View Full Version : My Hubby is smarter than the rheumy or neuro!

01-09-2011, 09:48 PM
Hi friends,
My hubby just came up with a way to ease a lot of my pain, and it isn't even something I can't mention in public!

On Thursday, I did what my rheumy told me to do and went to the gym to exercise. I have a free two week pass. I did some water aerobics and soaked in the hot tub. By that night, my muscles were even tighter than usual, and I was in horrible pain. I hardly slept that night.

Friday was pure pain the entire day. On Friday night, Jeff brought me a melatonin to help me sleep, and he added a magnesium pill. He knew from his biology and chemistry degrees that magnesium will loosen tight muscles.
He gave me another one with my morning meds on Saturday, and I felt a bit better. After another one last night and again this morning, I'm amazed at how much better my legs feel and how much better I'm walking.

Now here's the weird thing. I was just on the Sjogren's site, and there were two threads posted today about magnesium supplements. Someone's rheumy had prescribed it to help her muscle stiffness and spasms! I did read a good caution there. Plaquenil and magnesium need to be taken at least two hours apart.

So, I wonder why the rheumy and the neuro both dismissed me when I complained about tight, spasming muscles, and couldn't suggest this simple treatment? Obviously, some rheumy out there knew about it.
I'm thankful for my smart and caring DH!

01-10-2011, 04:33 AM
You got one smart Hubby.
Lucky you.
Magnisium huh I for one am going to do some research


01-10-2011, 06:32 AM
Way to go Husband of Marla! Now we know why she married you! LOL

01-10-2011, 07:53 AM
Marla -

I am glad to hear Jeff found something to help you. Is that something you can adhere to OTC? Are there any side effects from magnesium supplements or from interacting it with your other meds?

As a side note - when you said you couldn't mention it in public I totally thought you and Jeff were past your six week time limit already. LOL. That definitely helps loosen muscles too. :wicked grin:


01-10-2011, 03:11 PM
hi marla,

it is amazing how many times we find relief from simple sources, and our drs. don't seem to even entertain these options. Magnesium makes perfect sense....also, a good ole banana will give you some potassium that will ease muscle cramps as well.

i also tried "gentle arthritis aerobics", (i even tried 3 times)....each time, i was put to bed with severe muscle cramps. My dr. suggested that the entire class is too long, and suggested that i try 10 or 15 minutes. I just can't bring myself to leave a "gentle" water exercise class after only 15 minutes...

how many mg do you take of the magnesium? and are you taking them 3 times a day, or just as needed?

01-11-2011, 10:45 PM
Hi Phyllis,
I didn't even go to a class - I just did some aerobics on my own, but it still hurt more than helped.
I'm taking 200 mg magnesium pills - one in the morning and one at night. The RDA is 400 mg.
It does seem to be helping me, so I'll keep it up for a while. I also eat bananas and I use potassium salt instead of regular table salt, because of my Meniere's.

Nope, his six-week check-up is on Feb. 4. While we're up in San Francisco, I'm getting my botox shot in the vocal cords that day, too.
I will be a silent, but happy wife that evening!

01-12-2011, 10:38 AM
You are too funny :-) I am glad that your hubby found a combination of things that help your muscles and I am glad to hear that they are working. My rheumy did tell me to take magnesium, but she didn't tell me why (lol). Subsequently, I don't take them as religiously as I should. Now that I know why, I will.
I hope that you continue to feel better..Sending you hugs.

Peace and Blessings

01-12-2011, 01:15 PM
Shucks, Marla, I am going to be at the SICCA Clinic for my two year follow-up on February 10th and going to stay overnight to see my rheumy and motility specialist on the 11th. I was going to email you and see if you had any appts on either of the two days so we could get together. A week too late....

Anyway, my neuro suggested 400 mg magnesium daily for migraine relief. At first, I couldn't keep the 400 mg down. So, I have started taking 200 mg with my evening meal to see how I do. I'll add 200 mg to lunch when I feel comfortable with the first 200 mg dose being accepted by tummy. I don't think I'll ever be able to take the entire 400 mg at one time with my tummy troubles.

A word of caution: If you tend to have constipation, you won't any longer, as magnesium tends to loosen things up in the digestive track.

01-13-2011, 04:52 PM
That is a shame, BonusMom - I wish that your appointment was a week earlier.
My son Tom is going to be in San Francisco on Feb. 4-5, attending a big conference.
We're going to try to meet up with him while we're there. We might get to meet his boss, too.
It's always fun to embarrass him with family stories!

We're going to have to coordinate some appointments so that we can meet up!

01-15-2011, 10:51 AM
That's great!! I figured out magnesium awhile back bc my sinuses would get dry with the Vitamin D. It really does help and I can tell when I haven't taken it. What a smart hubby!!!