Monday, March 28, 2016

Magnesium and Migraines



Like many women (and men), I suffer(ed) from migraines. I used to get them chronically, and then they somewhat subsided to a couple times a  month. One primary care doctor recommended that I start taking magnesium supplements to help prevent them. And thus started my love affair with magnesium. After a nasty vestibular migraine (that took over a month to diagnose) that was totally cured with a magnesium infusion (thank you Dr. Mauskop for the proper diagnosis and treatment!), I was a total magnesium convert.

But of course, I am a scientist as well, so I needed to do my due diligence into this magnesium-migraine association. And there is quite a bit of science to back up the use of magnesium as a way to prevent migraines. Turns out, a lot of us migraine sufferers are deficient in magnesium. If you have cold hands and feet, leg and foot cramps, bad PMS, and brain foginess, insomnia, you might be deficient in magnesium too.  A magnesium infusion (through an IV) has been shown to help treat a migraine just about as well as some migraine medication, and taking a daily magnesium supplement has also shown to reduce the number and severity of migraines.

There are various forms of magnesium and some are better tolerated by the belly than others. It is recommended you start with 400mg of magnesium and see if it helps. You may have to take a little more, or you may have to take a little less, or you may have to try different type (magnesium glycinate vs. magnesium oxide, for example). Definitely check in with your doctor and see what they think. I for one, have never felt better!








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