I lost most of the feeling in my left leg. I could not put pressure on my left knee and my little toes went completely numb. Had I had a stroke? Compressed Disk? Needless to say I was completely terrified and had no idea what was going on.
Four years of Doctor’s Visits, Specialists Visits, and thousands of dollars in Medical Bills later, I had no answers. I was being “treated” rather than “diagnosed”. Muscle Relaxers, Medication that treats Parkinson’s Disease, and Cerebral Palsy Meds were just a few of what I was being treated with.
I had determined that maybe I had somehow worked myself to death in the Restaurant Industry where I spent almost 2 decades of my life. I had no idea why suddenly I was beginning to feel like I was falling apart! (Hands up to you Restaurant GM’s.. You are certainly a HERO!)
One year into my struggles with my numbness, I began having the worst pain ever in my ankles and feet. After many tests, I was diagnosed with Osteoarthritis and prescribed an arthritis medication, with no relief. Now, given I had seen the image results and clearly saw that I had developed arthritis in my ankles, feet, and spine, I feel like we were missing the entire point of my visits: Leg Numbness and Pain! I also learned, however, that I was Vitamin D Deficient, and was prescribed a SUPER HUGE dose of Vitamin D (of which I now take an OTC Vitamin D Supplement for, and this one here, Spring Valley 5000 UI has worked very well for me). That seemed to help give me more energy. But what I am supposed to do with energy if it hurts too bad to walk?!
While curiously researching vitamin deficiencies, I came across an article one day that talked about Magnesium. I learned that Magnesium controls many things in the body and most importantly is responsible for contracting and relaxing muscles. This mineral is also essential to transporting energy, strengthening bones, and supporting a healthy immune system. Now why hadn’t the doctor tested me for a Magnesium Deficiency?
I called my doctor to request a test to check my Magnesium Levels, also to check my Potassium, Sodium, and Calcium. I went to my visit for the Metabolic Panel tests. When the results came in, they had given me the Potassium, Sodium, and Calcium levels (which were all NORMAL) but when I asked about my Magnesium levels, the nurse responded with “oh, it seems there are no results for that.” Really?! Why not?! I explained to her that the entire reason I wanted this test was to check my Magnesium level because of my unexplained leg problems. She then told me, “Well, I take a Magnesium supplement every night before I go to bed to make sure I do not have any leg pain or leg cramps myself.” Hmmm. I immediately went online to research Magnesium Supplements.
I also have gastrointestinal disease, which I believe could easily be a reason why I am vitamin deficient with other vitamins due to the fact that the medication I take to prevent serious acid from taking over my gut can actually prevent some vitamins from being properly dissolved in my system. So I began a journey of searching for a supplement that is easy on the gut. I came across this supplement called Slow Mag. This is a low dose Magnesium supplement that also has Calcium and Chloride to help prevent other electrolyte balance (If the body’s electrolytes are not in proper balance, seizures, an irregular heartbeat, MUSCLE WEAKNESS, and other problems can occur.) This supplement was just what I was looking for due to it being enteric coated and easy on the gut! (This enteric coating allows the Slow Mag to pass through the gastric juices of the stomach unchanged to reduce the chance of belly upset.)
It has been 3 months since I began my Magnesium supplement therapy using Slow Mag. I am feeling the best I have felt in at least 4 years. I have feeling back in my left leg and I have the ability to stand for longer than 10 minutes at a time now. I am able to walk through a shopping center at a nice pace without having to sit down every few minutes. I am able to walk outside in the yard with my kiddos without using my cane! I am excited to see where my next several months on this supplement takes me. I am looking forward to the day that I can run again, work out again, and work a regular job again.
I will post an update on my journey with my leg function improvements using this Magnesium Supplement. What helps me may help you! If you would like to try what works for me, You can purchase Slow Mag here if you are looking for a milder low dose. If you are looking to move more aggressively in your Magnesium journey, you can purchase this Magnesium Supplement from NOW FOODS which also has much success in users.
What a great day to Walk!
I am not a doctor and do not claim to be a doctor. This article is for information purposes only and is my own personal story. What works for me may not work for you. Ask your Doctor before beginning a new vitamin, mineral, or medication.
Mrs.T-TwentyTwo borrowed stones