Posted 24 February 2012 - 01:46 PM
I want to add that I did not have a breath test done. I have been on medical with such severe symptoms, the doctor felt there was enough evidence to treat me empirically to see if there would be a change. This was also based on my telling him that any time he put me on lower doses (100 mg daily) of flagyl when my inhalers and steroids left me with candida in esophagus, my BM's improved whether diarrhea or constipation. Consider that I had not had a normal bowel movement for months (narrow, feeling that peristalsis was not happening properly with pain sensations all along instestinal tract). He now has me on 250 mg 3x daily. The first thing I noticed after the 2nd dose was what felt like proper movement in my intestines. Now, the movement is not even noticeable (for the first time in months). It's just... moving. It's still slow, there are still some sensations and pain, but nothing like what it was. Also, for the benefit of other readers, I had done some research on magnesium deficiency and constipation. Before taking any magnesium supplement, you must know, through bloodwork that your kidneys are working right because taking magnesium with poor kidney function is not good. It's cleared by the kidneys. My bloodwork was fine and my doctor approved of my taking Magnesium Chloride (Magnesium Oxide has a much greater laxative effect and very little is absorbed by the body). Magnesium Citrate (one brand is CALM) is good, but it requires the right amount of stomach acid in order to absorb. This is not the case with magnesium chloride. I use the brand by Cardiovascular Research http://www.swansonvi...ELAID=523230724
Most Americans are magnesium deficient and don't know it. Research magnesium deficiency and note that anyone taking antiacids is likely to be even more magensium deficient. It only shows up in the blood when it has reached a critically low point - bad enough to cause a crisis and hospitalization. What happens is that because the heart needs it in the blood, the body robs it from tissue to get it. That results in a number of problems including constipation, intestinal spasms and motility problems. Magnesium relaxes the smooth intestinal walls. The first thing I noticed when I took a teaspoon in a glass of water was how soothing it felt (and do eat something first). I may make a separate post on what I've learned about magensium deficiency, but google it along with IBS and see what comes up. Again, I would discourage anyone who has not had kidney blood work from just arbitrarily taking it. Stay away from formulas that use Magnesium Oxide (i.e., Phillips). One teaspoon of Magnesium Chloride from that bottle provides 133 mg of "elemental magnesium" (useable or bioavailable). You need at least 400 per day, but if deficient, you need even more. I do know people who use the brand CALM which is Magnesium Citrate. It might help to eat a salad with vinegar or take it with some other acidic food. One more thing - any time you add a magnesium source, do it on a day when you don't have to go anywhere - LOL. And, start out small and work your way up. With CALM, I would recommend starting with just a half-teaspoon to see how you respond and work your way up to the larger dose. If you do it at night, you will find yourself getting a restful sleep.