I have a patient that is pretty doubtful of most things. This is my favorite type of patient. He had complaints about the fact that his leg really hurt at night. It really only happened at night, and he couldn’t describe the sensation well. This is called Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS). After a thorough examination, I was able to pin down his problem to a lack of magnesium (Mg). He had told me that he already tried Mg, and it didn’t help him. I asked him to bring his bottle in and show what the type of Mg he was using. He was using Mg Sulphate.
Mg Sulphate is a common type of Mg supplement, and works quite well if you want to clear the bowels. It does this, because it gathers water in the small intestine, and flushes that water out. This is great for getting the bowels moved, but because it is flushing out, your body doesn’t absorb very much of the Mg. That doesn’t make it too effective for RLS.
Medical treatment uses pramipexole (Mirapex) or ropinirole (Requip). Both of these have many side-effects and are expensive. I am sure that none of my patients have a Mirapex or a Requip deficiency. I am not sure though, because I didn’t do blood work. I am not completely against such drug, but think that they should be the very last intervention used.
The first thing that I told this person was that they should really get rid of any processed sugars in his diet, because diabetes takes a toll on the kidneys. Getting rid of those processed sugars is the most important intervention. However, he needed relief sooner. I suggested to him that he should try Mg Glycinate. This is Mg bound with an ammino acid called Glycine. The Glycine allows the body to have better absorption. This has also been recommended for a number of other problems including high blood pressure, mood, chronic fatigue, and fibromyalgia.
The patient revisited me last night out of the blue. I hadn’t heard from him in two weeks. He said that he was amazed at how much better he feels! He said that he was very skeptical of the intervention, but he is now a firm believer. I was glad to hear this, but what really made me feel happy was his final story. He is not the type of guy that wears his heart on his sleeve, but I think it slipped out. He said that last night he had an itch on his right foot. Normally he would have to reach down to itch it, because movement of his left foot to do the trick would cause severe pain in his leg. However, last night he was able to itch with his right foot. Man do I ever love my job! It is the little things in life that make everything worthwhile!
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