Went to the dr today ...had a massive breakdown I came off all my meds because I am worried about ESA and being thrown into work ...I can't see work and my pain becoming one I told the dr the pain I'm in she told me to go back on all my meds and also told me to up my magnesium uptake she said it's good if you got fibromyalgia has anyone else been told this ??

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  • Hi My-chinaman

    This has come up a lot recently but i have never been told this myself. I have pasted you an excerpt below from the *WebMD cache on magnesium, so i sincerely hope that you find this useful:

    *Magnesium uses

    Experts say that many people do not eat enough magnesium-rich foods. This mild magnesium deficiency could put them at risk of a number of diseases.

    For instance, there is some evidence that eating foods high in magnesium and other minerals may lower blood pressure. Magnesium supplements may help some people with heart disease, but the British Medical Journal cautions "We need bigger studies to find out for certain if taking magnesium can help to reduce blood pressure." Type 2 diabetes is also associated with low magnesium.

    Intravenous or injected magnesium is used to treat other conditions, such as eclampsia during pregnancy and severe asthma attacks. Magnesium is also the main ingredient in many antacids and laxatives.

    Severe magnesium deficiencies are rare. They are more likely in people who:

    Have kidney disease

    Have Crohn’s disease or other conditions that affect digestion

    Have parathyroid problems

    Take antibiotics or drugs for diabetes or cancer

    Are older adults

    Abuse alcohol


    Doctors sometimes suggest that people in these categories take magnesium supplements.

    Magnesium intake

    Men need 300mg a day of magnesium, Women need 270mg a day.

    Taking more than 400mg of magnesium can cause diarrhoea.

    Magnesium food sources


    Natural food sources of magnesium include:

    Green, leafy vegetables, such spinach


    Brown rice

    Wholegrain bread



    Dairy food


    I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck, and please take care of yourself.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • Hi ken , i have severe asthma and other lung conditions i have been given magnesium on hospital admissions several times but not for pain but I have heard a lot of people talk about it recently so this is really interesting worth investing further,

    Thank you

    Loraine x

  • Hi Loraine121

    I have read myself that Magnesium is used frequently with respiratory issues. I have never had it myself for that though. I think it is worth looking into for pain issues myself. I want to sincerely wish you all the best of luck my friend, and please take care of yourself.

    All my hopes and dreams for you

    Ken x

  • That's quite strange because since my condition has worsened I crave nuts, fish and dairy!!

    I have asthma, fibro, PA and ankylosing spondylitis. I have a handful of Brazil nuts every day if my stomach can tolerate them because of the selenium. I heard that that helps. I also had half of my kidney removed last year but my GP has never mentioned this to me.

  • Hi Paulaw22

    I have food cravings but it is usually for foods that I should not eat! I have never been offered magnesium despite having chronic asthma and COPD either. I only received Acrette D3 to go alongside my Alendronic Acid (for my Osteoporosis) due to the hospital writing to my surgery saying they wanted me to have it.

    I am so genuinely sorry to read about your kidneys, and I genuinely hope that you have a speedy recovery my friend.

    All my hopes and dreams for you


  • Hope u feel better soon x

  • You can also absorb magnesium through the skin by using Epsom salts in the bath. I can confirm that this reduces pain and inflammation which is good for fibromyalgia. You can also get magnesium oil in a spray bottle from chemists. All the best

  • Does the salts work if you use as a foot soak.

    Lynn x

  • Yes it does and helps hands if they hurt too

  • I was wondering if your g.p prescribes the magnesium for you? I found the over the counter stuff was mostly a placebo and additives with about 3% the vitamin, to get 100% vits it needs to come from a doc so that you get the high strength version. What is it that has scared you about ESA and work? have you been assessed? After you saw your g.p could you make yourself a word document of what you told him, add to it the worst scenario ever -if you want to PM me I,ll tell you whats on mine- no fibs no exagerations just facts that some medics don't realise happen to us!

  • Thank you Caz I am in my 2nd year on ESA so I know what to expect this time round the doctor told me she don't prescribe magnesium but are looking in the future too says on ESA if anything has got worse or a new condition then they award you with ESA I had a diagnosis of PTSD after losing my 7 month old and a still born baby term ....

  • So sorry that you feel you has to give up the meds because of the ESA situation no one should be put under such pressure. Sometimes we have to accept that at that moment we need the help of meds to even function and I hope reintroducing them really helps. Many people with fibro for some reason are very short of magnesium so hopefully increasing the dose will help. Do let us know how you are when you have had a certain for the meds to work. Take care.x

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