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Postby MaggieMae » Mon Sep 17, 2007 11:08 am

My husband takes high doses of MSM which is the only thing that helps his leg spasms. He was on three muscle relaxers that did nothing but make him unable to function during the day.

Here is an article I read awhile back. Magnesium is discussed as is nitric oxide and hormones.
http://goldwarp.com/MultipleSclerosisSt ... chor418221
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Postby cheerleader » Wed Sep 26, 2007 8:33 am

Hi all-
Wanted to thank you all for the suggestions and sage advice. I feel like I'm back at school, taking a crash course in chemistry. I'm learning more here than at the Drs. office, that's for sure!

Jimmylegs- I found a magnesium supplement that hubby takes before retiring called Natural Calm. It's a powder which you add to warm water. He's been on it for a week, and we've noticed a decline in the severity of the spasms. Now they're more like "twitches" and he's able to sleep thru them. He's taking tylenol pm for pain, and that's taking the edge off. We're sleeping so much better.

I asked some dear friends to become our "MJ mentors"...and although we haven't availed ourselves of their help...we know it's there when needed.

Lew- thanks for your heartfelt words. I'm trying hard to be supportive and loving and not a major b+&ch, but quite frankly, this has thrown our world into a tailspin. My husband's 44, in the prime of his career, successful, talented and I just assumed so much about our future. There's just a big question mark over everything now. I know these are "newbie feelings," and we'll adjust. I admire everyone posting here, and even the folks just lurking, (like I was for months) looking for answers.

Peace to us all,
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Postby jimmylegs » Wed Sep 26, 2007 11:02 am

that's fantastic, CL! what dose is the evening mg supp, if you don't mind my asking?
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Postby Loriyas » Wed Sep 26, 2007 12:31 pm

CL

I am also drinking Natural Calm. It was recommended to me by my neurologist. I take about 1 1/2 tsp in a mug of hot water. I'm not sure what it is doing so I'm glad to know how it works for your husband!

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Postby jimmylegs » Wed Sep 26, 2007 2:50 pm

i found this on the nat calm web site:

Serving size: 1 teaspoon
Magnesium 205 mg (elemental from magnesium citrate)
200% Daily Value

i think i already mentioned on here, that i saw 400mg recommended for ms somewhere, so 4x your avg joe's DV, or 2tsp nat calm, and L are you on 1.5 to account for dietary or other supps?

i also read you can take tons w/ no adverse effects but will look up that source again. for the moment gotta run to class though, ttfn :)
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Postby cheerleader » Wed Sep 26, 2007 3:44 pm

Hey Jimmylegs-
Funny you should ask about dosage. I gave my husband 2 tablespoons the first night (didn't get my reading glasses) and accidently gave him the runs the next day. oops. Fortunately, he's still speaking to me. Now we're on 2 teaspoons a night (about 400mg.) The bottle recommends a 3 teaspoon serving for 615 mg. We'll probably get to that dosage level next week.
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Postby Loriyas » Wed Sep 26, 2007 4:56 pm

Jimmy
I just put approximately 1 1/2 tsp. in a mug of water. I don't measure exactly. I think if you put a lot more in the taste isn't so great. I'm afraid I didn't ask the neuro for the reason for this product. The only thing he mentioned to me was that it would help with "regularity". That's not like me, either, because I usually question everything. When I see him in a couple of weeks I'll check with him and report back.

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Postby jimmylegs » Wed Sep 26, 2007 7:21 pm

ah, hahaha so we have a laxative product! so far today, i have taken 600mg, not all at once, but closer together than usual doses, to fit in another 200mg at bedtime - but i do feel like i might have overdone it a smidge! i think tonight i'll skip it in case i get myself into trouble with commuting and classes tomorrow :S lol! thanks for the heads up, both!
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