Hi, JLM, and welcome! I use magnesium malate and, yes Karen, this is the same as malic acid/magnesium supplements. The magnesium is bound to malic acid that can be found in apples and the body then recognizes this as food so it is one of the best absorbed of the magnesiums. Magnesium Oxide does not absorb well.
How long did you take the magnesium malate? It has helped quite a few members here but yet there are some that it didn't help. Unfortunately, with this illness, what works for one doesn't necessarily work for another. It's trial and error.
I also take vitamin D3. Many people...not just ones with fibro...are deficient in this vitamin and this can cause pain and fatigue. I was checked, was low, and I now take 5,500 IU of D3 a day. I live in sunny Florida and was still low in vitamin D because I wear sunscreen when I'm outside.
Other supplements that help me with pain are CoQ10, which is an enzyme found in nearly every cell of our bodies, and I also take krill oil. Fish oil gives me diarrhea but krill oil doesn't. Krill is in the shrimp family. You can google this and find a lot of good info about these.
I also use ibuprofen with food but I take three at a time (600 mg). Two at a time did nothing for me. But be sure to take with food to help protect your stomach since ibuprofen can cause stomach ulcers. I also use Tylenol as needed.
If you keep moving, you will do better, too. Since you are so young, you probably do move a lot. Pacing yourself helps, too, along with gentle massages. So, there are quite a few things you can do to help yourself without taking more powerful medications. The only prescription med that I take for fibro and another illness I have, is a muscle relaxer called Robaxin. This has made a significant difference in my pain and I take fewer doses of ibuprofen because of that.
Be sure to read Fibro 101...the first thread on the forum. There are good links about fibro and you will learn a lot there. There are links about magnesium malate and also vitamin D3 and how these work in your body so you might want to check those links out, too.
I'm looking forward to getting to know you better. Don't hesitate to ask questions because we are here to help you. Hope to hear more from you soon.
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