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Old 05-01-2010, 11:50 AM   #1
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Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

I started posting on this board after feeling frustrated by a lack of proper diagnosis of my very sudden onset of acid reflux. My doc put my on Prilosec but it was not enough, and I had to supplement with Pepto and eventually Gaviscon after every meal, and several times throughout the day. Even on Prilosec I had to sleep at an incline or else risk waking up with terrible acid reflux. Even in the middle of the day without eating much I would feel other strange symptoms.

In the beginning I didn't know what was wrong with me but it affected my breathing, I felt weak, and wondered if there was something wrong with my heart. I'm only 36 and have never had any issues, and my blood tests are always stellar. I did a stress test and cardio echo anyway and everything came back fine.

Finally, I found this thread here under a different category http://www.healthboards.com/boards/showthread.php?t=41225 and read that people said Magnesium supplements helped them tremendously. It sounded too good to be true but I decided to give it a try.

Incredibly, the very day I started the supplement I also decided to stop taking Prilosec, and I'll be damned if ALL my problems didn't vanish immediately. I started eating pizza, drinking beer and wine, chili, spicy Thai food, etc., in the days immediately following and NEVER experienced any acid reflux or other systems since. I can lay flat at night and don't have any issues whatsoever. I sleep like a baby now and am so happy my symptoms have gone.

Thinking back, it sort of makes sense because the Gaviscon, which contains magnesium, always made me feel a lot better than Pepto. Plus I noticed a big difference between taking the omeprazole with magnesium vs. omeprazole with no magnesium. And when I had the sudden onset it was after a night of heavy drinking, and I read that alcohol causes magnesium to be expelled from your system. So must have finally reached a critical point or something.

I'm also taking a men's health 1-a-day vitamin at the same time as the mag supplement in case I have any other deficiencies, and all I can say is the mag (or the mag combined with the 1-a-day) has completely and instantly cured my probelms.

I don't know if it will help others as much, but it can't hurt to try. There is no negative side effect to taking 500mg magnesium once per day. Magnesium helps aid digestion and also is critical for controlling muscle function. It could be that my esophogus was spasming or not able to close completely and stop the acid reflux because of this deficiency. I also feel more alert and less tired.

I can't wait to tell my doctor how taking this supplement has cured me. There's no other way to describe it.

Anyway, thanks to these boards I finally found relief. I hope this helps others.

 
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:53 PM   #2
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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

I wish I could say Magnesium cured my reflux!

I take 250 mg of Magnesium citrate twice a day along with my calcium and vitamin D3.

My type of reflux is related to the LES not closing properly or not closing properly sometimes. I don't know if magnesium can help with that or not. But after reading about magnesium, I figured it sounded like a good supplement to take, especially along with the calcium.

I have tried many, many "natural" remedies in the hopes of being able to get off acid suppressing medication. I have tried D-Limonene (orange peel extract), DGL, aloe juice, slippery elm capsules, melatonin, etc., etc., etc.

Thank you for sharing your story and congratulations on being reflux-free.

Rose

 
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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

Hello DCGuy (and Rose),

How much magnesium are you taking daily?

Thanks.

 
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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

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Hello DCGuy (and Rose),

How much magnesium are you taking daily?

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500 mg daily split into two doses of 250 mg each. I take it along with 600 mg calcium citrate (twice a day for a total dose of 1200 mg a day) and 1000 D3 (I take only one D3 a day).

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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

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Hello DCGuy (and Rose),

How much magnesium are you taking daily?

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I take 500mg once per day at lunch. I always take it with food. I also take a men's health 1-a-day multivitamin, which also contains about 150mg of mag, so I guess that's a little over 650mg per day. I am not going to take it forever. I might stop taking the 500mg supplement and just stick with the 1-a-day and see how I feel.

So far it's been over a week and I still feel "cured" (and still off the Prilosec and Pepto/Gaviscon completely). My diet is still lousy so that's never been a factor before or after my sudden onset.

 
Old 05-14-2010, 02:16 AM   #6
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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

I suspect you had hypochlorhydria, which meant you got weak because the anti acids were making your low stomach acid induced reflux even worse and you were going into a mal-nourished state. I am now going on higher doses of magnesium as well. I want those kinds of results.

