Magnesium Intake, Does anyone know how much is too much?

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   Posted 8/31/2009 7:18 PM (GMT -7)   
Just wondering because I am trying to get rid on the muscle spasms,  stiffness etc.  I want to take the max possible.  Has anyone done this or had a doctor's advise on what the max is?  I know between 300 to 400 mg is daily recommended but I'm hoping to get more results from taking more.  Thank you for your input.

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   Posted 8/31/2009 7:28 PM (GMT -7)   
My doctor told me to slowly build up and back down when I got diarrhea. So, I take 1000 mg daily. that is my limit before I get diarrhea! If you have constipation problems, it will help.

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   Posted 8/31/2009 8:48 PM (GMT -7)   
There are some doctors that advise against Magnesium because it helps build what they say is biofilms around the infections we carry.
Just a side note. I know doctors can differ on this subject

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   Posted 9/1/2009 11:22 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank  you.  I have been having problems with constip and also muscle stiffness etc and was hoping the magnesium would help.  But the 400mg daily dose did nothing for me. 

So are you saying that taking magnesium might actually help the bacteria to resist my efforts to get rid of them? 

Wow.  I'm going to a Rheumy in a few days I will ask his opinion--hope he knows enough about this to make a difference for me.  Thank you for your input.

Anyone else know if Magnesium helps or hurts?

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   Posted 9/1/2009 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
IMHO- it would be best to talk to an LLMD about Mag. & about what dose would be appropriate for you.

I have used Mag. successfully for my IBS/ C. Although, each LD patient requires such highly individualized treatments, that we all must be

very careful what supplements & prescriptions we take & how.

So please be very careful - none of us wishes to feel any worse than we already do.
- Traveler
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   Posted 9/1/2009 5:50 PM (GMT -7)   
There are several kinds of magnesiums - magnesium oxide, magnesium lactate, magnesium malate, magnesium stearate. The kind you take relates to how much your body keeps and how much it can use. I think it's just the oxide kind which clears constipation - might be wrong.

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   Posted 9/1/2009 5:52 PM (GMT -7)   
Forgot to say - I just built up until muscle pain disappeared. Then after awhile would drop back to see if muscle pains came back. If so, I increased again. I believe you have to always also take calcium with magnesium. (That's worth a google search.)

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   Posted 9/1/2009 7:30 PM (GMT -7)   
Magnesium oxide is dumped into the system at once so it is more likely to cause diarrhea. The chelated forms of magnesium are absorbed more slowly. I take magnesium citrate. Magnesium is hard to overdose on so I wouldn't worry about it. I take about 1000 mg. I actually just dump about a third of a teaspoon into some milk. I give it to my horses as it is good for nervousness (when horses tend to shy), a must for horses with insulin resistance or for horses with muscle soreness that tend to cramp up. It makes a huge difference so I am sure it is equally helpful to people with similar conditions. I give them up to 10 grams a day. Therefore a person, could easily pound for pound, take 1000 mg (one gram). A teaspoon of magnesium citrate has about 3 grams. I buy mine from by the pound.

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   Posted 9/2/2009 12:26 AM (GMT -7)   
JMHO, ya'll need to keep in mind that lyme can and does weaken the liver, and when you take high dose of anything like Vits or sups it has to work a lot harder to rid your body of them.

my friend Shawn who is basically dying from lyme right now, had a harden liver do to all the meds she has been placed on, added to what lyme did to it.

Friday was her last day of chemo. if her lyme does not go into remission then there is nothing else her LLMD will do for her. yes this disease can and does kill good folks. so please thing long about what you do without talking to a Dr who knows and understands what lyme can do to you.

wishing everyone better soon :)
still looking for answers.
Remember that advice is free, its your choice what you do with it.  :)

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   Posted 9/2/2009 5:42 AM (GMT -7)   
Transdermal mag oil that you spray on, bypassing the gut, looks interesting.

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   Posted 9/2/2009 10:40 AM (GMT -7)   

Thank you so much for all of your responses.  I am hopeful the magnesium will make big difference for me with the muscle spasms etc. 

Does anyone know about Twin Labs?  I got their Magnesium (Oxide) Tabs.  Is this a good one to take?

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   Posted 9/2/2009 3:42 PM (GMT -7)   
You may want to consider getting magnesium with malic acid in the future. Malic acid is found in apples and other fruit. Many people with fibro find it very helpful with muscle spasms, muscle pain, and fatigue. You can do a search in the Fibro forum to read more about it.

I have a long history of Lyme Disease and I've been taking mag/malic acid for about 9 months and it makes helps me a lot. No more muscle spasms, less pain, and my muscles recover a lot faster after exercise.

If you are considering taking it, you'll probably have to order it online. It can be hard to find.
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