Taking magnesium for migraines..?

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Rose1902
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   Posted 5/16/2012 12:00 PM (GMT -6)   
I was recently diagnosed with migraines. My doctor said that before putting me on a medication, I should try taking 400mgs of magnesium oxide every day and see if that would help. I've been taking the magnesium for about a month now, and I haven't noticed any improvements. I'm not sure how long it would take for this to work, but I'm guessing it should have helped by now. Have any of you tried magnesium oxide for your migraines? Was it helpful? Please let me know. Thanks! 

korbnep
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   Posted 5/16/2012 3:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Rose:

I take anywhere from 800 to 1200 mg of magnesium a day. I've found that it might help a little in terms of controlling headaches due to the fact that it's a weak NMDA receptor agonist, which partially blocks glutamate binding -- a major factor in the headache process. Aside from that it helps manage constipation that can be caused by a lot of medications, especially opiate pain killers.

Hope this information was helpful. Generally speaking, with these sort of things my neurologist and I will end up saying, "Well, it can't hurt." I'd talk to your doctor about increasing the dosage and giving it a couple of more months.

Best regards,

Ben
DX: NDPH (2003-present), CRPS (1998-?)
RX: Lamictal, Indomethacin, Provigil, Viibyrd, Oxycontin, Clonazepam, Zyprexa, Melatonin, Magnesium, Boswellia Serrata extract (Boswellic acid)

CPAP for mild sleep apnea
PRN: Ketamine nasal spray, Oxycodone

If you'd like to talk about headaches or just life, tweet or follow me @ twitter.com/InBensHead.

Post Edited (korbnep) : 5/16/2012 3:50:34 PM (GMT-6)


HookEm
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   Posted 5/17/2012 12:25 AM (GMT -6)   
Rose1902-I have had migraines since I was 7 and am now 60. My neurologist in working with the pain clinic at his hospital has me on 800mg of magnesium glycinate twice a day. I get this from a compounding pharmacist by prescription and not over the counter. A much more potent magnesium. Also, I take 2 grams of magnesium glycinate by I V every week. I was skeptical at first but after 6 months I have gotten much better. I have an appointment tomorrow and am hoping to increase the Mag I V to 4 grams every other week. It is my understanding that you need to be taking the mag glycinate and not mag oxide. Big difference in how your body absorbs them. I pray this information will help you and with God's help and that of your Doctor , you will get some relief. You may not be cured but a significant decrease in occurrence should be a blessing.

korbnep
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   Posted 5/17/2012 9:28 AM (GMT -6)   
Yes, magnesium glycinate yields a greater amount of absorbed magnesium. However, before going through the trouble of finding and using a compounding pharmacy and considering IV treatments you might just want to try an increased does of the magnesium oxide.

Ben
DX: NDPH (2003-present), CRPS (1998-?)
RX: Lamictal, Indomethacin, Provigil, Viibyrd, Oxycontin, Clonazepam, Zyprexa, Melatonin, Magnesium, Boswellia Serrata extract (Boswellic acid)

CPAP for mild sleep apnea
PRN: Ketamine nasal spray, Oxycodone

If you'd like to talk about headaches or just life, tweet or follow me @ twitter.com/InBensHead.

Rose1902
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   Posted 5/18/2012 4:12 PM (GMT -6)   
Thank you both for your helpful responses! :)

lubdien
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   Posted 6/5/2012 8:29 AM (GMT -6)   
@ Rose is magnesium oxide ok as in free from and side affects thanks very interested in this ? THANKS

meshell67
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   Posted 7/8/2012 10:06 PM (GMT -6)   
Hello Rose
I was a chronic migraine sufferer. I have written an article solely on Why magnesium is so important to migraine sufferers.
I go into more detail about the forms of magnesium and why. There is to much info to write here. The article it is posted on selfgrowth if you wish to read more on why I recommend the spray on....
I do not recommend the oxide at all. I have had my own tests and many years of trying the different forms of magnesium,with no change, then I learned about spray on magnesium. This form of magnesium I can HIGHLY recommend to use as it helped me IMMENSLY!!!!
I honestly have tried so many of the tablet forms of magnesium and they did not change a thing, however 10-12 weeks of the spray on form of magnesium which is magnesium chloride made such a noticeable difference.
I hope this helps :-)

mercyme
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   Posted 7/11/2012 8:55 PM (GMT -6)   
Meshell, where do you purchase the spray on magnesium? What do you think about the magnesium oil? I have daily chronic migraines, I take magnesium but have never tried the spray or oil magnesium. I have way too many migraine medications and other medications that are suppose to treat migraines to even type them here. I am desperate to find something that would help at least give me a couple of days a week free of some of the pain.

