Copy of Local TV News report on benefits of Magnesium for Pain, etc.....

Discussion in 'Fibromyalgia Main Forum' started by AJME, Jan 3, 2003.

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    AJME New Member

    The word is spreading :)....Magnesium helps me!

    The Importance of Magnesium

    By Angela Hampton
    There's a new trend in pain management that's giving many patients much-needed relief. Doctors, including one at UNC Chapel Hill, are prescribing the mineral magnesium, before medication, with great results.

    Lynn Suo's life was dominated by pain, from arthritis and fibromyalgia. "The question becomes how will I deal with the pain today."

    She survived on painkillers and steroids for nearly 8 years, but to her surprise, it wasn't a drug, but magnesium supplements, that gave her the most relief. "So I went from being in constant pain almost throughout the day and night to having moments of pain, and for me, that was a huge improvement."

    Lynn's story doesn't surprise pain specialist Linda Rapson. She says about 70 percent of her patients show signs of magnesium deficiency - muscle pain, cramps, constipation and fatigue. "And of those virtually all of them improve when I put them on magnesium. It may sound corny, it sounds almost too good to be true, but it is a fact."

    Magnesium deficiency is also linked to heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Nutritionists say we don't eat enough of the dark green vegetables that contain magnesium, and we don't drink enough hard water, which is rich in minerals. What's more, high sugar - high starch diets, calcium, and stress deplete magnesium.

    Mr. Mildred Seelig of the University of North Carolina is writing a book on magnesium to spread the word. "It's not promoted by any pharmaceutical company because you don't make money selling magnesium." Now, Dr. Seelig and others wants studies to confirm what patients are reporting. "The proof was in the pudding. I could actually walk around. I could get up and down the stairs."

    Doctors caution that magnesium is not a cure-all, but they do believe it's a simple and seemingly effective treatment that's been overlooked. Talk to your doctor about it.

    Last Updated: Jan 3, 2003

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