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Low magnesium levels during chemo

I was wondering if others out there may have had this problem.  My magnesium level is "in the toilet", so to quote my nurse, and I continue to receive pre-treatment infusions of this each time.  However, I had some sort of "stomach bug" these past two days, and I am having muscle spasms and arm, leg and bone disomfort.  I know that I am dehydrated, also, and have been drinking as much as possible.  I know that these more intensified symptoms are most likely due to a drop in mag.  I will be going in tomorrow for an infusion, and hope this will help.  I realize this is a petty complaint compared to others out there; but can anyone jump in and give me some insight on this?  Thank you :) Judie
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Hi    Mayo gave daughter this list, she picked the ones she likes, whole wheat bread, lima beans, Broccoli, spinach, Fish, Dry beans and peas, cashews, almonds, peanut butter, yougurt. Lots of fresh veggies and fruits, she eats a well balanced meal and includes this things in each meal as an extra.  Her levels were low , but have been creeping up each test. She has elimanated all sugar. has not had to have any of the infusions so far.
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There are finding reductions in Magnesium with chemo, loss of appetite can also affect the levels since we get the majority of it in our diet.  I googled signs and symptoms and the beginning ones are similiar to chemo side effects (the ones we know and love)

The signs inclued loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, fatigue, and weakness. You can get muscle cramps and numbness and tingling.  Ask about your potassium and calicum levels since those two with magnesium may be lower together.  

Natural sources of magnesium include of whole grains, legumes (beans peas etc.), and vegetables (especially dark-green, leafy vegetables) help maintain levels .  Once you get enough with IV ask about an oral supplement that you could take on a daily basis.  

Doing chemo is difficult enough without dealing with low electrolyte levels, and it  is hard to know what to blame on chemo vs the low values.  Hopefully when the levels are restored you will feel better.  Good luck
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Thanks, ladies, for your quick responses.  Unfortunatley my digestive tract is my Achilles Heel....very, very sensitive, and so many of the good/right foods to eat that you both mentioned sometimes do a real number on it when I do eat "healthy" (ironic, isn't it?)  Anyway, I will heed your encouraging words of advice and try some of the "good things" once this roller coaster stomach quiets down....hate those infusions; but we gotta do what we gotta do..have a great one. God Bless!  Judie :)
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Hi there-  I was as sick as a dog last year with low everything was only home about five days in each month.   I have always eaten the suggested food to help and although always able to eat it came right back up again and thus blood levels were crazy.   The good news is I feel great now and started to recover about two to three weeks after treatmebnt finished.   I know it can be hell on earth going through chemo but when you get a result it seems worth it.   My thoughts when going for treatment were 'I can do this - no bother' I wouldn't say I thought that after mind you but I do believe if you get your mind right you are halfway there.   This is not much help I'm sure but hopefully a wee light at the end of your tunnel.
I will say for me the worst thing is the eternal pins and needles I have just now - someone suggested Vit. B6 and I'm taking 50 mg three times a day but to date no difference - does anyone have other suiggestions, they would be most welcome.
Keep positive
God Bless
Helen Jane
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My magnesium is very low, I take 2400 mg a day (6 pill at 400 ea).  My body hurts very bad all the time.  Sometimes it is hard to get out of bed.  I was done with Chemo about 6 months ago (breast cancer) and my magnesium has not improved.  Does anyone know when my body will start making it's own magnesium.

Thanks,
Chris
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