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Mild, Moderate or Severe M.E.?

Discussion in 'General ME/CFS Discussion' started by JoanDublin, Jul 18, 2014.

  1. taniaaust1

    taniaaust1

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    The injestable ones will always say food grade or have instructions on them for taking by mouth.
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    Anyone after this in Australia. Seek out the Gold Cross brand of Epsom Salts. http://www.trustgoldcross.com.au/products/digestive-aids/product-line?id=1177 (Ive no idea if that is the cheapest place thou).
     
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  2. taniaaust1

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    I so very hope not (twin thing), I wouldnt want anyone having all the symptoms I do. I really hope he gets better and not worst.
     
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    JoanDublin Senior Member

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    @taniaaust1 Well I spoke to his hospital consultant and he's happy to try that bowel protocol. He gave me a prescription for the Epsom Salts. I dont think I need a prescription but the principle of getting one was important to demonstrate his support. I will start trying to source them online as the food grade one is no longer available here in Ireland.

    I am going to wait a couple of weeks to start it with him as we have holidays coming up from this weekend and I'm hoping to be able to get away here and there for short breaks and I don't want anything interfering with that.

    I will let you know how he gets on with it. Thanks again.
     
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    TigerLilea Senior Member

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    @JoanDublin - Is it because of the abortion issue in Ireland that you can't purchase food grade Epsom Salts?
     
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  5. JoanDublin

    JoanDublin Senior Member

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    Gosh, I've no idea! Wouldn't think so but now you have me curious! I must try and check that out :)
     
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  6. Gingergrrl

    Gingergrrl Community Support Volunteer

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    @JoanDublin I just read in your prior posts that you are coping with Lupus and COPD in addition to caring for your son and did not know that was the case?! Are you able to get the care you need for yourself while arranging all your son's care?
     
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  7. JoanDublin

    JoanDublin Senior Member

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    That's a good question! There is just him and me living here so it all falls to me I'm afraid. I do my best to keep as well as I can but it's damn hard sometimes. Truthfully, I have to factor in my own limitations when it comes to how far I can go with helping him, i..e. going abroad, etc
     
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  8. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    Since you have a prescription, could a pharmacist order the Epsom Salts for you?
     
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  9. JoanDublin

    JoanDublin Senior Member

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    I was just thinking the very same thing a while ago. I'm going to go to my helpful local pharmacy and see what they say :)
     
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  10. xchocoholic

    xchocoholic Senior Member

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    Hi @JoanDublin

    In my experience Epsom salt was harder on the digestive tract than magnesium citrate. Es caused severe cramping where mc, Natural Calm brand, never has.

    Es worked well for baths tho. In my early years I always needed
    About 2 cups per bath.

    Tc .. x
     
  11. JoanDublin

    JoanDublin Senior Member

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    Well its been a while since I posted on this thread. Thanks to @taniaaust1 for her experience on the Epsom Salt Protocol, we finally got to start it today. I had to order the stuff online and the smallest quantity the company could supply was a 25kg sack! I won't be running out of it any time soon, thats for sure!

    So far he is taking the Epsom Salts but it is vile and makes him want to puke so I'm hoping that he has a result before he throws in the towel with it. I started off with 2.5mg and we are now up to 8mg. Im just increasing by 1mg each hour for the moment.

    I will let you know if it works for him.

    Also I mentioned on this thread that one of his symptoms was blurred vision and, sure enough, his recent hospital appointment showed a deterioration in his eyesight so he now has to wear glasses. I just know its all ME related. His hearing was tested as well and his left ear (the one that has the tinnitus) is borderline,i.e. its just on the cusp of being acceptable hearing. They said they will do a scan on him in three months if the tinnitus is still there. Im not sure what thats about though.
     
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    JoanDublin Senior Member

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    And we have a result! Bowel movement tonight. Woo Hoo, whoever thought I'd be happy to see a poo...There's a poem in there somewhere :)
     
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    AndyPandy Making the most of it

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    Valentijn Activity Level: 3

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    "Ode to Poo" accompanied by the "Happy Turd Dance"? :rofl:
     
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    JoanDublin Senior Member

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    @Valentijn That's too funny! I love the thought of the Happy Turd Dance! He was certainly doing that last night. He had about 10 bowel movements throughout the night! He's sore as hell but absolutely delighted with the result. Said he feels so much lighter, lol! God the relief must be amazing. He's already taken today's first dose without so much as a squawk of complaint so that tells me how thrilled he is with the outcome. Fingers crossed for onwards and upwards. I'm beside myself with the need to shout it from the rooftops....but in the interests of protecting the bit that's left of his dignity at this stage, I will refrain :) :)
     
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  16. Little Bluestem

    Little Bluestem Senescent on the Illinois prairie, USA

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    Are you sure this Epsom Salt is meant for consumption. My carton of Epsom Salt mentions only using is for soaks and baths. It does not actually say "do not use internally". I think you may need "food grade/pharmaceutical grade" Epsom Salt. You might contact the company from which you order it and ask if it is safe to consume, if you are not sure.
     
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    Yeah I thought it would work as his bowel did sound just like mine was and I completely sympathise with him in just how discusting this stuff takes, I used to gag when trying to take it its so discusting but it came down to be the only thing which worked for me if I didnt want to be doing daily enemas for possibly the rest of my life. I do hope his bowel ends up fixing itself with it after months (4-6mths?) of taking it regularly like mine did, this stuff makes the bowel work.

    I are quite concerned thou in the possibility that you could have non food grade epsom salts seeing you had to buy it in such a HUGE quantity (It should of been able to be found in 250g or 500g container or box).. If you asked company on the phone about it, its quite possible the person who took the call may of given the wrong reply.

    Does it say "food grade" or have instructions for taking orally on your container? (thou I doubt if oral instructions would be on such a big container of it but would still expect that to have a food grade label on it. Please write to the company if nothing is written on it and get in writing that it is food grade (unless they advertised it as such). Most Epsom salts out there are not food grade ones and hence have impurities in it.

    May I ask what brand you brought?
     
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    I got a 25kg sack a couple of years ago - originally for tomatoes ... the only type I could get was food grade. Still have it. Not growing tomatoes any more, but am taking some each morning for the effect described. ;)
     
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  19. taniaaust1

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    I still think your son has probably an actual mitochrondrial disorder from his eye and ear symptoms (I also suspect I do too. My family history and my own childhood one indicates it a bit, my dad had a hearing aid as a child but had good hearing as an adult. One day hopefully find a specialist in that and find out). That type of bowel issue can be caused by mito issues too.

    Maybe at one point you could look into mitochondrial protocols to try with him.
     
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  20. taniaaust1

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    What does it do with tomatoes?
     
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