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Reducing Spasticity

Multiple Sclerosis Can

Include As MS Symptom

Spasticity Multiple Sclerosis patients tend to experience can include what is called spasms, tremors, twitching, or tics.

But what is Multiple Sclerosis Spasticity or MS Tremors, MS Spasms or MS Twitching anyway?

Spasms, tremors, twitching or tics are different names for the uncontrollable movement of the arms, legs, hands or feet, which are often a big problem for the majority of people, who are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis each year, in many different countries around the world.

Twitching, spasms or tremors are like a knee jerk reaction, when the doctor hits your knee with a small hammer to test your reflexes, but in the majority of the cases of Multiple Sclerosis the spasticity is more out of control and more random and can occur too frequently.

Spasticity Multiple Sclerosis patients may experience can be mild to severe and can be more frequent or only occur every so often.

The spasticity can be so severe that it can almost throw you on the floor when it happens, if you don't hang on to something.

What can help to reduce the spasticity MS patients can experience?

The majority of people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis appear to be more severely deficient in the mineral called magnesium.

Magnesium helps to regulate the function of the nerves.

When the levels of magnesium in the body are too low, the nerves can react more erratically causing spasms, twitches or tremors, in addition to other problems like heart arrhythmia's, leg cramps, some nerve pain or even misfiring of the nerves that may cause different parts of the nervous system to sort of short-circuit and not transfer signals properly.

There are different forms of magnesium, which can be used to help increase the level of magnesium in the body to help regulate the function of the nerves better through out the body.

Forms of magnesium that can help calm down the spasticity Multiple Sclerosis can cause can include:

* Magnesium supplement (comes with or without calcium)

Magnesium absorbs best if taken in a combination form with calcium and vitamin D.

This can be in tablet, capsule or powdered form.

Some brands work better than others. I have found that for me, magnesium tablets don't work well, because of the fillers that are added for tableting agents to bind the tablets together.

Brands seem to make a difference too. I have found that Country Life brand works the best for me.

* Magnesium oil

This is basically concentrated sea water (or magnesium chloride).

This is good to use if you aren't too extremely deficient in magnesium and it is easier to use, than taking tablets or capsules, since it is spread on the skin and allowed to absorb into the blood stream, but this doesn't work as well, if your levels of magnesium are too extremely low.

* Green Magma powder (made from organic barley greens)

This is a green powder made by Green Foods company and is naturally higher in magnesium.

This can be mixed with water to drink. This works great if taken 1 to 3 times a day for calming down the leg, hand, etc. spasms, twitching or tremors.

* Eating Foods Higher in Magnesium (Diet changes)

This can include oats and oatmeal, eating or juicing or grinding larger amounts of greens and drinking it or eating it.

Green leafy vegetables are higher in magnesium. Kale works the best, from what I have tried myself.

When I was first diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, 13 years ago, I had terrible spasms, tremors or twitches and I tried all kinds of things before I found the things that worked for calming down the spasticity Multiple Sclerosis caused me.

I grind raw whole foods, including kale, carrots, beets and sometimes spinach and drink them 1 to 2 times a day and it has really helped get rid of the spasticity.

I do a combination of the things listed above, but when the spasms get so bad that they cause me nerve pain, taking the supplement of a 1 to 1 ratio of calcium and magnesium (basically equal amounts of calcium and magnesium taken together) I find that this works faster and is more effective.

Often I also take the Green Magma, along with drinking the ground veggies most days and I eat oats or oatmeal more often. But some days I find that using the magnesium oil is enough by itself.

But if I don't take the calcium and magnesium combination supplement for a few weeks, then the leg spasms become almost unbearable, to where it causes nerve pain.

My hope is that you will find relief to the spasticity Multiple Sclerosis has caused you.

Not all types of magnesium that are on the market will work for everyone, diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.

Keep trying different forms of magnesium until you find one or more that work for you, since taking or using some type of magnesium that helps to increase your magnesium levels helps to calm down the over reactive nervous system.

Remember...magnesium needs to be taken with calcium and vitamin D to aid in absorption of the magnesium.

Increasing taking magnesium more gradually will help you to find the among that your body needs.  If you get diarrhea from taking the extra magnesium, then you are taking more than your body needs or can handle.

Also, if you are taking higher levels of vitamin C, you will need to reduce the amount of vitamin C that you are taking until you reach the level of magnesium that your body needs, since taking higher levels of vitamin C and magnesium at the same time can both give you diarrhea.

The amount of vitamin C and magnesium that you are taking need to be balanced out, so as to avoid ending up with diarrhea too often.

Discuss any vitamin supplements or herbs that you are considering taking with your doctor before you start taking anything, since some vitamins are very limited as to how much the body can tolerate without you ending up taking toxic levels that your body may not be able to tolerate.

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