hi arti that still sounds like a long time between poops. to me anyway. i checked wikipedia (very authoritative i know hehe) and it defines constipation (in part) as "less than 3 per week" which sounds like you i think!
how many mgs of mag are you up to per day, if i may ask?
one other thing arti, i recently went back to awesome pharmacist guy and asked him if he had any pearls of wisdom that could make his excellent magnesium suggestion get a hold even better (i told him that if i stopped taking it my symptoms came back right away). he said to match it with potassium because they go hand in hand. so i started reading up on potassium; here's one bit:
Hypomagnesemia can cause hypokalemia. Magnesium is required for adequate processing of potassium...
my magnesium results came back fine but apparently serum values are a pretty useless indicator, as it's mostly stored in tissue. which i can vouch for because i can feel when the magnesium arrives in my throat tissue, it "knocks" in a few little muscle spasms when it kicks in, and then with great relief, i stop breathing spit.
i had heard about the potassium to sodium ratio being important via some book my mom was reading a few months back. with some further investigation, it seems that our potassium:sodium is supposed to be 5:1 but is usually 1:2. if you end up with decreased potassium in your system then it looks like this:
Mild hypokalemia is often without symptoms, although it may cause a small elevation of blood pressure, and can occasionally provoke cardiac arrhythmias. Moderate hypokalemia may cause muscular weakness, myalgia, and muscle cramps (owing to disturbed function of the skeletal muscles), and constipation (from disturbed function of smooth muscles). With more severe hypokalemia, flaccid paralysis, hyporeflexia, and tetany may result. There are reports of rhabdomyolysis occurring with profound hypokalemia. Respiratory depression from severe impairment of skeletal muscle function is not uncommon.
on the frequency of hypokalemia:http://www.ccspublishing.com/journals2a ... lemia2.htm
A low serum potassium concentration is perhaps the most common electrolyte abnormality encountered in clinical practice. When defined as a value of less than 3.6 mmol of potassium per liter, hypokalemia is found in over 20 percent of hospitalized patients.1
The majority of these patients have serum potassium concentrations between 3.0 and 3.5 mmol per liter, but as many as one quarter have values below 3.0 mmol per liter...
With more severe hypokalemia, nonspecific symptoms, such as:http://www.ccspublishing.com/journals2a ... lemia2.htmgeneralized weakness, lassitude, and constipation
, are more common...
Nondrug Causes Due to Abnormal Losses of Potassium
Magnesium depletion, induced either by dietary restriction or by abnormal loss...
i have the full text pdf of the above with pretty pictures and all; if anyone is interested, PM me
prevalence in ms patients is not so easy to find, but i managed to get this - no abstract unfortunately: http://archneur.ama-assn.org/cgi/conten ... /39/8/530b
Multiple sclerosis and hypokalemic periodic paralysis in the same patient
and this, apparently hypokalemia and ms are not typically concurrent - http://content.karger.com/ProdukteDB/pr ... Doi=115155
A case is reported of a 46-year-old male who has been suffering from recurrent episodes of quadriplegia, characteristic of hypokalemic periodic paralysis, for 28 years. During this period he has developed typical signs and symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The association of hypokalemic periodic paralysis and multiple sclerosis is extremely unusual.
and that is about the size of the literature to date on ms and hypokalemia!
however, corticosteroids can induce hypokalemia too:http://www.drugs.com/ppa/methylprednisolone.html
Sodium and fluid retention; hypokalemia; hypokalemic alkalosis; metabolic alkalosis; hypocalcemia.
so, i ran a search on nutritiondata for foods with highest potassium and lowest sodium. based on 100 g serving.
the fruit category returned the highest number of results, and it looks good because many of the items actually have zero sodium. dates and bananas
look like the winners. you have to put up with 1mg of sodium but you get the most potassium punch. too bad i can't stand either thing lol!