Vitamin D and cramp

Hi I have recently started being prescribed Vit D and am now getting foot and leg cramps in the night,

I have just been reading some posts on here and think maybe I need to take magnesium ,but which one and how much do I need to take? Is it Mag Citrate that's best?

I am hypothyroidi and take 75mg,levothyroxin. I also have Fibromyalgia . I take citalopram 20 mg for depression and anxiety and 800 vit d. If anyone could help me I would be so grateful.

Thanks so much. Happy new year to all x

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  • I use 300mg Mag Citrate capsules (one a day) and feel a noticeable difference when I have stoped them for a week. The correct amounts and delivery method most suited for your own situation is not something I could tell you, though I wish otherwise.

  • Hi,

    I also am hypothyroid taking Synthroid at 100 mcg, vit. D 5000 IU, have Fibro and depression and anxiety and more. I take Mg Glycinate 400mg per day and can't tell you which is the best form of Mg for you. Usually a person takes Mg, vit. D and Calcium sometime in the same day as they work together for several health benefits.

    Though you wrote you take levothyroxine 75 mg, I can assure you that you don't take that much. You take 74 mcg...micrograms...not milligrams (mg)...because we can only handle small amounts of hormones since they are so powerful.

  • I forgot to mention Hyland's Leg Cramps, an OTC product you can dissolve in your mouth for fast relief of muscle cramps. We have it in the US but I don't know about the UK. It comes in a red box but inside is a red bottle, not very big. It works on restless legs, too. I hope you can find it.

  • I am so genuinely sorry to read that you are experiencing this issue and I sincerely hope that you can find the answers that you are looking for. I would also discuss this problem with your doctor just to have any other medical conditions ruled out of the equation. I want to genuinely and sincerely wish you all the best of luck.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken x :)

  • Hylands leg cramps tablets can be brought off Amazon after reading am ordering some myself as people have given really good write ups about them.

  • Hi Muttleykins,

    As well as taking oral magnesium, try taking an epsom salt bath in the evening. It's made of calcium magnesium carbonate, & is very soothing to the nervous system, helping to reduce pain. There are also sprays for the skin, that you can use in the evening. A big 25kg bag is under £16 from the bidding website sells lots of things.


  • I am currently taking Magnesium 266mg,,with Zinc 10mg at a daily dose of 2 per day,,, I have read that magnesium works better with zinc,,, the list of what's in it says it is Magnesium Oxide and Zinc Gluconate,,,, and all the other bulking agents and shaping and coating stuff,,,this came from Holland & Barrett,,,,

    Magnesium also contributes to :

    . normal function of the nervous system

    .normal energy yielding metabolism

    Zinc also contributes to:

    . normal function of the immune system

    . cell division

    . normal fertility and reproduction

    The front of the bottle also tells you that, magnesium contributes to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue and normal muscle function,,,zinc contributes to the maintenance of normal bones

    I hope this helps you, I have only been taking this for about 2 weeks,,so it is early days,(and I have forgotten a couple of times),,ttfn from Karen

  • Hi everyone thank you so much for you very helpful replies . It's so comforting that people are here to help me. The Magnesium I have got is ,'Now' Mg. Citrate 100% pure powder half a teaspoon in water with a meal a day!

    Thanks again Barbara x

  • Hi,

    I'd just like to point out that ISSUES have been raised with a simplistic view of supplementing with the prohormone that we call "vitamin D3" for a number of years now, which seem to particularly apply to those with certain chronic illnesses. See for example:

    On magnesium supplementation, you may also like to consider "magnesium flakes" and Mark Sircus' book Transdermal Magnesium Therapy, about which there are decent reviews on Amzn UK.

    However, it MAY be that lower levels of magnesium found in red-cells in certain conditions ( like CFS/ME . . . . and ?FM?) are the RESULT of the condition, rather than one causal factor.

    Best wishes !

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