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Magnesium Deficiency can be serious

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Read to the end, the signs and symptoms.  Heart palpitations are one of the ways I experience this, along with quite a few of the others.  Once I start supplementing, most of these symptoms go away for me, so I give this article much merit on a personal level.  Since we all have some type of  malabsorption issues, it can't possibly hurt to supplement with Magnesium since it's SO important for every system in the body.  Of particular interest to me is the clouded thinking and confusion.  I had that in a bad way early out and after doing research and running across the Magnesium connection I started supplementing and it helped vastly.

 

In a bypass patient, Magnesium is absorbed in the Duodenum, which is bypassed.  So we are ALL in a Magnesium deficiency.  Give it some thought if you are having any of these symptoms.

 

http://www.greenmedinfo.com/blog/magnesium-deficiency-symptoms-and-diagnosis?page=1

 

Magnesium deficiency is often misdiagnosed because it does not show up in blood tests – only 1% of the body's magnesium is stored in the blood.

 

Most doctors and laboratories don't even include magnesium status in routine blood tests. Thus, most doctors don't know when their patients are deficient in magnesium, even though studies show that the majority of Americans are deficient in magnesium.

 

Consider Dr. Norman Shealy's statements, "Every known illness is associated with a magnesium deficiency" and that, "magnesium is the most critical mineral required for electrical stability of every cell in the body. A magnesium deficiency may be responsible for more diseases than any other nutrient." The truth he states exposes a gapping hole in modern medicine that explains a good deal about iatrogenic death and disease. Because magnesium deficiency is largely overlooked, millions of Americans suffer needlessly or are having their symptoms treated with expensive drugs when they could be cured with magnesium supplementation.

 

One has to recognize the signs of magnesium thirst or hunger on their own since allopathic medicine is lost in this regard. It is really something much more subtle then hunger or thirst but it is comparable. In a world though where doctors and patients alike do not even pay attention to thirst and important issues of hydration, it is not hopeful that we will find many recognizing and paying attention to magnesium thirst and hunger, which is a dramatic way of expressing the concept of magnesium deficiency.

 

Few people are aware of the enormous role magnesium plays in our bodies. Magnesium is by far the most important mineral in the body. After oxygen, water, and basic food, magnesium may be the most important element needed by our bodies; vitally important, yet hardly known. It is more important than calcium, potassium or sodium and regulates all three of them.

 

Millions suffer daily from magnesium deficiency without even knowing it

 

In fact, there happens to be a relationship between what we perceive as thirst and deficiencies in electrolytes. I remember a person asking, "Why am I dehydrated and thirsty when I drink so much water?" Thirst can mean not only lack of water but it can also mean that one is not getting enough nutrients and electrolytes. Magnesium, Potassium, Bicarbonate, Chloride and Sodium are some principle examples and that is one of the reasons magnesium chloride is so useful.

 

Magnesium Torment (Deficiency)

 

You know all those years, when doctors used to tell their patients 'its all in your heads,' were years the medical profession was showing its ignorance. It is a torment to be magnesium deficient on one level or another. Even if it's for the enthusiastic sport person whose athletic performance is down, magnesium deficiency will disturb sleep and background stress levels and a host of other things that reflect on the quality of life. Doctors have not been using the appropriate test for magnesium – their serum blood tests just distort their perceptions. Magnesium has been off their radar screens through the decades that magnesium deficiencies have snowballed.

Symptoms of Magnesium Deficiency

The first symptoms of deficiency can be subtle – as most magnesium is stored in the tissues, leg cramps, foot pain, or muscle 'twitches' can be the first sign. Other early signs of deficiency include loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. As magnesium deficiency worsens, numbness, tingling, seizures, personality changes, abnormal heart rhythms, and coronary spasms can occur.

 

A full outline of magnesium deficiency was beautifully presented in a recent article by Dr. Sidney Baker. "Magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every organ system of the body. With regard to skeletal muscle, one may experience twitches, cramps, muscle tension, muscle soreness, including back aches, neck pain, tension headaches and jaw joint (or TMJ) dysfunction. Also, one may experience chest tightness or a peculiar sensation that he can't take a deep breath. Sometimes a person may sigh a lot."

 

"Symptoms involving impaired contraction of smooth muscles include constipation; urinary spasms; menstrual cramps; difficulty swallowing or a lump in the throat-especially provoked by eating sugar; photophobia, especially difficulty adjusting to oncoming bright headlights in the absence of eye disease; and loud noise sensitivity from stapedius muscle tension in the ear."

