Diary of Unknown Symptoms

Mystery of the Internal Vibration

Entry for January 25, 2007


Yesterday I noticed that every once in a while, my muscles have been twitching in my right leg. Today it happened in my upper arm. The first time this ever happened was way back when my symptoms first started and they disappeared once I started taking magnesium. But now I’m taking 1500 mg of magnesium a day so what’s the problem now? I know I’ve read that low calcium levels can cause muscle spasms so have I been taking too much magnesium without added calcium? Taking calcium always makes the vibration worse so I’ve avoided it hoping my magnesium would improve.

The calcium/magnesium ratio is very important but I’ve ignored it because I figured the high levels of magnesium got rid of my symptoms.

Here is one man’s story with his experimentation:

As I was struggling through this irregular heart rate problem, I found that two things often helped the situation: potassium and vitamin B-5. Potassium often helped and I think the reason for this is that potassium and magnesium are antagonistic minerals. Since I was essentially suffering from too much magnesium (or too little calcium), the potassium helped because it reduced the metabolic effect of the magnesium (or assisted the metabolism of calcium). I think this is important, particularly for persons with hypothyroidism, because they need a higher calcium to magnesium ratio. A potassium deficiency could prevent the cells from getting enough calcium which is an activator in the cellular response to thyroid hormone.

The other discovery was that vitamin B-5 is important in preventing irregular heart rate. If B-5 gets deficient, it seems to have an effect on the calcium/magnesium metabolism so that calcium doesn’t work as well. A B-5 deficiency has similar effects to a calcium deficiency. I don’t know why this happens, but I now realize that it’s important when supplementing B complex vitamins to always make sure that you are taking as much B-5 as any of the other B vitamins. For example, if you are supplementing with high amounts of niacin (for headaches or other reasons), be aware that you will need to increase B-5 to the same amount or a little greater to prevent a disturbance of the cal/mag ratio which could result in irregular heart rate.

One other discovery in all this was that by not taking enough calcium and taking too much magnesium, another of my teeth died. I developed an extreme tooth ache which led to another root canal. For dental and bone health, don’t maintain a high magnesium/calcium ratio past the point where you need it.

Remember that balancing calcium and magnesium won’t correct thyroid problems. You’ll need to correct the other minerals like copper, zinc, iron, selenium, chromium, manganese, etc. to achieve this. Calcium and magnesium get out of balance because of these other nutritional problems. However, getting your calcium/magnesium balance corrected is essential for normalizing heart rate, preventing dental decay and osteoporosis, and preventing muscle cramps (too little magnesium).

So I guess I’ll start taking one 300 mg calcium/magnesium as a replacement for one of my magnesium pills. So I’ll take 550 magnesium and 300 mg calcium three times a day and see what happens.

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January 26, 2007 - Posted by | Health | , ,

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