Magnesium pills

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Magnesium pills

Postby LessRest38 » Mon Jan 13, 2020 9:07 pm

A neighbor suggested that it might be helpful to take magnesium glycinate pills. I don't think she knew anything about restless legs but she gave me a few and I bought a bottle. It wasn't part of my regular routine and during the Xmas holiday I didn't keep up with my magnesium pills. I had a couple of bad nights trying to get to sleep. I have been trying to manage with 2 ropinirole pills but had to go with 3 those nights. It occurred to me that those nights were the ones where I missed taking magnesium. I am back with the pills and life has been better. I also have Barrett's Esophagus and because of it I have taken Nexium for years. I just refilled my prescription and noticed that there was a warning that Nexium over time can reduce the magnesium level. This all kind of falls into place and I plan on continuing the Mg pills. I thought I saw some info about Magnesium in the RLS archives but can't find it when I want it. Are there some recommendations somewhere and does it matter what form the pills should be? What levels should I be looking for and is it a routine blood test?

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Re: Magnesium pills

Postby Polar Bear » Tue Jan 14, 2020 5:04 am

My RLS has been under better control since I came off the ropinerole. Whilst reducing I started to supplement with magnesium. Coincidence or not I will be continuing to take the magnesium.
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Re: Magnesium pills

Postby ViewsAskew » Tue Jan 14, 2020 8:11 am

I don't have any specifics. All I have heard is that if you are low in any of the minerals and vitamins, you may have more symptoms.
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Re: Magnesium pills

Postby Frunobulax » Tue Jan 14, 2020 6:57 pm

Magnesium does bind oxalates. Maybe that's the reason why it helps some of us.

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Re: Magnesium pills

Postby debbluebird » Fri Jan 17, 2020 6:04 am

Magnesium was prescribed for me by the RLS specialist in Denver. It also helps with constipation, if you take opioids.

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Re: Magnesium pills

Postby Bridgercan » Fri Jan 17, 2020 8:43 am

For a brief overview of some of the types of magnesium, benefits, side effects, and studies thereof: is a website I find helpful for its analysis of published scientific studies on dietary supplements.

I supplement at night with a form of magnesium collected from organic algae. It helps a little with sleep, some with constipation, and not at all with my RLS symptoms as far as I can tell.

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