 

"Other symptoms and signs of magnesium deficiency and discuss laboratory testing for this common condition. Continuing with the symptoms of magnesium deficiency, the central nervous system is markedly affected. Symptoms include insomnia, anxiety, hyperactivity and restlessness with constant movement, panic attacks, agoraphobia, and premenstrual irritability. Magnesium deficiency symptoms involving the peripheral nervous system include numbness, tingling, and other abnormal sensations, such as zips, zaps and vibratory sensations."

 

"Symptoms or signs of the cardiovascular system include palpitations, heart arrhythmias, and angina due to spasms of the coronary arteries, high blood pressure and mitral valve prolapse. Be aware that not all of the symptoms need to be present to presume magnesium deficiency; but, many of them often occur together. For example, people with mitral valve prolapse frequently have palpitations, anxiety, panic attacks and premenstrual symptoms. People with magnesium deficiency often seem to be "uptight." Other general symptoms include a salt craving, both carbohydrate craving and carbohydrate intolerance, especially of chocolate, and breast tenderness."

 

Magnesium is needed by every cell in the body including those of the brain. It is one of the most important minerals when considering supplementation because of its vital role in hundreds of enzyme systems and functions related to reactions in cell metabolism, as well as being essential for the synthesis of proteins, for the utilization of fats and carbohydrates. Magnesium is needed not only for the production of specific detoxification enzymes but is also important for energy production related to cell detoxification. A magnesium deficiency can affect virtually every system of the body.

 

Like water we need magnesium everyday. There is an
eternal need for magnesium as well as water and when
magnesium is present in water life and health are enhanced.

One of the principle reason doctors write millions of prescriptions for tranquilizers each year is the nervousness, irritability, and jitters largely brought on by inadequate diets lacking magnesium. Persons only slightly deficient in magnesium become irritable, highly-strung, and sensitive to noise, hyper-excitable, apprehensive and belligerent. If the deficiency is more severe or prolonged, they may develop twitching, tremors, irregular pulse, insomnia, muscle weakness, jerkiness and leg and foot cramps.

 

If magnesium is severely deficient, the brain is particularly affected. Clouded thinking, confusion, disorientation, marked depression and even the terrifying hallucinations of delirium tremens are largely brought on by a lack of this nutrient and remedied when magnesium is given. Because large amounts of calcium are lost in the urine when magnesium is under supplied, the lack of this nutrient indirectly becomes responsible for much rampant tooth decay, poor bone development, osteoporosis and slow healing of broken bones and fractures. With vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), magnesium helps to reduce and dissolve calcium phosphate kidney stones.

 

Magnesium deficiency may be a common factor associated with insulin resistance. Symptoms of MS that are also symptoms of magnesium deficiency include muscle spasms, weakness, twitching, muscle atrophy,  an inability to control the bladder, nystagmus (rapid eye movements), hearing loss, and osteoporosis.  People with MS have higher rates of epilepsy than controls.  Epilepsy has also been linked to magnesium deficiencies.[1

 

Another good list of early warning symptoms suggestive of magnesium insufficiency:

  • Physical and mental fatigue
  • Persistent under-eye twitch
  • Tension in the upper back, shoulders and neck
  • Headaches
  • Pre-menstrual fluid retention and/or breast tenderness

Possible manifestations of magnesium deficiency include:

  • Low energy
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Confusion
  • Nervousness
  • Anxiousness
  • Irritability
  • Seizures (and tantrums)
  • Poor digestion
  • PMS and hormonal imbalances
  • Inability to sleep
  • Muscle tension, spasm and cramps
  • Calcification of organs
  • Weakening of the bones
  • Abnormal heart rhythm

Severe magnesium deficiency can result in low levels of calcium in the blood (hypocalcemia). Magnesium deficiency is also associated with low levels of potassium in the blood (hypokalemia). Magnesium levels drop at night, leading to poor REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep cycles and unrefreshed sleep. Headaches, blurred vision, mouth ulcers, fatigue and anxiety are also early signs of depletion.

 

We hear all the time about how heart disease is the number one health crisis in the country, about how high blood pressure is the "silent killer", and about how ever increasing numbers of our citizens are having their lives and the lives of their families destroyed by diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and a host of other chronic diseases.

