For obvious reasons and whatever other reasons my body refuses to reveal, Magnesium plays a huge role in relieving numbness, tingling, muscle & joint aches & pain. I apologize for keeping this from you for so long because it is a little known fact that Magnesium, which is essential to so many of our bodily functions from heart conduction to brain to Calcium absorption (and keeping it in the bones where it belongs), has been depleted from our food sources and therefore lacking in what our bodies typically require.
An excellent read is The Magnesium Miracle by Carolyn Dean. She explains how Magnesium plays a role in our health and the issues caused from Magnesium depletion.
Magnesium is widely available in grocery, drug and whole food stores and it is inexpensive in the Citrate form. Magnesium Citrate is readily absorbed but can cause diarrhea if too much is taken. When that happens, just reduce your dose or frequency of intake.
Magnesium Oxide is not recommended because of its poor absorbability.
I take Magnesium Taurate since it is less likely to cause diarrhea. Everyone is different but for me at 5 foot 3 inches and 103 pounds, my requirement is around 250 mgs every five hours or 1200 mgs daily. That seems like a lot, but for me it works well. I am more alert during the day, sleep much better at night and overall feel less of the RA symptoms that seem to want to creep back into my life.
As always, you should partner with your health care professional in what supplements and other adjunctive or alternative ways you are utilizing in your fight against RA & other auto immune diseases.
Please share any questions or thoughts with me! I’m interested and want to know how you are doing out there!!!!