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Daily muscle twitching

My husband (32yrs) has had daily muscle twitching for some time now. He gets twitches in various places every day. From his face to arms, legs, buttox. There is no pattern or specific place.
He has muscle atrophy and weakness on his right (strong) side.
He has had PT for right arm ulnar nerve damage in the last year.
He has also had Kidney Stones and Pancreatitis in the last year.
He excercises daily and finds he is tired on occassion afterwards whereas he usually feels good.
A CPK test resulted extremely high
An EKG resulted in signs of nerve inflammation.
The neurologist gave him a Vitamen regimen to follow and told him to come back in 6 months.

We are concerned because the symptoms continue and we felt the weren't taken seriously.
Any suggestions?
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Muscle twitching is a symptom of low magnesium levels within the cells.
See this article:
The Importance of Magnesium to Human Nutrition
by Michael B. Schachter M.D.

If the url is removed, you can google for the title.

My magnesium levels have been checked multiple times and are good but I'm having muscle twitches all day everyday sometimes in the same spot and sometimes in other spots of my body. I also get jerks off and on in hands, legs, feet, arms and neck. Kinda like when you jerk at night when you are falling asleep but I'm awake. I have a lot of other symptoms as well, such as Charlie horses every night, these weird random patches of goosebumps, pain in back, hips
And in all joints, stiffness, and many more, but I was wondering if these may be cause for concern? Or what it could be. I've been going to doctors left and right, my family doctor keeps sending me else where he abuse she sees something is wrong but has no idea what it is. My rheumatologist says I have fibromyalgia but that there has to be other things as well, she feels there is more to my issues and that I also have RA but all the tests say I don't but my CRP levels are continuously high, and I have anemia, my vitamin D is at an 8 so low, my vitamin B6 is at a 2 so low, and my iron is 7.... I have herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, a syrinx in my spinal cord, other issues as well, oh and I'm a female and 40 years old but have been dealing with this since i was 20 years old, well it started then but new symptoms keep adding as time goes by. Now my family doctor and my rheumatologist referred me to a neurologist at the mayo clinic. Can anyone tell me anything?
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Good article.  I have been having the same thing on and off for about 10 months now, but I'm taking in a lot of magnesium.  Tremors at night too that I recently learned are called 'fasciculations'.  6 months seems like a long time to wait.  I'm seeing doctors constantly but still nothing.  I also have heart spasms along with the other muscle spasms/twitches, chest pain and a burning knot on the side of my head that brings on major disorientation.  It's a lot of fun.  Good luck to your husband.  Let me know if you come up with anything.

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Thanks for the article, my husband found it very interesting. He commented that many of the points reflected his symptoms. He was concerned though that the Magnesium could cause loose stools. He told me that his stool is rarely solid to begin with. (I did not know this prior to my post) Do you think , or anyone else have any advise or comments? We are debating starting to take a magnesium supplement.
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Magnesium is not usually well absorbed in the intestines.
Magnesium oxide is often used in vitamin supplements (it is less expensive), and that is one that is difficult to absorb.
Mag glycinate and mag taurinate are more easily absorbed.  Look at the list of ingredients.
Source Naturals makes a magnesium supplement with several forms, called Ultra Mag.
If you go to iHerb *******, you can find it to compare.

You'll probably need 400 mg to 800 mg daily, for a long while.
Almonds are high in magnesium.  I bought one pound packages of almonds at the grocery store, and ate several ounces daily.  After about two months of this, I noticed that my craving for chocolate disappeared.  Chocolate contains magnesium.
You can also buy almond butter, which is similar to peanut butter.  There are a number of vendors for this, including some who sell on eBay.  

Yes, magnesium can cause loose stools.
Magnesium can be given intravenously and can also be absorbed through the skin, in Epsom Salt baths.  Epsom salts contain magnesium chloride.
Loose stools can happen after the IV's or the baths, so it's not just oral ingestion that causes it.

I've seen articles online that suggested that taking supplemental magnesium can help prevent kidney stones.
Low mag causes our bodies lots of problems.

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