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Old 08-21-2010, 01:26 PM   #1
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Magnesium and vitamin D in the control of seizures.

Has anyone heard of using magnesium to treat epilepsy.

I have been using magnesium to help me sleep for about six months now but the point I want to mention is that before taking magnesium I was having about 1-3 seizures in month but during the time that I have been taking extra magnesium I have had no seizures at all (at least that I know of - if I have they have been so minor as to have very limited or no affect on my daily life).

I am taking around 500 mgs of magnesium per day morning 100 , noon 100 mgs , dinnertime 100 mgs and bedtime (usually a little more at bedtime – 2-300 mgs).

At the beginning of the year I tried L-Triptophan but it did not seem to have any effect but as you know everyone is different.

As many of the doctors do not know much about vitamin therapy I have been trying a few vitamins to try and help my seizures over time with very limited luck on till now.
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At the moment I am taking Keppra 1000 mg twice a day and Lamictal 200 mg once a day in the morning (as in the past it definitely made my sleep worse) I only did this because the half life of Lamital is just over 24 hours, and so it covered me for the whole day. As I would like to either reduce my medication or more preferably eliminate it altogether I am very gradually beginning the reduction of my medication unless I am unlucky enough to begin having seizures again.

I don't want to get anyone's hopes up as this summer I have been getting a fair amount of sun therefore vitamin D would be a possible factor in the control of my seizures. I am also taking 2000 mg of vitamin D daily (and will be taking more during the winter months ) so If vitamin D is a factor then I will be taking both on regular basis.

I will let the board know how things work out after the year is over.


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Old 08-21-2010, 04:30 PM   #2
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Re: Magnesium and vitamin D in the control of seizures.

Bahamas: I found an article years ago that listed the following as a "shotgun" therapy to controlling seizures:

Magnesium 500-1000 mg/day
Selenium 100-200 mcg/day
Taurine 1-3 gm/day
L-Carntine 1-3 gm/day
GABA 500-1000 mg/day
Vit B complex w/special emphasis on
B1 50-100 mg/day
B6 200-500 mg/day
Folic Acid 400-1000 mcg/day
Vitamin E 400-800 IU/day
DMG (dimethylglycine) 50-200 mg/day
Pregnenolone 100-500 mg/day

I also had my neurotransmitters tested and found out I was low in Taurine, high in Glutamate (MSG) and high in PEA (Beta-Phenlethylamine)

I currently take 2000 mg/Keppra, Phenobarbital, Progesterone, Magnesium, Selenium, Taurine, Vit B6, B Complex, and Vit D. I wish I had started taking supplements as mentioned before being put on seizure meds because alot of these supplements I've tried to take interfere with the seizure meds and make me have more seizures. Anything with herbs in them definitely interferes with the meds.

Taurine is reduced in the body by Aspartame.

You'll know when your body has enough magnesium because you'll end up with loose stools. You can also get magnesium from eating dark chocolate, nuts and salmon. Magnesium is also reduced in your body by caffeine.

Being female, I found out my seizures were caused by Estrogen Dominance because I'm going through menopause.

The triggers for the seizures are stress, lack of sleep, MSG, fluorescent lights, EMF's (cell phones, cordless phones, computers, video games, etc.) and plastics, especially plastic #3 which is plastic wrap.

I've also started having reactions to chemicals, cleaning chemicals, cigarette smoke, perfume, gasoline, wood smoke, mold, and am developing asthma.

Another thing I'm not able to tolerate much is SOY! It's a phytoestrogen and adds to the estrogen in me. It's in tuna fish and mayo these days. The MSG is in everything too. It's the "natural flavoring" added to stuff like crackers.

Keep taking the magnesium and try some of these other things I listed. I tried to get off the Keppra and when I did I crashed my car. It still doesn't control the seizures but I take it so if I have to have a blood test they'll see I'm cooperating! The only thing I think it does is keep them from happening more.

The other thing I'm on is Lupron. It's an injection that's used to treat prostate cancer in men and used in women for endometriosis and fertility issues. It's supposed to lower the estrogen in me. Since I've been on it for 10 mo. I can tell I'm having an aura or know more that I've had a seizure now than before. Before, I only knew I had a seizure because I'd notice I'd bitten my lower lip or I crushed my water bottle or someone witnessed me having one.

Keep track of your seizures on a calendar - the full moon is also a culprit. It's coming around on Tues. the 24th. I also get more around the new moon. It's the electro magnetic pull from the Earth. I know it sound weird, but I've got it documented!!!! My car accident was 2 days after the full moon.

After reading these boards I can't believe how many people these days have these seizures. It blows my mind! Good luck.

 
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Re: Magnesium and vitamin D in the control of seizures.

Bahamas: I just wrote to you on your other post from today. From this list that I gave you a few days ago I can't take the L-Carntine, GABA, DMG, Vit. E, Vit B1, Folic Acid or Pregnenolone. Everyone's different. Try to get a vitamin panel done if you can and see what you could be deficient in. This is a better way to go if you can do it but don't mix too many things together. Stay safe.

 
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Re: Magnesium and vitamin D in the control of seizures.

Bahamas: Look up information about using Melatonin for seizures. There are alot of pages on the web about it. It's used as a sleep agent for people with insomnia. Lack of sleep is a seizure trigger. It's not for everyone so you need to get it approved by your doctor before mixing it with other meds. Check out some of the stuff said about it though.

 
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