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tcmby - February 3

hi guys, these heart palpitations are really screwing with me lately. i have been told that they are pretty common for fibro sufferers & that my heart is ok, but they are still driving me nuts! i keep getting 'skipped' beats & a few pounds here & there. i am in my early twenties so i am pretty confident that nothing really terrible is going on, so why do they keep happening? I heard that if you are deficient in magnesium you can get these along with muscle spasms and a bunch of other symptoms. so i am starting to take a Kal-Mag supplement to see if that will help. I was just wondering if anyone who has had these horrid things could leave a note below, kind of a poll, so we can see how common they are among us all. thanx :)


teresat - February 3

Have you ever been DX with anxiety attacks? It seems from your posts & threads you leave that you have a type A personality. people with type A personality are more susceptible to heart problems. Have you had your thyroid checked lately! I have chest pain from time to time. Sometimes I can feel my heart skipping beats but I try to sit down take big deep breathes & try to relax (meditate). That works for me! Hope this helps!


tcmby - February 3

Thanks Teresa, it seems like from your posts that you have split-personality disorder! Have you had that checked lately? Hope this helps!


JJ1 - February 3

tcmby - that is very interesting about the magnesium. Let me know how it works. As I have repeated (probably ad nauseum) here many times, I am anemic and I have been worried about what is causing the anemia. I do not absorb iron from food or supplements. It has me concerned that I may not be absorbing other essential nutrients and when I hear that some symptom could be due to a deficiency, it makes me wonder if that could be what is up with me. I have had the heart palpitations for some time but now I have occasional periods of when my heart is pounding so loud I hear it and it makes it difficult to actually hear soft noises. I forget what it was (fibrofog) but someone mentioned earlier some symptom that could be related to an iodine deficiency.


tcmby - February 3

hey JJ1 - I have this email that a friend sent me about magnesium, but I don't know the source. after I read it I decided I definitely needed to try it. I'll try to paste it so its readable >>>


tcmby - February 3

"Magnesium is vital for maintaining a healthy heart. Magnesium helps stabilize the rhythm of the heart and helps prevent abnormal blood clotting in the heart. Magnesium also aids in maintaining healthy blood pressure levels. The mineral magnesium can significantly lower the chance of heart attacks and strokes, and can even aid in the recovery from a heart attack or stroke. Magnesium also helps maintain proper muscle function. It works to keep muscles properly relaxed. Because of its benefits in relieving stiff muscles, magnesium can be especially beneficial to Fibromyalgia patients. Most people do not maintain proper levels of magnesium. For this reason, many people would greatly benefit from supplementing their diet with magnesium. Do you feel unusually anxious and under stress? Depressed? Tired and restless? Confused? Did you know that magnesium deficiency is one of the most common nutritional deficiencies? One major study concluded that close to 75% of our diets are lacking adequate magnesium levels. Some of the symptoms of folks with a magnesium deficiency include anxiety, depression, fatigue, irritability, restlessness, fear, insomnia, reduced attention span, heart palpitations, memory loss and confusion. These conditions are a lot like those of folks diagnosed with anxiety disorder. Magnesium supplements have been shown to have a calming effect on symptoms of anxiety and stress levels. Magnesium has also been found to protect your heart and can guard against arrhythmias or irregular heart beats. In addition, magnesium has been shown to help regulate blood pressure as well as blood sugar levels. The 3 most common conditions, which are presently becoming an epidemic in this country, that are greatly influenced by low intracellular magnesium, are cardiac dysrrhythmias, muscle tension problems & asthma. With a deficiency of magnesium the heartbeat becomes inconsistent. It beats too fast or too slow or it races. This is a sign of magnesium deficiency. Handle the deficiency and the heartbeat returns to normal. Nothing else needs to be done. Just take magnesium. You don’t have to know any more than that. Racing heart, take magnesium. Heartbeat not normal, take magnesium."


JJ1 - February 3

I wonder how we ever get diagnosed with FMS when a gazillion things have very similar symptoms! Thanks for that info!


teresat - February 3

Name: tcmby | Date: February 3, 2007, 17:06
Answer: Thanks Teresa, it seems like from your posts that you have split-personality disorder! Have you had that checked lately? Hope this helps!>>>>>
Now there you go again, NASTY! I was nice & you respond in a sarcastic, childish manner!


teresat - February 3

There are other vitamin deficiencies that can cause heart abnormalities. Potassium & calcium are very important in the conductivity of the heart.


tcmby - February 3

JJ1... one more thing. as with most vitamins /or minerals they say that the best sources are always from natural foods. some of the best sources i found are: whole grains, nuts, beans, seeds, fish, avocados, and leafy green vegetables; they’re some of the most nutritious foods around. An ounce of sunflower seeds contains 100 milligrams; almonds, 85; cashews, 75; wheat germ, 70; brazil nuts, 65; dark chocolate, 35. A half cup of cooked spinach, Swiss chard, or cooked beans contains 60 to 80 milligrams. Three ounces of many kinds of fish has 50 to 90 milligrams. About 80% of the magnesium in grains is in the bran and germ, which are removed in the milling of flour and rice, so refined grain products (such as white bread and white rice) are poor sources.


