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Supplements for Fibromyalgia Pain and Insomnia

By October 29, 2011 - 11:59am
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I am trying to use Magnesium and Vitamin D for my FM pain and Chronic insomnia. But the internet gives conflict information...I've read that Magnesium and Calcium must be taken together and then read that they fight eachother for intestinal absorption. That Vitamin D is needed for Calcium absorption, but interfers with Magnesium absorption. Sometimes a 2:1 Calcium to Magnsium ratio is recommended..other articles say 1:1. And the information varies in terms of dosages. What should I be doing? Kali

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Thank you again for your time. I've had Fibromyalgia for thirteen years now and have joined the support group. The supplement suggestions actually can from my family doctor after he attended a workshop, but he didn't know how to proceed dosage wise or anything just that Vit.D and Magnesium can help with FMS. I did know that about magnesium. Appparently in one study, 12% of women diagnosed with Fibromyalgia were actually difficient in Vitamin D..it causes a lot of the same symptoms. But yes..you are right...with supplements you do have to be careful...and even though the internet provided me with conflicting information..it is not medical advice. I recently stopped seeing a Naturopath and he didn't suggest any of these supplements. When I was first diagnosed specialists whould not see you other than for diagnosis purposes and 13 years later only two in my city will follow you as a patient. I have an appointment booked with one of them in May 2012. I apologize...I'm still trying to learn my way around this website...I guess I should have directed my question to the group. Thanks so much for your time and receiving your message let me know I'm on the right track and to be careful with supplements. Thanks. Kali

October 30, 2011 - 12:40pm
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Hi Kali,
Thank you for your question and welcome to EmpowHer. Unfortunately, there is no definitive answer as fibromyalgia is a diagnosis that causes different pains to different people: some debilitating while others can do exercises to prevent their pain. Here is an advocacy sheet about fibromyalgia from our site that may help provide you more detailed information http://www.empowher.com/fibromyalgia/content/fibromyalgia-advocacy-sheet-0.

If you are not currently seeing a specialist in fibromyalgia, I would certainly try and find one in your area and continue with treatment options as prescribed. You may also join one of our groups in relation to this illness as there is better information gathered from others suffering from the same illness. Please join our group here http://www.empowher.com/groups/fibromyalgia.

I hope this information helps. Trying to substitute medical advice with supplements that are not clinically trialed, you have to be careful. I could not find a pertinent website that provides medically approved information about your vitamin supplements.
Please keep us posted.

October 30, 2011 - 7:21am
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