. Fantastic mineral that we all seem to be deficient in. Very important as it controls the speed of ones heart muscle. Very cheap only $8 a bottle which lasts at least 6 months. Fixes the oddest things tooooo! No more dandruff, tingling fingers and a low level root canal infection that I have had for 40 years, dr. Mark Sircus has an excellent well worth reading called Transdermal Magnesium Therapy. Mine came from Amazon. Reckon it is well worth you persevering. I believe it does take several months to build up.
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    It could be an imbalance of Calcium to Magnesium. Are you supplementing with Calcium as well? Magnesium can also deplete other minerals as well so it's good to balance it with a multi-mineral. I can't handle magnesium for a number of reasons. One is that I have Lyme disease and it feeds Lyme - If you have other symptoms or anything progresses I would check into that.
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    ck, you said your GI tract is delicate, that is almost certainly your issue to correct first.  that is your core, the foundation of your immune system.  

    I had something like restless leg, and mostly stemming from digestive issues.  It later become a head ache and other pains.  

    I recommend probiotics, low/moderate fiber, and bone broths daily.  This is from the GAPs diet, read into it and talk to your doctor or a qualified nutritionist 

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      good advice teach.

      I'll just eloborate some..

      .re establishing good micro

      flora takes some time (can accelerate via FMT). Getting the right kind of probiotics into the lower 3 compartments needs help...some of course are acid tolerant but some are not...they need oligosacharides as chaperones...the probiotic can attach to them and get escorted thru the harsh acids...next is "numbers" means everything...the colon residents are in the "trillions"...the shime has demonstrated  intermittant feedings (inoculation) of the probiotics fare better than a large single dose, and adding lactase, lactose, or soy isolate potentiates the process.

      Coated probiotics may be OK but when any of these prebiotics like  psylium husk/jerusalem antichoke/yakon root can provide safe travel, they also boost the number of good bacteria. And since they contain inulin (gas producing) more is not better...

      Keep up the good advice teach...

      Claudio

       

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    thank you so much for raising this question.

    Likewise i thought i'd try magnesium....great for getting the bowels going with added vit c orally. HOWEVER i sometimes bathed in a couple of tbsps of mag and then when i didn't the odd incidences of cramp i had had intensified.

    I wondered if this was due to depletion in mag at the core as it were ...but is it stored in the body?

    Maybe body wants more...but its made me nervous about taking cos any omissions had vicious consequences.

    But could it be a calcium/mag imbalance? maybe i'm mostly balanced and shouldn't mess with it?

    What about testing? Is there a way to see if we're balanced or deficient?

    liz

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