Signs of severe magnesium deficiency include:

  • Extreme thirst 
  • Extreme hunger 
  • Frequent urination 
  • Sores or bruises that heal slowly
  • Dry, itchy skin
  • Unexplained weight loss
  • Blurry vision that changes from day to day
  • Unusual tiredness or drowsiness
  • Tingling or numbness in the hands or feet
  • Frequent or recurring skin, gum, bladder or vaginal yeast infections

But wait a minute, aren't those the same symptoms for diabetes? Many people have diabetes for about 5 years before they show strong symptoms. By that time, some people already have eye, kidney, gum or nerve damage caused by the deteriorating condition of their cells due to insulin resistance and magnesium deficiency. Dump some mercury and arsenic on the mixture of etiologies and pronto we have the disease condition we call diabetes.

 

Magnesium deficiency is synonymous with diabetes and is at the root of many if not all cardiovascular problems.

 

Magnesium deficiency is a predictor of diabetes and heart disease both; diabetics both need more magnesium and lose more magnesium than most people. In two new studies, in both men and women, those who consumed the most magnesium in their diet were least likely to develop type 2 diabetes, according to a report in the January 2006 issue of the journal Diabetes Care. Until now, very few large studies have directly examined the long-term effects of dietary magnesium on diabetes. Dr. Simin Liu of the Harvard Medical School and School of Public Health in Boston says, "Our studies provided some direct evidence that greater intake of dietary magnesium may have a long-term protective effect on lowering risk," said Liu, who was involved in both studies.

 

The thirst of diabetes is part of the body's response to excessive urination. The excessive urination is the body's attempt to get rid of the extra glucose in the blood. This excessive urination causes the increased thirst. But we have to look at what is causing this level of disharmony. We have to probe deeper into layers of cause. The body needs to dump glucose because of increasing insulin resistance and that resistance is being fueled directly by magnesium deficiency, which makes toxic insults more damaging to the tissues at the same time.

 

When diabetics get too high blood sugars, the body creates "ketones" as a by-product of breaking down fats. These ketones cause blood acidity which causes "acidosis" of the blood, leading to Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA), This is a very dangerous condition that can lead to coma and death. It is also called "diabetic acidosis", "ketosis", "ketoacidosis" or "diabetic coma". DKA is a common way for new Type 1 diabetics to be diagnosed. If they fail to seek medical advice on symptoms like urination, which is driving thirst they can die of DKA.

 

Oral magnesium supplements reduce erythrocyte[2] dehydration.[3] In general, optimal balances of electrolytes are necessary to maintain the best possible hydration. Diabetic thirst is initiated specifically by magnesium deficiency with relative calcium excess in the cells. Even water, our most basic nutrient starts having a hard time getting into the cells with more going out through the kidneys.

Edited by Happy-Camper

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Thanks, HC..interesting!

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How are you supplementing magnesium HC?  Are there better forms for us gastric bypass patients?  Curious minds :)

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How are you supplementing magnesium HC?  Are there better forms for us gastric bypass patients?  Curious minds :)

 

Right now, I'm taking Magnesium Citrate.  Not sure what the absolutely best form for us is, but it seems to be working for me.  If I find one better for absorption I'll try that.  It's cleared up my brain fog, random face twitches, and a host of other things related to a deficiency.  It's amazing.

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I take 400 mg of chelated magnesium per day.  Taking vitamin D gives me headaches and I read somewhere that vitamin D depletes our magnesium.  Once I started taking the magnesium, the headaches left.  

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Thanks so much for calling attention to this issue.  I had some severe leg cramps early out, and some of the "brain fog" as well.  I've been supplementing with 400  mg. Magnesium Citrate for months, and there is a huge difference in the way I feel.  Haven't had a leg cramp since.

 

Magnesium also helps prevent bone loss and keeps blood sugar in check.  It also prevents constipation, and it is very difficult to over do the oral form of magnesium, because the body excretes what it doesn't need.  But when I mentioned to my NUT that I was taking magnesium, she seemed confused.  The vitamins she recommended only have 30% of the RDA, and I know I'm not getting in enough through my diet. 

 

I think there needs to be a lot more awareness of the nutrients and supplements we need, especially the minerals.  Thanks again for raising the topic.

 

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Well, I ran out and bought some Magnesium Citrate as soon as I read that constipation and insomnia are symptoms. And now this article indicates that I have had other symptoms for years, but just last night I was awakened (as if I need that) by severe leg cramping. I also have RLS on occasion, and when I got PMS it was HORRIBLE. I've had one dose already today, and will take the second dose at dinner. Thanks,HC! I am hopeful!

