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    Old 06-18-2015, 03:12 PM   #1
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    Very low magnesium

    Someone please help me. My Mom has low magnesium, she goes to the hospital every Monday to get magnesium intravenously anywhere from 2 to 4 bags a week for the last year. She has seen a kidney specialists so we know she isn't excreting too much from her kidneys. No Dr. knows what is going on and they haven't helped her AT ALL!! This past week it was 1.2 that's what it was when we first started this and they said we were lucky she didn't have a heart attack. From week to week it varies from 1.2 to 1.7 She has diabetes and is seeing a diabetic specialists but he is not convinced that it could be due to her diabetes so he is lost also. She is 73 years old who use to be a young 73, now she can't do anything. Can someone just tell me what kind of Dr. can help her. PLEASE!!! Thank you for any input.

     
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    Re: Very low magnesium

    I would see a GI doctor if she hasn't already. Sometimes it's an absorption issue in the GI tract. Best of luck with her. Keep us updated.

     
    Old 09-10-2015, 07:19 AM   #3
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    Re: Very low magnesium

    tell her to take a bath with Epsom salts, if she can't get in and out of the tub, have her at least soak her feet in Epsom salts. There is magnesium in Epsom salts and it will get into your system that way.

     
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    Re: Very low magnesium

    I agree that a GI specialist may be helpful. Magnesium is absorbed from food through the walls of the small intestine. Some people can't absorb it properly due to conditions like celiac disease. I assume she is on an oral magnesium supplement? I would check out the malabsorption possibility, as this would explain the low Mg, and treatment of the underlying condition would help her.

     
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    Re: Very low magnesium

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    Can magnesium deficiencies be linked to hand tremors? My left hand shakes, but seems to stop when I take my calcium/ magnesium supplement.
    Absolutely it can. If magnesium is low it disrupts the whole central nervous system. If this is an ongoing issue with you, I would request bloodwork to be done to check the levels. Taking a over the counter supplement may not be enough. Good luck!

     
    Old 10-12-2015, 01:56 AM   #6
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    Gee Deb, I wish I could help because I am interested in these things, but unfortunately medicine is a never ending science. I can't recall everything I have read but agree with some of the posters that adding some Epson salts to her bath water may be a good idea as well as starting to juice green vegetables, apples, and nuts and getting her off of processed foods. A lot of the elderly tend to either not eat at all or live off of things like sandwiches, which is about the worst thing they could do. I also vaguely remember reading that it's good to take calcium and Vitamin D together with that as well as Vitamin K2 because they all work together somehow and if she's critically short in one, that can affect another quite badly. Wish her the best.
    PS. If she has heart problems as well, be sure to not overdo the calcium.


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    Someone please help me. My Mom has low magnesium, she goes to the hospital every Monday to get magnesium intravenously anywhere from 2 to 4 bags a week for the last year. She has seen a kidney specialists so we know she isn't excreting too much from her kidneys. No Dr. knows what is going on and they haven't helped her AT ALL!! This past week it was 1.2 that's what it was when we first started this and they said we were lucky she didn't have a heart attack. From week to week it varies from 1.2 to 1.7 She has diabetes and is seeing a diabetic specialists but he is not convinced that it could be due to her diabetes so he is lost also. She is 73 years old who use to be a young 73, now she can't do anything. Can someone just tell me what kind of Dr. can help her. PLEASE!!! Thank you for any input.

     
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