So, two weeks of twice weekly magnesium intermuscular shots, and my RBC magnesium is a point LOWER!Â And I started to show signs of calcium definciency; tingly lips, numb hands and feet.Â My twitching seems slightly better though.Â Two of the 6 seemed to give me a day of relief.
I went to an endocronologist, since my Parathryoid Hormone was low from the low magnesium.Â It’s normal now after the shots.Â She suggested calcitrol to raise the calcium levels for a week (the lowest dose every other day so as not to raise them too fast.)Â And added calcium supplements.Â So now I’m taking about 800 – 1000 mg. of magnesium glycinate a day.Â I tried citrate one night, and that gave me diarrhea.Â And 1300 mg. of calcium citrate, along with an iron tab seperated from the cal/mag and a multi vitamin twice a day.
I can’t say I’m much better, and am very frustrated that it is so hard to replete.
I’m also doing transdermal magnesium, supposedly about 200 mg. a day.Â I’ll add back in the footbaths, since that seemed to help a few months ago.Â I’m hoping to consult with a physiologist or someone with more experience with bowel disease and longstanding mineral deficincies.Â My local nutritional MD thinks it will take 3-6 months to replete, depending on absorption.
I’m in my happy week, but I dread the coming menses.Â Last month, my PMS landed the week of my cycle instead, with full drenching night sweats and increased anxiety.Â But I only needed to use Ambien two nights out of the last 2 months, so sleep is improving.Â I haven’t upped the Celexa; still at 20 mg., but it will be a happy day when enough magnesium enters my cells and I don’t feel a constant background of jitters, twitches, tics, and worry.Â Sometimes I wonder if I should just go to 30 or 40 mg. to survive the repletion time.
Patience is not my strong point.Â I want to be better now.
And I’m dying for a cup of strong, black tea, and chocolate, but that’s what helped me get into this mess, so instead, I have blackstrap molasses tea with Good Earth decaf.Â It’s like a gingerbread cookie in a cup, and full of iron, calcium and magnesium!Â And I’m taking kelp supplements.Â When I’m desperate, I’ll have a cup of decaf with milk, and linger over the scent of it.Â I’m so addicted.
I’d enjoy my remission if I weren’t suffering so much.Â Sigh.