I have had IBS-D for a decade and generally manage it well enough. Recently I started getting muscle cramps and I need to increase my magnesium intake to avoid these. The problem is that magnesium softens the stool so I don't know what I can do to get the magnesium levels up without making my stool too soft. Anyone have suggestions?
Magnesium is not a very significant stool softener so I would not worry about horrible effects from taking it. If you need to take it, try a low dose and see if everything remains manageable and then slowly increase it to the prescribed. You can always back it off it starts to cause problems.
I never got a prescription for magnesium. I was reading that low levels of magnesium can be a cause for cramps so I thought I better take some to restore my levels.
There can be a lot of reasons for cramps, so I'm not sure that causing yourself to possibly have even softer stools is going to help you much overall. Have you talked to your doctor at all about this?
You should find out if the cramps are caused by magnesium at all from a doctor. There are many reasons for muscle cramps so I wouldn't make any assumptions or try to treat yourself for it. If you have diarrhea, you could be dehydrated for that reason and that would cause muscle cramps. I would find out from a doctor. You might be right but why play with it when you can get direct information?
That is true. I have been so focused on managing my IBS that I am relating everything to it. That wasn't the brightest idea on my part.
No, no, no, it is good to think about what might be causing your health problem. You could be correct. My only point is that the doctor can help you confirm or deny that hunch. Use their services and what you learn together at the same time and you will do better. That is all I am saying.
If you do find you need magnesium supplements, just find some low dose varieties and slowly increase the dose over time. See if you have any good or bad symptoms as you go and find out the level that works for you.
I'm not sure if would make a significant difference, not one to worry about. You could compensate for the softening effect of magnesium by eating more foods which will harden your stool, if it bothers you that much. The most important thing is that you are taking action to prevent the cramps.