What a life...

When you have chronic conditions nothing is ever simple. I went to the doctor because this nausea thing is getting out of control and way too long lasting to be any kind of flu. So first, blood work, although my other blood work was fine, so he does not think an inflection. Next, ultrasound, cause stomach does not hurt, nausea with no obvious patterns. Then he added an MRI of my head, cause it has been awhile since that has been 'looked at'. It has been about four years since I got my CAT scan. And maybe the nausea could be brain or migraine related. But still, one symptom of nausea, bad certainly, but just one thing and walk out with blood work, ultrasound and an MRI... who else can say that? Crazy. Yet a sign of a good doctor and one who is thourough. But unfortunately it does little for me and my totally unsettled stomach... so it is anti-nausea meds for me until this either goes away as abruptly as it came or.. something.

I guess it kill a killer migraine you gotta go all at it

After treating my killer migraine as agressively as I can based on what I have, it did not kill the migraine, but made it a bit better for part of the day. What it did do, is made it so I could sleep and get up without another morning migraine. So successful. But I had another whopper today, early afternoon. So I again took the abortive right away and it just did not work well, took a T3 and that did not quite cut it, but I should not take more than that. You just can't treat all of them agressively, becuase then you end up with not being able to take any more abortives that week and having only painkillers as a fall back. So I am just suffering right now and hoping for a good sleep. But tommorow is Friday, so that is good, and a long weekend which is awesome.

Reasons to take Magnesium

My mom read an article on MVP and she thought it sounded just like me, and that I should take magnesium. I told her it had crossed my mind back in the day as well, and maybe I do. But even so, there are two other reasons to take magnesium: migraines and FMS. So I bought some and am starting slow and working my way up. I am hoping it will help with the muscles spasms at the least.


Reason One:

It looks like magnesium supplements may work as a migraine preventative and magnesium deficiency can cause migraines. Worth a shot.



Should You Be Taking Magnesium?
Two doubleblind studies have shown that magnesium supplementation may reduce the frequency of migraine. In research studies, we have found that magnesium levels affect serotonin receptors, and also have an effect on nitric oxide synthesis and release, as well as on NMDA receptors—all brain structures and chemicals suspected to be important in migraine. In small studies, both migraine and cluster headache patients have responded acutely to intravenous magnesium. In a larger double-blind controlled study, the treatment group, receiving 600mg of magnesium for a 12 week period, experienced a 41.6% reduction in headaches as compared to only 15.8% reduction in migraine headaches in the placebo group.-- The Daily Headache



Magnesium Deficiency & Migraines


Which leads to Reason Number 2- When you have a Fibromyalgia migraine combo platter you find a bit of an additional pattern. Often people with FMS are deficient in magnesium, simply because of the sleep disorders, less growth hormone, and there fore less magnesium.


Magnesium deficiency is therefore one of many problems in people with fibromyalgia which is due to or influenced by the sleep disturbance. So while it's possible to attain some benefit from taking magnesium, treating any sleep disorder is just as helpful, if not more so.

Magnesium is extremely important to many functions in the body, which is why a deficiency can cause many different symptoms. It is most widely known for being needed for proper bone formation. With a deficiency, bones will be soft, and it can play a role in osteoporosis However, magnesium is also the activating mineral for at least 350 different enzymes in the body, more than any other mineral, so it is crucial for many of the metabolic functions in the body. Magnesium is necessary for almost all the enzymes that allow the glycolytic and Krebs cycles to turn the sugar and fat we eat into ATP. Low levels of ATP have commonly been found in people with fibromyalgia, and it is believed that this plays an important role in many of the fibromyalgia symptoms. Thus, a magnesium deficiency would definitely be a factor in worsening those symptoms.

Magnesium is extremely necessary for proper ATP synthesis, because ATP is stored in the body as a combination of magnesium and ATP, which is known as MgATP. ATP requires magnesium in order to be stable. Without magnesium, ATP would easily break down into other components, ADP and inorganic phosphate.

The brain heavily relies ATP for many functions. In fact, 20% of total body ATP is located in the brain. Thus, low levels of ATP can diminish brain cognitive functions, a common problem in people with fibromyalgia.

Adequate magnesium is necessary for proper muscle functioning. Magnesium deficiency promotes excessive muscle tension, leading to muscle spasms, tics, restlessness, and twitches. This is due to an imbalance of the ratio of calcium to magnesium, as calcium controls contraction, while magnesium controls relaxation. Plus, in fibromyalgia, changes are seen in the muscles, such as "significantly lower than normal phosphocreatine and ATP levels" and "values for phosphorylation potential ... also were significantly reduced":Role of magnesium in FMS


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