Fibromyalgia help & hope

The journey to discovering you have this disease is itself often a painful one. Orthopaedic doctors, Neurologists and even sometimes the Psychiatrist have been involved and we know of people who have had multiple investigative surgeries, without success but plenty of scar tissue to show for it.

It’s as if the medical world has a blind spot for this syndrome.

The pain is real enough though. Magnesium can offer help and hope and if you are the end of a long diagnostic journey, you know that hope is important, hope for a good night’s sleep, hope for a pain free day, hope for the old you to make a comeback.

As a sufferer you will already know that the root cause of Fibromyalgia is still poorly understood.

What is known is that the cause is thought to have multiple triggers and sources.

Below is a list of the symptoms commonly associated with Fibromyalgia:

Common symptoms include:

Morning stiffness
Headaches
Irregular sleep patterns
An irritable bowel
Painful menstrual periods (Dysmenorrhea)
Hands and feet tingle and can feel numb
Restless leg syndrome
Sensitivity to cold or heat
Fibro fog (memory problems, cognitive problems).

The following signs and symptoms are also possible

Widespread pain
Problems with vision
Nausea
Pelvic and urinary problems
Weight gain
Dizziness
Cold/flu like symptoms
Jaw pain and stiffness
Skin problems
Chest symptoms
Depression
Anxiety
Myofascial pain syndrome (pain/tiredness in muscles and adjacent fibrous tissues)
Breathing problems.

When I first came across people with ‘fibro’ I was somewhat amazed because so many things on that list (by no means all) are also the same symptoms that dagnesium deficiency produces.

Whilst we are not suggesting that magnesium deficiency is yet another possible cause, we do know that topical magnesium can often be very effective at tackling and alleviating those same symptoms.

We personally know people who have many of these symptoms. Magnesium is helping them today and every day to get their lives back on track, on their own terms.

Try it now. If you get relief from just one of those symptoms it will be worth it. If you get relief from more than one, we expect you’ll be shouting it from the rooftops, in the gym, on the sports field, the swimming pool, the dance floor and all those other places. You can be more like the person you were before this entered your life.

As always with our blog posts we have to state that we are not talking about oral magnesium supplements (tablets and powders) as they just don’t always work to raise your magnesium levels, much is lost in the gut (and oral magnesium is a laxative too.)

If you have tried oral magnesium tablets for your Fibromyalgia and it didn’t work, you shouldn’t give up on magnesium, you should be taking it correctly and that is topically. (Via the skin).

Most sufferers have already come to the end of their tether, tired and disillusioned with all the claims of a cure. This actually works. If you disagree, we will cheerfully refund your money.

We suggest you start with bath flakes so you can immerse yourself in all that good magnesium.

This helps lower back pain

Have you ever experienced back pain? Most of us have.

The Australian Bureau of Statistics National Board of Health in 2012 said that a whopping 90% of us will experience this debilitating problem at some time. An orthopaedic surgeon I know suggested that, in his view, because we have evolved faster than other mammals, our lumbar vertebrae are simply not designed to be bearing the weight of an upright spine. It’s an interesting theory, especially since most lower-back problems occur around L4 and L5 in the lower back.

The lifestyle we have racing ahead of the bodies ability to adapt is well promoted theory for many things, including why we still have an appendix but not why men have nipples, no-one knows that.

The National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases lists many other options which mainly come back to being unfit, a symptom of our increasingly sedentary lifestyle. The best things you can do is to stay fit (though this does not always work…see story below) and avoid getting too overweight.

At Magnesium Guru we obviously know the power of transdermal magnesium is at treating lower back pain. Daily use can have a dramatic and immediate impact. I have lost count of how many people who have thanked us for introducing them to this simple and cost effective treatment. You have everything to gain and nothing to lose from trying it.

Magnesium for joint pain

Magnesium for joint pain

Low magnesium can cause problems with the functioning of your skeletal muscles, including twitching, sore muscles, back and neck pain, and headaches. Additionally, patients who suffer from chronic joint pain conditions such as osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis often have abnormally low levels of magnesium, and may also be at a higher risk of developing osteoporosis, according to the National Institutes of Health Osteoporosis and Related Bone Diseases National Resource Center.

Osteoporosis and rheumatoid arthritis are linked to a magnesium deficiency, either due to low dietary intake or malabsorption problems, says clinical nutritionist Krispin Sullivan on her website.

Regular readers of the Magnesium Guru will already know that the best way to get magnesium into your system is by spraying it or rubbing it into the skin or taking a bath with magnesium flakes dissolved in it.

For joint pain it works really well and quickly if sprayed directly onto the affected area.

A long soak in the bath is also very effective and a great way to unwind every day, added magnesium flakes into the water enhances the relaxing effect whilst treating all joints for pain.

So transdermal magnesium for joint pain might be the solution that has eluded you so far.

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Magnesium & migraine

Studies have shown that migraine sufferers tend to have low brain magnesium during migraine attacks (1) and may also suffer from magnesium deficiency. (2,3)

Magnesium deficiency may also play a particularly important role in menstrual migraines (4).
Two controlled trials have shown that oral magnesium supplementation (taking in by mouth) is effective in headache prevention (5,6) however we would assert that transdermal magnesium (via the skin) will be even more effective because more magnesium is absorbed, much more efficiently.

As if to prove our point about oral magnesium a third study was negative (7), but this result has been attributed to the use of a poorly absorbed magnesium salt, as diarrhea occurred in almost half of patients in the treatment group.

This is because magnesium taken orally is a laxative!

In general, the published trials yielded mixed results, with favourable effects reported for acute treatment of patients with aura and possibly also menstrual migraine prevention.

References

  1. Ramadan NM, Halvorson H, Vande-Linde A. Low brain magnesium in migraine. Headache. 1989;29:590–593.
  2. Trauinger A, Pfund Z, Koszegi T, et al. Oral magnesium load test in patients with migraine. Headache. 2002;42: 114–119.
  3. Mauskop A, Altura BM. Role of magnesium in the pathogenesis and treatment of migraine. Clin Neurosci. 1998; 5:24–27.
  4. Mauskop A, Altura BT, Altura BM. Serum ionized magnesium in serum ionized calcium/ionized magnesium ratios in women with menstrual migraine. Headache. 2001;42:242–248.
  5. Facchinetti F, Sances G, Borella P, et al. Magnesium prophylaxis of menstrual migraine: effects on intracellular magnesium. Headache. 1991; 31:298–301.
  6. Peikert A, Wilimzig C, Kohne-Volland R. Prophylaxis of migraine with oral magnesium: results from a prospective, multicenter, placebo-controlled and double-blind randomized study. Cephalalgia. 1996;16:257–263.
  7. Pfaffenrath V, Wessely P, Meyer C, et al. Magnesium in the prophylaxis of migraine—a double-blind placebo-controlled study. Cephalalgia. 1996; 16:436–440.