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   Posted 7/19/2012 11:07 AM (GMT -6)   
I am a little confused on magnesium an have read conflicting things. Is magnesium good or bad for acid reflux? I was taking it before Magox400 but in thinking back, it was during a time when all these symptoms starting acting up so I cut them out of my diet. I was thinking of adding them back in but I am not sure what to do.

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   Posted 7/19/2012 12:34 PM (GMT -6)   
magnesium has helped me a great deal. I was having esophageal spasms that were very painful and the magnesium has helped with them. Magnesium is also in Gavsicon which is for heartburn. So for me, the magnesium has been helping me.
Diagnosed GERD, no other medical conditions (this one is enough)

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   Posted 7/21/2012 8:18 PM (GMT -6)   
On another forum (car related) I go to, someone posted a link about how PPIs can lead to magnesium deficiency. The person noticed that after taking magnesium for a few days, their pain symptom -- it was like joint pain or muscle pain or something -- went away.

So at that point I tried it; I had already bought a bottle of Magnesium Citrate I just wasn't taking it. But I had increased my dose of PPI to 40mg a day, now 80mg a day, and had experienced some neck stiffness that I'd never experienced before. A few days after starting the magnesium, it is basically gone.

Placebo effect or not, I don't know. But my gerd/lpr symptom (voice issues, tight throat, bitter taste in mouth) did not change when I started taking it. It certainly didn't make it worse.

So it would probably be worth a shot, especially if you have any unexplained stiffness or pain and are using a PPI.

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   Posted 7/22/2012 4:07 PM (GMT -6)   
Yes, that's right about magnesium - too much leads to diarrhoea. How much it takes to cause that varies from person to person though. PPIs reduce the absorption of calcium, magnesium, zinc and iron, so it's possible we need to replenish all of them if on long term PPIs. One way of doing this is to take magnesium in the morning and calcium at night (when it is best absorbed). Zinc is also best taken at night. It's probably best to introduce new supplements one at a time and keep a diary, just in case they aggravate any symptoms !

New stuff: GERD, Recurrent cystitis/Overactive bladder
Lifelong stuff: Food allergies/intolerance, eczema, asthma
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