 
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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

How long did you take the PPI drugs before stoping them and going with magnesium??
If the PPI was long term it means that magnesium somehow help to fight with the rebound effect?
Correct me if Im wrong but you said the same day you stoped PPI and used magnesium supplmentation 500mg splited to 250mg 2 time daily, and you didnt expirience rebound??

And 1 more question can calcium and magnesium suplementation and more hard minerals like those help with rebound because they being disolved by acid and at the end acid goes away??

 
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How long did you take the PPI drugs before stoping them and going with magnesium??
If the PPI was long term it means that magnesium somehow help to fight with the rebound effect?
Correct me if Im wrong but you said the same day you stoped PPI and used magnesium supplmentation 500mg splited to 250mg 2 time daily, and you didnt expirience rebound??

And 1 more question can calcium and magnesium suplementation and more hard minerals like those help with rebound because they being disolved by acid and at the end acid goes away??
rebound, what does that mean? rebound reflux being worse?
I was fine as I personally took dosages strong enough right away of HCL(stomach acid replacement) to get my LES(valve to sense it and close), but I am now dependent upon that to stop my reflux.

 
Old 05-15-2010, 07:38 AM   #9
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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

I was not on Prilosec for very long, maybe a few weeks. I went off it the same day I started the mag supplement. So far it's been almost 3 weeks and I still have no symptoms. Perhaps I had a mild case (although it did NOT feel mild to me at the time; it was quite debilitating).

I spoke to my doc about all this and he said I should get a blood test that checks mag and phosphorous levels, so I am going to go off the supplements for a few days to let my body normalize before the blood test. It will be interesting to see what comes back. I have not made any changes in my diet or lifestyle either, even though I know I should.

 
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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

bump for new users or people who didnt see this before.
I hope some people will find this information useful.

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Old 07-19-2010, 07:39 AM   #11
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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

UPDATE: It has been over 3 months since I made this original post, and I still feel better since I started the mag supplements. The one or two times I stopped taking them daily I would notice mild reflux coming back. I did get Upper GI results and they confirmed I actually have reflux, but it's very rare I feel any symptoms now, and I have not changed my diet or habits at all.

I keep some Pepcid AC tablets around and if I feel something coming on I just take one and my stomach settles down, but this is rare, and usually related to too much drinking or overeating, so I am not surprised when it happens.

Thinking back, can I really say magnesium "cured" me? No, not medically, but ever since I started it I've felt better, and the effects were immediate, and I'm still taking it (down to 250mg/day).

My blood did come back relatively low for magnesium (although still in the normal range) and this was after I started taking the supplement, so maybe it was even lower when it all kicked in.

Even though I'm 36, this episode has proven I am not that young or indestructible any more, and when I don't take care of my body -- much like a car -- then I should not be surprised when it starts to break down. I know some people's reflux is not directly related to how much you eat or drink, but I can't help think it's all connected to how well you take care of yourself in general both mentally and physically.

 
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Magnesium and calcium both act as anti-acids, so magnesium is doing that for you enough to stop your over acid stomach. It appears you don't have achlohyrdia(low stomach acid).

 
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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

Bump for people who didn't see this!
+ Update us whats up with you, dcguy.

 
Old 10-07-2010, 03:50 PM   #14
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Re: Magnesium supplements cured my acid reflux

Isn't magnesium the main ingredient in Milka Magnesia?

 
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Well, it seems like I have breakthrough symptoms a lot lately. My doctor put me on Prevacid 30mg and said I didn't need to take the magnesium, but I really don't feel much better. So far, Pepcid AC has been the only thing that makes me feel better than the rest, and I've tried them all. I asked my doctor to let me try Nexium instead of Prevacid, so we'll see. I stopped taking magnesium so maybe I should go back. I am still not eating better, as I should, so I guess I have only myself to blame. Still, I cannot make any connection between the foods and drinks I consume with when I'm going to have breakthrough symptoms. All I know is they will last several days and it's debilitating, as in I don't want to go out and exert myself. It does seem to get worse when I excersice or do a lot of physical activity. Lying down is the only thing that helps.

So I still can't say for sure any more that magesium is the answer. Maybe I should try some enzyme supplements next. I wish there was more conclusive evidence out there for how to help GERD sufferers, sometimes it feels like we're just guinea pigs trying everything we can.

P.S. I am also going to try Apple Cider Vinegar, I've heard great things!

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