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jkr

Member Since 05 Apr 2009
Offline Last Active Nov 20 2011 01:59 PM
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In Topic: Pain In Upper Legs And Hips

02 October 2010 - 06:47 AM

I haven't been taking my B12 & magnesium regularly so I'm going to make sure I do.

Thanks for the info.

In Topic: Pain In Upper Legs And Hips

02 October 2010 - 06:45 AM

What you describe sounds all too familiar to me. It eventually got to the point where I could no longer walk at all. The pain became intolerable. Thanks to some posts on this board, I narrowed it down to vitamin B12 and/or magnesium. After about a month of B12, there was some improvement, but I had the sense that there was more too it. Once I added magnesium, I was back on my feet in two weeks. I continue taking both daily, and have no pain, numbness, weakness, nor any other problems with my legs, hips, etc.

Interestingly, magnesium is one of the best things to relieve constipation too. There are different forms though, with different levels of effectiveness for different symptoms. Ever hear of Milk of Magnesia? From what you describe, I'd recommend magnesium oxide, taken with something acidic such as orange juice, lemon juice, a high-dose of vitamin C (ascorbic acid), or citric acid. Start with a low dose, and increase slowly until you find your comfort level. About 200-400mg at most to start off. Increase every few days by maybe 200mg. You'll have to judge based on how you feel. Too much too soon can cause some cramping until your intestines "catch up". The acid greatly magnifies the effectiveness, hence you will also find magnesium citrate is a widely available supplement. These and other forms are available as powders or pills. If you take more than you need, you'll be heading to the bathroom more often than you should. Magnesium can be a hydrating laxative. That is, it draws water into the intestines.

I've read that an estimated 80% of Americans are deficient in magnesium. And, magnesium deficiency is said to be very common among those with Celiac. Vitamin B12 is also commonly deficient for us. For that I recommend a sublingual methylcobalamin tablet. Many have citric acid, which I found to irritate the soft tissues under my tongue. The methylcobalamin from Source Naturals seems quite effective IMO, and does not contain citric acid.

I hope you feel better soon.


In Topic: Pain In Upper Legs And Hips

01 October 2010 - 06:42 PM

I have numbness in the thighs also. It comes and goes. I have celiac disease. I have had nerve issues in my thighs for years. I think mine could be from the celiac. I went to a neurologist years ago and he gave me anti-depressants which can help with nerve pain but it didn't help. I take Advil also and it sometimes helps. If I'm walking for long periods of time I get the pain.

Hope you can get some relief from the pain.

In Topic: Weight Gain

01 May 2010 - 06:10 AM

I've gained about 12 lbs ever since I went gluten free. Is it because I'm absorbing more fat or maybe because I have gone crazy with sweets! Could be a combination of both I guess. I'm trying to limit sugar and carbs. Hopefully it will help. I've never had to watch my weight ever, so it's weird.