crohns and low magnesium

i am wanting some information regarding my low magnesium i have had crohns diagnosed for ten years and for the past 8months i have had to have magnesium infusions every ten days as my levels are so low that it causes me to not be able to funtion at work and cant think straight cant drive cant sleep severely sleep deprived as wella s numbness and tingling along with bone and nerve pain. I take ten magnesium tablets a day and this still isnt helping i have have to travel over 120 kilometres to have this treatment as well as every 8 weeks have infliximab which has eased my stomach ailments. I some times feel severely unable to cope with just normal every day things CAN ANY ONE OFFER SOME HINTS THANKS MICHELLE

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Crohn's and Low Magnesium NEW
by: Annette Young

Hello there,

Sorry to read that you are having a really tough time of it.

I know it is a horrible question to ask but are you experiencing diarrhea quite a lot?

Diarrhea is a very common symptom of Crohn's disease and I know that those people who suffer with excessive diarrhea can certainly find that their bodies have been deprived of magnesium and also potassium.

Magnesium is a vital mineral and is critical to many of your body functions.It keeps your kidneys in good working order, is good for your heart and muscles. You can often tell if you are deficient of the mineral, as you will feel more anxious and have difficulty in sleeping. It can also cause restless legs syndrome and feelings of nausea leading to prolific vomiting.

You may also find that you are deficient in zinc and unfortunately when you are deficient in zinc it becomes a vicious cycle of yet more diarrhea.

If you have any zinc deficiency you may find that you have less appetite than before and that your immune system is lower than it should be.
Of late, there has been research into vitamin D as it has been discovered that many people with Crohn's, around 60% are deficient in vitamin D and this can cause weak muscles and bone pain.

It is also not that easy to get from food, generally we get our vitamin D from the sun and of course supplements when necessary, but it is certainly worth checking out if you could be deficient in this vitamin because there is a strong link between Crohn's disease and vitamin D.

I think it is fair to say that anyone who has Crohn's disease or digestive problems whereby there is the potential for vitamins and minerals to not be absorbed into the body, it is a good idea for them to seek out the services of a nutritionist if possible. Having a plan of the foods that contain key vitamins and minerals and working out a dietary plan, one with foods that you can absorb would be a benefit.

I hope this helps and things get better for you.

Best wishes,


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