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does magnesium help with headaches

Hi I'm suffering from chronic migraine and stomach problems,made worse by an under active thyroid,can anyone tell me if they have found magnesium to be helpful,many thanks

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Hi I had a severe migraine on tuesday and decided to take the nurse's advice by getting some magnesium supplements I bought them the week before, but I kept putting them off, I took 1 supplement along with a b12 supplement and I think it was vitamin d for my legs, and the migraine halfed within about an hour felt so releaved, I took them again yesterday and didn't end up with a migraine after football, I'm going to take them again, and keep taking them for well forever if I have to but the supplements I get is only 50% of an adult's daily allowance so I don't go over the recommended amount,

Hope this helps,

Take care,

Siobhan x

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Thanks Siobhan,I used a magnesium spray and supplements I also had along with co q 10 last night and it did ease my headaches a bit x

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I'm seeing a neurologist on the 5th february, I'm going to ask about taking 2 supplements a day rather than just the 1 I am taking at the moment, not sure how your migraine's started but mine started as a result of a head/brain injury, but I hope you manage to find something that helps you with your migraines,

Take care,

Siobhan x

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Hi Siobhan,I'm in my mid fifty's and had my first migraine at about 8,they run in my family,over the years they've got worse,and I haven't helped matters because the more painkillers I took the worse they got,so neurologist said come of all medication,which after a while really helped,but I have a thyroid condition which isn't under control and menopause etc hasn't helped,so hoping to feel better when everythings right x

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They run in my family, and indeed my children, I have under active Thyroid also and like most have cut out gluten, however we did all turn out to have Hughes Syndrome/APS. This causes terrible migraines, miscarriage and often sufferers have Thyroid problems. We are all a bit better now our blood is being treated. MaryF

ps I do find magnesium takes the edge off.

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Hi Mary,yes I have read your blogs on the thyroid pages,must say I find them very entertaining,and always look forward to reading them,I have heard you mention Hughes syndrome before,but I have never had a doctor mention it to me,is it a blood test that you get to check you out for it?after I asked the question regarding Magnesium,I read you said to rub it on arms,legs etc,thats what I did,I rubbed it all over my body,including my head,really oily,but I must say it did help a bit,Thanks for your reply Mary

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Hughes Syndrome/APS - sticky blood: hughes-syndrome.org/about-h...

If your GP suspects you have this or you get a positive, come back to me, as on our charity web page we have a list of specialists across the UK to be referred to.

MaryF

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Thanks Mary,can I ask you,Is Hughes syndrome something that would be noticed if you had a regular blood test or do they need to actually look for it,I'm at the stage now that I dread to go back to my GP,He must be thinking not her again,I dont seem to have been away from the doctors for the last 4 month

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No it would not show up unless they looked for it, and also take into account your family history, a few are sero negative meaning that they have it and it does not show up, but for many it does, and the test are NOT expensive to do, but make sure if doing them in a surgery setting you do them first thing so they go on the first pick up to the lab as they are sensitive test or take the forms and do them at the hospital. Best of luck. MaryF

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Thanks Mary

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Like the joke about Chicken Soup, "It couldn't hoot!" It's hard for each of us to find what works but Magnesium is excellent for heart-health, so taking it should be overall beneficial.

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thanks for that Fran

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Hi I recently had a appointment, at the London Migraine clinic, I have been told to take magenesium malate, I only purchased Friday and started today, I was told magenesium is good for headaches however can take up to 6 months to be effective (this is what I was told)

i'LL TRY ANYTHING IF IT HELSP

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Hi svalli,when I used the magnesium spray I did feel it helped a bit,it's very oily but I rubbed it all over including my head and it did help a bit,I've started to take supplements now too,I was told to take 500mg magnesium,400mg of B2 and 150mg of co q 10 is good for migraine prevention,I'm going to try and see how I get on,I also used to take butterbur which I found helpful,it was a neurologist that told me about that,so might take that again too,hope you get a good response with your magnesium

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Oh, Thanks I will look in to butter bur, and magnesium oil I do not react well with B2's.

Thanks for the tips

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yes over the last few days I've found the magnesium helpful,although it does burn my skin a bit,but I've read it can do that until you build a tolerance to it,so I've read it best to dilute it 50-50 with water,I've missed out the B2 as I was at my endio a few days ago and I have to much be 12,so just supplementing magnesium and co-q-10,and I do feel a bit better

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