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Right now, I'm taking Magnesium Citrate.  Not sure what the absolutely best form for us is, but it seems to be working for me.  If I find one better for absorption I'll try that.  It's cleared up my brain fog, random face twitches, and a host of other things related to a deficiency.  It's amazing.

No brain fog, but the common problem at the other end. My first dose worked in 3 hours.

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No brain fog, but the common problem at the other end. My first dose worked in 3 hours.

 

How much did you take, Tom?

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Interesting. Ive had these symptoms for ages, but they just started and snowballed. I've complained about brain fog, insomnia and lack of energy since my 10 year old was a baby.

Every dr blamed it on hormones, being a new mom or being in my head (and later on my weight and diabetes). I'll be buying magnesium tomorrow.

(And I wasn't even a new mom..the 10yr old is my baby...number 3 in 5 years lol)

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Well, I ran out and bought some Magnesium Citrate as soon as I read that constipation and insomnia are symptoms. And now this article indicates that I have had other symptoms for years, but just last night I was awakened (as if I need that) by severe leg cramping. I also have RLS on occasion, and when I got PMS it was HORRIBLE. I've had one dose already today, and will take the second dose at dinner. Thanks,HC! I am hopeful!

 

Me too, my friend.  Me too. Good luck to us all with this.  It could solve a lot of problems.  I have trouble sleeping, too.

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How much did you take, Tom?

500 mg.

 

If it helps me sleep, I'm over the moon!

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As soon as I finish my bottle of 100 mg capsules, I'm getting a higher dosage.  Are the 500s huge?

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Following with keen interest. I hope everyone reports back on their progress.

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As soon as I finish my bottle of 100 mg capsules, I'm getting a higher dosage.  Are the 500s huge?

Not that bad, shaped smaller than pinto beans so go down easy. They are gel caps from Rite Aid.

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Interestingly my doc just moved me up from 500 mg a day to 1000 mg a day this morning (on top of the 400 mg I get a day with bariatric vitamins for a total of 1400 mg a day). I'm hoping it helps a bit more with the insomnia... and this damn eye twitching I've had for almost 3 weeks lol

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I take four 100 mg tablets per day, HC.  It does help with constipation too.

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I started a single dose of 500mg yesterday, so far today I've woke up feeling wide awake and energetic.  I will be taking these on vacation with me,t hen I'll experiment with the dosage when I get home....don't want to have to stick around the condo when there's hiking and beaches and such :P  

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I want to say thank you H-C! My husband has had a Colectomy when he was 16. He has some similar absorption issues as post ops. He had a lot of these symptoms I ran out (literally) and got him some magnesium citrate. Within two days most of his symptoms are gone.

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I started a single dose of 500mg yesterday, so far today I've woke up feeling wide awake and energetic.  I will be taking these on vacation with me,t hen I'll experiment with the dosage when I get home....don't want to have to stick around the condo when there's hiking and beaches and such :P

 

Im sleeping about 3 hours a night on the days I take it at NIGHT.  I wake up refreshed, but I really miss sleeping!  I'm going to start taking it in the mornings and at lunch.  It really helps my energy level like crazy!

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I want to say thank you H-C! My husband has had a Colectomy when he was 16. He has some similar absorption issues as post ops. He had a lot of these symptoms I ran out (literally) and got him some magnesium citrate. Within two days most of his symptoms are gone.

 

Thats so exciting!

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Had VSG, but I still supplement with magnesium.  I tend to burn it up easily.  I also take it at night with my calcium and Vit D.  My yoga teacher told me that it was good for the belly so that was reason enough to start.  I have been supplementing since surgery.  

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After reading the threads on magnesium deficiency, I decided to go ahead and order some yesterday (magnesium citrate).  It's scheduled to be delivered on Monday and I look forward to seeing what results I get from it.  While I haven't been having the common constipation issue so many of us get, I have noticed more muscle twitches/spasms, a strong lack of energy and a couple other of the symptoms listed on HC's post.

 

I ordered 200 mg caplets - I figure I can start with 1 or 2 a day and move up from there.  My concern is that I shouldn't take it with some of the other supplements/pills I'm taking now.  Does anyone know if it doesn't mix well with any other vitamins or minerals we might be taking?

 

I actually just answered my own question with a little research.  Found this site and checked everything I'm taking:

http://reference.medscape.com/drug-interactionchecker

 

Other than the interactions with Iron that I already knew about, I'm good to take the magnesium in the morning with my main batch of pills.  :)

Edited by Birdienut

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I'd do a google search for magnesium interactions with "x" and see what comes up.

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