Regarding the muscle relaxants Doug makes a good point. They can be habit forming and that may be why your doctor is concerned. As far as I am aware though there is no true physical addiction that occurs with most muscle relaxants. Patients dont usually go through physical withdrawal when they stop using these drugs after prolonged use and they dont require higher and higher doses to get the same benefit over time. You might want to ask your physician to explain more precisely what her concerns are and see if you can work out a compromise. On a side note, the authorities have been watching physicians more closely over the past year or two to weed out doctors who over prescribe certain drugs because prescription drug abuse has become a huge problem in this country.
Yeah, she was fairly specific that it was the fact that “muscle relaxants act centrally” (and Mg, if it worked, wouldn’t?) and she doesn’t like the side effects. I use two different kinds and switch off when they start to lose efficacy (like most drugs do, after a point) to avoid any risk of dependency, and the risk of dependency for these particular ones are really low even if I didn’t switch. I have a family history of addiction, and kicked a caffeine addiction in college, so I’m very careful about dependence. If she had been concerned about addiction potential, I’d have listened to her. She convinced me to go off of my “emergency” muscle relaxant, Soma, because of that risk. But that’s not what she was worried about this time.
And like I said, I’m already switching doctors. I’d already become too uncomfortable with her recommending woo, whether out of gullibility or paternalism; this was just what convinced me to switch now rather than later.
As far as the magnesium is concerned, magnesium does play a role in muscle contraction and in the body’s ability to maintain proper potassium levels which also is important to muscle contraction. I am not an expert on the treatment of fibromyalgia but a PubMed search brought up a number of articles addressing magnesium in the treatment of this disorder.
Yeah, I ran that exact search, actually, along with a bunch of others. The problem is that basically all of the studies are basic science and not transferable to medical practice, and the couple that aren’t are crap. I was hoping someone might know of others.
Why would the doctor have you take Mg citrate? That makes an effective purge, not sure what it would do for your muscle pain. On the other hand, magnesium is a muscle relaxant, and taken in large doses can cause muscle weakness, nausea and vomiting as well as respiratory depression. Just because it is a ‘natural mineral’ doesn’t mean it is free of harmful effects.
Yeah, the best part is that, in the same email conversation, I mentioned I was having constipation and asked if she had a recommendation of laxatives, since I’m on a fair number of prescriptions and didn’t want to take one that might interfere with absorption. She recommended PEG for constipation and Mg citrate for muscles in the same email, without even mentioning Mg salts’ laxative effects.
Do you have a source for Mg being a muscle relaxant? Because that’s what I’ve been looking for.