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  • The Important Role of Magnesium and Calcium in Fibromyalgia

  • The Important Role of Magnesium and Calcium in Fibromyalgia

    There have been many research articles written about the important role of Magnesium and calcium in fibromyalgia. I am not going to attempt to add or replace the research findings but to explain why calcium and magnesium need to be properly given to the fibromyalgia sufferer. Too much calcium or too much magnesium can diminish the positive effects these minerals have in controlling fibromyalgia.

    In my Mesa, AZ chiropractic clinic we recommend both calcium and magnesium to our fibromyalgia patients; but not equally in dosage and in every case! There is a reason for this. Even though every chiropractor learns the value and use of vitamins and minerals for the prevention of illness and healing of disease in chiropractic school, not every chiropractor is qualified to properly administer these. For that manner, neither are most medical doctors. So why is it then that if calcium and magnesium are so important to our bodies and knowing that there is an important role of magnesium and calcium in fibromyalgia, that doctors, chiropractic and medical, are not properly administering these minerals to their patients?

    It’s complicated! But as a chiropractic physician, professor of nutrition and clinical nutritionist I will attempt to simplify it the best that I can.

    Calcium and magnesium are essential minerals that are most often imbalanced in people suffering from chronic illness like fibromyalgia. When these minerals are not properly balanced between themselves, havoc can occur inside your body. For example, your heart rate can become too rapid, too slow and too irregular. Your heart can also beat too hard or too weak due to these imbalances.

    When I perform a chiropractic / nutritional examination on my fibromyalgia patients I will most often take their blood pressure and pulse. If I find any variation from a normal heart rhythm and heart strength I can highly suspect that calcium and magnesium are imbalanced. (There can be other causes as well but that is another subject I won’t discuss here in this article.)

    Calcium is responsible for the ability of the heart muscle to contact; pushing blood throughout the body. Magnesium on the other hand relaxes the heart muscle after a contraction, allowing blood to flow back to the heart. When a heart is experiencing a rapid heart rate, this can be due to too little calcium or too little magnesium. But if the rapid heart rate also has a weak pulse then I know that magnesium is dominant and that calcium is needed. Likewise, if the heart pulse is rapid and strong, then magnesium is needed.

    One final thought: an irregular heart rhythm is often due to thyroid problems. Many fibromyalgia sufferers have thyroid issues too. The use of certain whole food vitamins like Vitamin B5, are frequently required along with the correct amount of calcium and magnesium to normalize heart rhythm and strength. When at all possible, seek out the advice of a competent clinical nutritionist, chiropractic physician  or medical professional before beginning any vitamin / mineral therapy.

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