tcmby - February 3

if anyone else is inspired by this info & starts on a Magnesium supplement, please let us know if you notice any differences. I actually ordered mine online because I couldn't find any health-food stores that carry readily absorbable magnesium (thats very important) they mostly sell magnesium "Citrate" which is apparently useless but the one that 99% of stores carry because its cheap. the best strains are apparently, Orotate, Aspartate & Glycinate. starting dose is 400mg 2x per day.


tcmby - February 3

So I guess this has become the "Magnesium" thread... lol... I probably should have started another one specifically about Mag.... but anyway, please still leave a note if you have experienced these heart palps in addition to fibro. thanx all :)


BrandyO - February 3

I am going to start taking additional magnesium.... sounds like it might help with my palpitations. Thanks for the info!
If I notice a difference I'll let you know. Brandy :)


charliebrown - February 4

Be careful with your other meds when taking magnesium supplements. I know that they can interact with some.


tcmby - February 6

charliebrown i am interested in what magnesium may interact with? my doctor said that it is just a supplement & not to even worry about that... I could get 800mg. of magnesium from eating a big spinach salad everyday... same thing. BrandyO... i usually dont bother with any vitamins or supplements... there are so many kinds & the ladies at the health food store will convince you that you need a ton of them if you let them.... but the article that my friend sent me above, made me think it was at least worth a try this time! if you start on it, please do post back & let me know if you notice any difference... i'll do the same. take care :)


JJ1 - February 6

sorry, this is going to be long....

Interactions with: Magnesium .................

If you are currently being treated with any of the following medications, you should not use magnesium without first talking to your healthcare provider.
The absorption of quinolone antibiotics (such as ciprofloxacin and moxofloxacin), tetracycline antibiotics (including tetracycline, doxycycline, and minocycline), and nitrofurantoin is diminished when taken with magnesium supplements. Therefore, magnesium should be taken two to four hours before or after taking these medications to avoid interference with absorption.
Blood Pressure Medications, Calcium Channel Blockers
Magnesium may increase the likelihood of negative side effects (such as dizziness, nausea, and fluid retention) from calcium channel blockers (particularly nifedipine) in pregnant women. Other calcium channel blockers include amlodipine, diltiazem, felodipine, and verapamil.
Diabetic Medications
Magnesium hydroxide, commonly found in antacids, may increase the absorption of glipizide and glyburide, medications used to control blood sugar levels. Ultimately, this may prove to allow for reduction in the dosage of those medications.
It is important that normal levels of magnesium be maintained while taking digoxin because low blood levels of magnesium can increase adverse effects from this drug. In addition, digoxin can lead to increased loss of magnesium in the urine. A healthcare provider will follow magnesium levels closely to determine whether magnesium supplementation is necessary.
Two types of diuretics known as loop (such as furosemide) and thiazide (including hydrochlorothiazide) can deplete magnesium levels. For this reason, physicians who prescribe diuretics may consider recommending magnesium supplements as well.
Hormone Replacement Therapy for menopause
Magnesium levels tend to decrease during menopause. Studies suggest, however, that hormone replacement therapy may help prevent the loss of this mineral. Postmenopausal women or those taking hormone replacement therapy should talk with a healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of magnesium supplementation.
There have been case reports of magnesium containing antacids reducing the effectiveness of levothyroxine, which is taken for an under active thyroid. This is important because many people take laxatives containing magnesium without letting their doctor know.
Penicillamine, a medication used for the treatment of Wilson's disease (a condition characterized by high levels of copper in the body) and rheumatoid arthritis, can inactivate magnesium, particularly when high doses of the drug are used over a long period of time. Even with this relative inactivation, however, supplementation with magnesium and other nutrients by those taking penicillamine may reduce side effects associated with this medication. A healthcare practitioner can determine whether magnesium supplements are safe and appropriate if you are taking penicillamine.
Tiludronate and Alendronate
Magnesium may interfere with absorption of tiludronate, a medication similar to alendronate that is used for the treatment of osteoporosis. This interaction has not been reported with alendronate specifically. Magnesium supplements or magnesium-containing antacids should be taken at least two hours before or two hours after taking these medications to minimize potential interference with absorption.
Aminoglycoside antibiotics (such as gentamicin and tobramycin), thiazide diuretics (such as hydrochlorothiazide), loop diuretics (such as furosemide and bumetanide), amphotericin B, corticosteroids, antacids, and insulin may lower magnesium levels. Please refer to the depletions monographs on some of these medications for more information.


BrandyO - February 6

Thank you JJ1 I guess maybe I wont take the magnesium... thanks for the warning. Brandy



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