Anyone benefited from Magnesium for migraine?

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deltaforce
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   Posted 3/14/2012 3:12 AM (GMT -7)   
Hello folks,

I have chronic migraine, previously every 3rd day. Zomig and Imitex didn't help, so went on to metoprolol and then topamax, non helped. Now on Verapamil, migraine frequency reduced to about 2-3 times a month but the episode lasts for a day or two and feels dull all the time. Basically I am useless and hopeless during that time. I would like to get rid of this migraine somehow.

Tried butterbur extract for 5 months, no results. Now planning to start Magnesium supplement. Before I start I would like to know if anybody out here that benefited from Magnesium supplement, if yes which one you took and how much. If not, which one you tried and how much and how long?

Thanks in advance.
Diagnosed March 2007 with left sided UC at the age of 30.
Currently on,
Colazal 9 daily, Imuran, 200mg daily, Vit. B12, 1mg, Multivitamin, 1 tablet daily, Fish oil 2400mg daily, Vit D 2000 IU daily, Butterbur 150mg daily.

Verapamil 240mg for migraine, Migraine episode now at least twice a month,
Ibuprofen 400mg is the only solution (but leads to bleeding). Looking for alternatives.

leeham987
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   Posted 3/14/2012 3:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I have been advised to take magnesium citrate and vitamin b2. I'm currently on 200mg of each.

I take 100mg in the morning and 100mg in the evening.

only started last week, supposed to take a month or 2 to see any real benefit. currently have a migraine today :(

deltaforce
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   Posted 3/14/2012 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
So sorry for the migraine. Its so debilitating. I had it on monday :( Whole day was just a waste..
 
What brands of both do you use? and what other medications you are on?
If you have weblinks for the products you are using, I will appreciate those.
 
BTW, isn't Mg dose is 6mg/kg of body weight? So 100mg is little low or you have be advised to up the dose later once you get used to this dose?

leeham987
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   Posted 3/18/2012 6:42 AM (GMT -7)   
http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=246&searchterm=magnesium%20citrate&rdcnt=1

http://www.hollandandbarrett.com/pages/product_detail.asp?pid=37&prodid=182&cid=239&sid=0

they're the products i used.

i've stopped taking them at the moment, since i started taking them, i now have a headache i've had for 7 days :(

might be a coincidence, but thought best to just stop taking them, as i've never had a migraine last this long.

notsosicklygirl
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   Posted 3/18/2012 11:02 AM (GMT -7)   
I tried Mg without success. i am now on Pristiq for prevention and I have been doing really well!
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WantRelief302
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   Posted 3/19/2012 1:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I think Mg is helping reduce my severity of my daily chronic migraines. I take 250mg in morning and then in the afternoon. It can cause softer stools....so beware if that can be an issue for you....

WantRelief302
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   Posted 3/19/2012 1:41 PM (GMT -7)   
I think Mg is helping reduce my severity of my daily chronic migraines. I take 250mg in morning and then in the afternoon. It can cause softer stools....so beware if that can be an issue for you....

deltaforce
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   Posted 3/19/2012 3:32 PM (GMT -7)   
Thanks everyone for chiming in,
 
@ WantRelief302,
Could you please tell me what brand are you using (weblink most welcome)? Why do you prefer morning and afternoon instead of morning and evening? The reason behind this question is, making it morning and evening gives you equal time between the doses..
 
With the loose stools, I am on Verapamil which has a constipative side effect so I think it will compensate. I just have to watch if I go in colitis flare, it could get worse. Thanks for pointing that out too.

Cherylmor
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   Posted 3/20/2012 2:40 PM (GMT -7)   
I am happy to let you know (and I am crossing my fingers that it continues), that I started taking magnesium about 2 weeks ago (250 mg per day) and haven't had a migraine since.  You must understand that in a 2 week period, I will typically have anywhere from 3-10 migraines, so this is like a miracle.  I have suffered with migraines for over 25 years, have been on every medication (Maxalt, Imitrex, Relpax, etc), every preventative (topamax, beta blockers, anti-depressants, etc).  I have also tried acupuncture, chriopractic, etc with very little improvement.  I am hoping that this is not just a coincidence, but I had to share so that you do try it and I pray that you have as postive experience as I have had...Cheryl 

tracie-lcb
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   Posted 3/27/2012 6:28 PM (GMT -7)   
i have chronic migraines. i have tried many different things, almost all have been mentioned.

