According to recent estimates, nearly 80% of Americans suffer from magnesium deficiency. That’s a startling percentage for any country, let alone the United States. You may be asking yourself, “Why does it matter?” You may be surprised to learn that many of the symptoms of magnesium deficiency are similar to fibromyalgia symptoms. Consequently, many of the symptoms of your Fibromyalgia could be eased if in fact you are deficient and you take decisive steps to address the deficiency.
To be clear, magnesium deficiency is not likely to be the sole cause of your fibromyalgia – nor should addressing the deficiency be considered as the sole treatment. You may be surprised, however, at the relief you may find from many of your symptoms after addressing the deficiency. So lets take a look at three symptoms shared by both magnesium deficiency and fibromyalgia and learn how addressing the deficiency can provide relief.
Symptom #1: Tenderness & Pain
Fibromyalgia sufferers are all too familiar with these symptoms. The pain from fibromyalgia is often constant and extreme. Similarly, a deficiency of magnesium can result in a buildup of lactic acid, resulting in pain and tightness.
Magnesium works to alleviate pain by relaxing the nervous system and relaxing your muscles. By relaxing the nervous system, magnesium prevents nerves from transmitting pain sensations in the event of otherwise small stimuli. By relaxing your muscles, magnesium helps promote better flexibility and reduces pain from tightness. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, one clinical study “found that a proprietary tablet containing both malic acid and magnesium improved pain and tenderness associated with fibromyalgia.”
Symptom #2: Fatigue & Weakness
Fatigue and weakness are common among fibromyalgia sufferers. For some, the fatigue is a result of a lack of sleep while others can get a full night’s sleep and still feel completely exhausted the next day. Disturbances in sleep and restfulness only aggravate the problem by lowering magnesium levels further.
Magnesium promotes a sense of calm and better sleep. Deficiencies in the nutrient have been tied to disturbances in the body’s production of melatonin, the hormone that controls your sleep and wake cycles. Additionally, magnesium helps to calm nervousness and anxiety, both of which can cause restlessness.
Symptom #3: Confusion & Cognitive Impairment
Cognitive impairments, often called “fibro fog” among fibromyalgia sufferers, are a frustrating and sometimes embarrassing symptom of both fibromyalgia and magnesium deficiency. According to Dr. Peter Osborne, doctor of clinical nutrition, “Magnesium is essential to maintaining healthy brain functions. We know 50 million Americans are magnesium deficit because people do not eat enough foods that contain magnesium. We know that as we age our bodies naturally lose magnesium. For example, drinking coffee or caffeinated products increases the loss. This deficit must be replaced by taking a nutritional supplement.”
With the prevalence of magnesium deficiency and the sharing of many of its symptoms with fibromyalgia, taking a magnesium supplement could prove extremely advantageous for those suffering from fibromyalgia. Though it may not eliminate all of your symptoms, it certainly shows promise in providing some much-needed relief from many of them.