June 22, 2012 8:38 AM Subscribe
Health-filter! I had a crazy reaction to a magnesium supplement- or did I?
posted by sucre to health & fitness (13 answers total)
Two nights ago, I tried "Natural Calm Plus Calcium" for the first time (made by Peter Gillham's Natural Vitality). I used it before bed, as suggested by the co-op employee who told me about it. I slept like a baby, not waking all night. Woo hoo!
I tried it again last night (dissolved in water as the directions indicate). To be clear, the back reads:
Ingredients: A proprietary blend of citric acid and magnesium carbonate -- which, in combination with water, creates ionic magnesium citrate -- calcium gluconate, potassium citrate, ascorbic acid, boron citrate and vitamin D3.
I purchased just 2 of the little sample packets, so if there was additional information on the regular size, I didn't see it. Before trying this stuff, I was warned that taking magnesium could have side effects such as "explosive" diarrhea (fun!)
I woke up this morning around 5:30 with horrible stomach cramps. thought they might have been those darn monthly cramps, which would make sense, but this was much worse. I used the bathroom, feeling very nauseated, and yes, those people who warned me were right (although it luckily wasn't TOO explosive). I gagged a few times but didn't vomit. The bathroom floor tiles felt so nice, so I hung out there for a bit, while going between sitting on the toilet and hanging my head over it (the worst position to be in, in my opinion; not knowing where to go!) I could hear my stomach making a bunch of gurgly, creepy noises (and could feel it if I put my hand on my gut).
I eventually went back to bed, still feeling awful. I took my temp because I was super hot and then had chills, and it was something like 96.6, then later 97 something, and finally 98.0 when I got up, which is pretty normal for me. The 96 kind of freaked me out.
I felt so bad during this time that I had a text message written to my roommate down the hall, and was just waiting to hit send until I felt just bad enough. I thought I'd have to go to the ER for sure. I was really cold and chilled in my bed for an hour or so, then finally slept a bit, warmed up, and the stomach pain dissipated. My stomach was making loud empty noises at this point ("feed me!")
I'm going to call the nurseline today, but do y'all think a magnesium reaction could look this bad? As in, "This pain is so bad I need to go to the ER"? Perhaps combined with menstrual cramping? (I went off the Nuvaring about 3 months ago; my cycle is still goofy though I've not had cramps the last few months).