i get the best results from Amerge, which also comes in generic. the downside is only 9 pills in a full prescription and it can only be refilled every 21 days per legal reasons according to the pharmacy. sometimes a whole pill will put me on my back. in order to work i will take 1/2 a pill in the am and the other half in the afternoon. i also take 1-2 diff blood pressure meds as well.

i considered the magnesium but found on another site that in order for this to really work, you must have a magnesium deficiency. will speaking with my doctor soon about this. currently i'm on a one month run with at least 5 days a week pain. some days so bad i cannot let my mouth close enough for my teeth to touch. also glasses extremely painful. one day the light from my cell phone and the light from my frig just about made me insane. i get the every day migraines for a month-3 months about 2-3 times a year. i'm almost 46. was given some great new drugs (non migraine specific) and although i enjoyed being high, the pain was still there.

Tovaladymom
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   Posted 6/8/2013 5:30 PM (GMT -7)   
deltaforce said...
Hello folks,

I have chronic migraine, previously every 3rd day. Zomig and Imitex didn't help, so went on to metoprolol and then topamax, non helped. Now on Verapamil, migraine frequency reduced to about 2-3 times a month but the episode lasts for a day or two and feels dull all the time. Basically I am useless and hopeless during that time. I would like to get rid of this migraine somehow.

Tried butterbur extract for 5 motnths, no results. Now planning to start Magnesium supplement. Before I start I would like to know if anybody out here that benefited from Magnesium supplement, if yes which one you took and how much. If not, which one you tried and how much and how long?

Thanks in advance.

I hear and know you're pain!
I have been bumped around from Dr to Dr,always prescribing SOMETHING instead of finding the root of what was going on!
I finally figured out on my own that the drugs and the not knowing what was going on caused me to be very magnesium depleted!
Long story short.... I ran to my local health supplement store and got a natural magnesium supplement along with magnesium oil to apply directly on the skin,I had nothing to lose,I'm glad I did what I did.
In just a matter of hours my symptoms are already improving!
Try the magnesium oil.... It works!

Chooch
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   Posted 6/9/2013 6:07 PM (GMT -7)   
I am on Mg oxide and Vit B complex. I have noticed a difference in my migraines. I have had my migraine since Nov. 12. I still have the pain everyday, but have noticed that they are not so severe. I am hoping that this helps keep the edge off. I am wanting to try the Botox.

Tovaladymom
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   Posted 6/9/2013 8:01 PM (GMT -7)   
Have you had a blood panel done?
If you haven't,you probably should!
Don't accept their "clinical" results either.
That is a basic scale that applies to the general population not for what you as an individual may or may not need!
You're levels are probably way different than a 300 lb. man or a child.
(My sodium level was WAY low but they "forgot" to mention that)...said it was close enough to the "clinical" normal.
Plus they forgot to mention the side effects from the prescriptions they kept insisting I needed was eating my minerals as fast as I put them in my body until it got to a crisis state for me.
Even then they STILL had not figured it out,I did!
I have lost faith in the medical fields I have access to around me,they looked at me with a smirk as if I was crazy and prescribed MORE pills.
Needless to say I finally had a *** moment and pieced it all together.
Guess what I was right! I'm feeling like I'm not dying anymore...no thanks to them!
My point is do not trust or believe any Dr if they aren't willing to really try to find the root of the problem and not mask it with a pill.
A simple blood work up and and IV would have worked wonders but I figure if they fix you,you don't need them so you won't go back.
NO $$$$ in that now is there... confused confused

Chooch
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   Posted 7/6/2013 7:15 AM (GMT -7)   
I take Mag. Oxide and Vit B complex and they have helped alot, but unfortunately I do still have the migraines
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crochetlady
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   Posted 7/11/2013 4:59 PM (GMT -7)   
I have suffered from migraines for 23 years. The worst of the worst. Lasts for 2 days, vomiting every 30 minutes til I dry heave. I also have epilepsy and mitral valve prolapse. I recently read and article that stated that people with these three conditions are deficient in magnesium. I have only been taking it for about a week, so I am hoping it will help. Also my doctor put me on a beta-blocker called propranolol. He told me that 60% of people with migraines have good migraine control with this drug. It is a blood pressure medication. You have to take it everyday as a migraine prophylaxis. I have only been taking it for about a month, but I can already tell it is helping me. It may help you also. I think the magnesium is a good idea too! Good luck. :-)
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