We’ve covered a lot of topics on this website about fibromyalgia, both the symptoms and possible ways to treat it. But if you’ve spent time researching fibromyalgia, you know it’s not often that you come across good news. That’s why some of the information coming about the use of topical magnesium for treating fibromyalgia is so exciting. It actually seems to have a significant impact on symptoms.
So, what exactly is topical magnesium? And how can it help treat fibromyalgia?
Magnesium is an element that plays an important part in the way your body functions. It helps your body create many of the proteins you need and plays a role in the regulation of DNA. It also helps regulate muscle and nerve functions.
Generally, you can get all the magnesium you need through your diet. Nuts, leafy greens, and grains are all high in magnesium and can provide the 300-400 mg that the average adult needs. The problem is that it can be tough to eat a healthy diet, and many people don’t take their magnesium levels into account when planning their meals.
And if you go a long time without magnesium, it can lead to serious problems. The most common symptoms of magnesium deficiency are fatigue, weakness, and vomiting.
It usually takes a significant amount of time for people to develop the condition, and most people with low levels of magnesium will probably never experience it. But if you have other health problems, like impaired kidney function, your odds are much higher.
The most common way to treat the condition is simply to take magnesium supplements. And there are two options as far as supplements go: oral and topical magnesium. Oral magnesium supplements are taken through the mouth, and topical supplements are applied directly to the skin.
Research has shown mixed results as to which form is better. Some have seen more of a benefit with the topical supplement, possibly because it enters the bloodstream faster. But others studies have noted that the difference isn’t really large enough to say that it’s definitely better than the oral route. And some have suggested that because the purpose of the skin is to keep things out, the argument that it is absorbed better through the skin isn’t well founded.
Science is still out on the subject. And ultimately, it probably doesn’t matter how you take the magnesium. The good news is that studies done on topical magnesium specifically have shown that it has benefits for people with fibromyalgia.
Topical Magnesium And Fibromyalgia
A recent clinical study looked at the effects of topical magnesium on forty female patients who had been diagnosed with fibromyalgia. Participants were asked to spray a magnesium supplement at the site of their fibromyalgia pain twice a day for four weeks. At the end of the four weeks, they had the patients fill out a questionnaire about their symptoms.
The results showed that the patients who used the magnesium solution had a significant improvement in their symptoms.
Obviously, we need more studies to fully understand what the benefits of magnesium are for people with fibromyalgia. But these early results are promising. They suggest that a simple, over-the-counter supplement like magnesium can actually have significant benefits for people suffering from fibromyalgia.
We aren’t sure why magnesium helps with fibromyalgia, as the study suggests it does. It could be that magnesium helps regulate nerve function in people with fibromyalgia, which seems to be a condition that affects the nervous system. And while there’s no evidence that fibromyalgia is caused by magnesium deficiency, it could be that keeping healthy magnesium levels leads to real benefits in symptoms.
Of course, like all supplements, there are some things you should be aware of before taking magnesium. While rare, it is possible to take too much magnesium, resulting in abdominal pains and cramping. In very high doses, it can even lead to heart problems. Always be careful about how much you’re taking. This can be a special concern when it comes to topical magnesium.
Unlike oral magnesium, it can be hard to tell exactly how much you’re taking with topical magnesium. Follow directions carefully and always consult with a doctor before taking any supplements. It may also be a good idea to get regular blood tests, so your doctor can monitor your magnesium levels both before and after treatment.
So, let us know. Do you take magnesium? Do you take it orally or topically? Does it seem to help with your fibromyalgia symptoms? Tell us in the comments.