hi and welcome alaina
interesting that you have documented history with magnesium issues. given that you have low normal magnesium on file, yes that is consistent with ms since the average ms patient has low serum magnesium compared to healthy controls.
you could possibly benefit from ruling out a variety of nutritional things that are common to the average ms patient, and work to align your levels with those seen in healthy people instead.
re your 'normal' magnesium result .. that could be distinctly suboptimal and linked to symptoms. 'normal' magnesium is definitely something to take a long second critical look at.
study with particular reference to magnesium and the normal range
Ismail, Y., Ismail, A. A., & Ismail, A. A. (2010). The underestimated problem of using serum magnesium measurements to exclude magnesium deficiency in adults; a health warning is needed for “normal” results. Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine, 48(3), 323-327.
may i ask what your original serum magnesium level was, as well your more recent serum b12 and iron levels? (for iron i'm assuming the test was serum ferritin)?
"If you have an MS (or other) diagnosis, you are likely to have a constellation of nutrient imbalances that have been extensively researched. unfortunately, the knowledge gained via this research is only sporadically applied to mainstream treatment.
ms patients and healthy controls can typically all be described as 'normal'. the difference between patients and 'healthies' is RELATIVE deficiency, generally found within the normal range, eg low normal vs high normal. ...
one of the first things to understand when beginning nutrition investigations, is the unfortunate language of the lab. Specifically, the term 'normal'.
As described briefly above, the 'normal' range is often quite a broad range which in many cases includes both sick and healthy people.
There is a much smaller range within the normal range that can be described as 'optimal'."
list of healthy levels for other nutrients of concern for ms patients:regimens-f22/topic2489.html#p15460serum vitamin B12
: aim for at least 500 pg/mL or 370 pmol/L.
serum vitamin 25(OH)vitaminD3: aim for at least 100 nmol/L (40 ng/mL). preferably 125-150 nmol/L (56-60 ng/mL). ...
serum zinc: aim for 18.2-18.4 umol/L. (~120 ug/dL)
serum copper: aim for 17.3-18 umol/L (or 100-114 ug/dL). ...serum magnesium
: aim for .95-1.1 mmol/L. (or 2.3-2.7 mg/dL).
serum selenium: two reference ranges found..
1..........0.90 to 2.00 µmol/L (adults)
..........< 0.3 µmol/L (in adult) - supplementation may be required
..........> 2.5 µmol/L (in adult) - possible toxicity
2..........1.02 to 1.91 µmol/L, OR 80 to 150 µg/L (molecular weight of Se is 78.96)
serum calcium: just a link to p. 11 for now, more later: regimens-f22/topic2489-150.html#p57111
serum uric acid: aim for 290-300 umol/L (about 5 mg/dL).
serum hemoglobin: at least 13 serum ferritin
: i used to go for 100, now I go for 80 because some studies have shown increased disease risk at levels 80 and higher.
hope that helps! if you have any questions, feel free to ask
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com