I deal with neck pain with my migraines too. I pray that you all find relief from your migraines.

Many Blessings ~ :)

meshell67
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   Posted 7/12/2012 2:13 AM (GMT -6)   
Hello mercyme, Yes I totally believe in the magnesium oil for helping me immensely with my chronic migraines that I was getting daily to the extent I felt I had no way out.... The magnesium was only part of my solution that helped to get me where I am today, which I only have a couple of very small migraines a month and I am able to cope with no medications and as I detox more. There is underlying imbalances in our bodies that causes the migraines and I cannot go into this on this forum. There is so much more that I have learnt, the two major things that helped me from the chronic daily migraines was, cutting back off my medications, and taking the magnesium oil, and for the start I was getting IV magnesium when I had a bad attack. Building up the body with magnesium does help, search Why magnesium is So important to migraine sufferers. The magnesium is called derma mag. I do understand I was in a bad place with waking to migraines averaging 26 a month. The medications were rebounding and making me very sick.. I never thought at the time I could get to the place I am now, but I have, and there is a way out, we can heal and we can get better, I know this for sure.

freyd
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   Posted 7/17/2012 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I tried it once expecting it can help relax my muscle and nerves (given that it’s a magnesium source) but instead of relief I experienced the other way around. An hour after I take it I begun feeling dizziness, itching and cramping, though it is studied by professionals to be a nerve relaxing agent.

shuks
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   Posted 12/19/2012 11:34 AM (GMT -6)   
meshell67 said...
Hello mercyme, Yes I totally believe in the magnesium oil for helping me immensely with my chronic migraines that I was getting daily to the extent I felt I had no way out.... The magnesium was only part of my solution that helped to get me where I am today, which I only have a couple of very small migraines a month and I am able to cope with no medications and as I detox more. There is underlying imbalances in our bodies that causes the migraines and I cannot go into this on this forum. There is so much more that I have learnt, the two major things that helped me from the chronic daily migraines was, cutting back off my medications, and taking the magnesium oil, and for the start I was getting IV magnesium when I had a bad attack. Building up the body with magnesium does help, search Why magnesium is So important to migraine sufferers. The magnesium is called derma mag. I do understand I was in a bad place with waking to migraines averaging 26 a month. The medications were rebounding and making me very sick.. I never thought at the time I could get to the place I am now, but I have, and there is a way out, we can heal and we can get better, I know this for sure.


can you share some more info on how you have helped your migraines?

All's Well
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   Posted 6/5/2015 2:52 AM (GMT -6)   
I started getting migraines about 10 years ago and have had them 2-3x/month (which I realize isn't much compared to a lot of people). Miserable darn things. about a year ago, in desperation, I thought "hey, magnesium relaxes muscles, think I'll try it for this migraine that's creeping up." Yada yada, now, as soon as I feel one coming one, I take at least 3 caps (300-400mg ea) along with the couple of aspirin or ocassionally ibuprofen. I've taken up to 8 caps of magnesium over the course of a few hours when it's really bad. (The only 'side effect' I've ever had is some diarrhea the next day. A price I'm more than willing to pay!) I also take 1-2 caps daily, then the extra ones as needed.

The upshot is I now feel like I have much more control over what the outcome is going to be, and I'm suffering a whole lot less. In fact, it's fair to say those 48-hour+ whole-body misery sessions have diminished to an evening of relatively mild discomfort.

This result has been the same with various forms of magnesium, including oxide, though I do agree other forms are better given bioavailability. Capsules are always the better choice over tablets for pretty much anything. The binding agents in tablets can make the supplement practically unaccessible to your body. (Magnesium Ultra by Vitacost.com works great for me, as has their oxide form but it seems like I need to take more of that.)

Key tactics for me, aside from the critically-important magnesium, are A) catch it as early as possible, B) stay well hydrated always; I usually drink extra water (filtered!) when symptoms are starting, C) don't skip meals; getting overly hungry can be 'deadly, D) avoid getting overly exhausted, E) get to bed asap... oh! and F) peppermint essential oil on the temples, base of the skull, and center of forehead is also really helpful for me.
Acupuncture can also help a lot, but it can be hard to get a treatment just as you need it; it's mostly better for long-term management.

At a recent visit to a neurologist (for something else), I mentioned how magnesium has been helping with my migraines, and I was gratified when he replied something like "Oh yeh, naturopaths often recommend magnesium to their patients with migraines." Hmm, so how come I never heard about this from the various ND's I've seen over the years...? Thanks guys. : l

Good luck to you!

Post Edited (All's Well) : 6/5/2015 2:55:33 AM (GMT-6)

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