Magnesium supplement made me very sick

Answered on September 11, 2013
Created September 11, 2013 at 5:58 AM

I tried a magnesium supplement recommended by my naturopath, yet she's on her honeymoon right now so I can't contact her at the moment.

The reactions I received 2 hours later were quite violent:


-fever like symptoms with no temperature

-joint cramps

-stomach ache

-and insomnia that was so bad I stayed up the entire night and finally fell asleep at about 8 in the morning for a few hours...

Has this happened to any of you? I topically apply magnesium oil, I can only handle it on my lower abdomen and feet otherwise it stings, but I haven't really noticed a difference applying it topically for one month...

My naturopath thinks I have a magnesium deficiency (I have no money for tests, but my parents insurance for some naturopath visits) but if I can't handle the magnesium pill then how do you get the proper amounts?

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on September 11, 2013
at 11:47 PM

might depend on the type of magnesium used?? different types tend to have different effects ie citrate tends to be a bit laxative, and malate might increase stomach acid... maybe that gave you the symptoms you experienced? no clue im not a doctor or a 'naturopath' but might be better taking them with meals spaced throughout the day, or just try a different form.



on September 11, 2013
at 11:34 PM

There are quite a few brands of magnesium-rich bottled water. Absorbing it that way will allow you to take it in smaller amounts and check if it's causing you any trouble.


on September 11, 2013
at 11:26 PM

I take Epsom salt (magnesium sulfate) baths 2x a week. I use 2 cups per bath. Not sure how much magnesium I'm getting, but it feels very good. Maybe it would be gentle enough to not irritate your body.

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