The method I use to get more magnesium across the skin is spraying the skin with a completely saturated Epsom salt solution. When I make up my Epsom salts solution, I use two mugfuls of Epsom salts in 750 ml of water (that is about the maximum amount of Epsom salts you can dissolve in that volume of water).
That sounds intriguing, and when I have less fatigue I’ll try mixing up a batch ….. right now, it’s like building the Great Wall ….. by myself.
So all these herbs may help reduce anxiety, assuming the anxiety is caused by chronic brain inflammation and the glutamate such neuroinflammation produces.
It was being discussed specifically for use against excitotoxicity without distinguishing between glutamate excitotoxicity and neuro-inflammatory reactions from chronic brain inflammation, which makes it harder for me to figure out which source / cause was creating my reaction
I appreciate that a small subset of people may react badly to MSG (getting headaches, etc), and some may get panic attacks. Perhaps that's what you experienced?
No, I don’t think so. I’ve used multiple MSG-type products in cooking for the last 25-plus years, from naturally fermented soy sauce to mushrooms to tempeh to miso with absolutely no ill effects til the ME started, and I think that’s the primary connecting factor. It’s not uncommon for those with ME/CFS to have this kind of glutamate reaction, and I’m definitely not alone in this. There’s a connection somewhere.
On the other hand, I hope you weren't unduly fearful because of all these Internet articles that try to portray MSG as the devil incarnate? Sometimes you get this hearsay fear mongering online, and then these sort of hysterical articles can cause anxiety just by themselves.
Please. I ain’t that simple. I believe little that I read from internet sources until I can back it up with deeper research or personal experience, particularly input from bloggers and anyone selling something, including a personal ideology.
The main difference is that PD occurs in short intense bouts of anxiety and panic, whereas GAD tends to involve continuous levels of anxiety.
I’ve already outlined the intensity and duration of the attacks I was dealing with in my previous osts to ya’ll, so won’t flog that tedious horse again I really don’t know which it is, but my money is pretty much on GAD, due to the extreme duration both of each attack and the time span over which they occurred. And I tend to focus more on getting them to stop, which I’ve had excellent success with, so far.
Agoraphobia sounds more like panic disorder, as you often get this in PD. I never experienced any agoraphobia with my GAD.
We’re all different, and your expression of this crippling symptom will, per force, be different in varying ways, including the absence of it, from mine or John Doe’s or Jane doe’s, etc etc. And the things that “fix” it or heal it will also vary, though some things may be standard for all. Agoraphobia in both PD and GAD isn’t entirely uncommon, so you’re one of the lucky ones who doesn’t experience this particular, rather nasty effect.
Note that 500 mg of inositol is a tiny dose for serotonin purposes; the doses used to boost serotonin are up to 15,000 mg (15 grams) daily, which is around 2 heaped teaspoons. It's only at these high doses that you might notice anti-anxiety effects.
I agree that it’s almost micro-dosing, but at one time, in conjunction with melatonin and a tart cherry cap, along with a healthy dose of mag gly, it helped me sleep. That benefit disappeared with the onset of the ME
SSRIs can often lead to adverse effects though like emotional flattening and sexual dysfunction. So high-dose inositol is a safer option.
Totally agree …. high dose inositol is infinitely
preferable to anything in the SSRI family. I wouldn’t touch an SSRI again if it came attached to a large annual annuity, several vacation homes in locations of my choice, a Bentley with a chauffeur, and my own private jet.
How are you dealing with some of the other aspects of ME/CFS?
I’m finding the repeated episodes of fatigue, not quite bad enough to qualify for full-blown PEMS (those leave me flat on my @ss for anywhere from 1 to 4 days, useless to man or beast) or necessarily always connected to overexertion, but debilitating nonetheless, are unpredictable and hard to handle.
They leave me exhausted and brain-dead, zombified and pretty much supine for great chunks of a day, sometimes the whole day, but they have a different resonance from full-blown PEMS.
The headaches and head pressure, also intermittent, seem to be less frequent and debilitating., but they still appear suddenly and with no warning, sometimes from one moment to the next.
The POTS episodes are easier to handle, because I can generally feel them coming on and I just stay still for however long it takes for them to pass, unless I have to literally crawl to the bathroom.
The insomnia and badly intermittent, interrupted sleep are also difficult, and without the inositol and tart cherry (that also turned on me, and I learned that they act on the GABAa receptors and clear thru the same P450 enzyme process that benzos and many prescription sleep aids do) to give a gentle boost to the melatonin and mag, the sleep effect is limited both in strength and scope.
The severe muscle pains and spasticity seem to be getting better, probably the disciplined mag gly dosing, and the bone and joint issues also seem t be receding somewhat.
All in all, it’s a pretty full plate.
I’m crashing badly right now, so I’m going to totter off now, and thank you again for your previous input re all this shite.