I was experiencing a very strange phenomenon for the last 4 cycles. I would experience my monthly and a few days afterwards, I would always get extreme tension in my shoulders and neck. The first couple of months I just put it down to sleeping funny or doing something strange in my exercise regimen but when it started to be a recurring pattern, it really struck me that something was off kilter.
Initially, I tried the usual ointments and rubs to alleviate the tension but ultimately they didn’t seem to help that much. I would get a barring headache after the second day of intense neck pain and there was nothing that would alleviate it, except those nasty painkillers. I knew something had to be done to fix it! So, off I went exploring better options…
What I found interesting was that the cycle of neck pain and tension seemed to correlate with my monthly, which made me recognize that it was something related to my hormones and what they might be lacking. I began to increase my omega 6 intake with krill oil and eat more chia seeds than I had been. It seemed to help my brain function and clarity but no, the following month the pain returned, just as randomly as the month before.
I then stumbled on an article when I was researching Magnesium and came across some research which suggested that the body uses more magnesium in the luteal phase of the cycle.
What was interesting is that a low magnesium count seemed to have effects on our blood circulation and permeability, which could account for lactic acid build up in the muscles in my neck and shoulder and the associated headaches. I have also been experiencing higher than normal levels of bloating with my monthly…
BINGO! I had found out that magnesium might be something my body was lacking or needing desperately at that time of the month!
The trouble was that I had tried many different magnesium tablets in the past and they inevitably didn’t work or they left me with a bad case of diarrhoea, which is the last thing you want when you are feeling bloated and tense in your shoulders!
There had to be a better way…
Luckily, I now work part-time at a health shop and am exposed to all sorts of supplements and solutions that I had never considered before. On a cupboard tucked away at the back, I discovered the Dr Schuessler Tissue Salts. My mom had mentioned tissue salts to me in the past and I also have a fascinating book on them, so I knew I could trust in the brand name. The trouble was that the tablet forms of magnesium contained lactose, which I really want to avoid with Endometriosis.
Right next to the magnesium capsule was displayed a Magnesium Spray. You simply spray a few squirts under the tongue and the body is able to absorb the magnesium that way. It was just over $10, so I decided it couldn’t hurt to try it.
Well, it is now the 2nd month of experiencing no more neck pain! I did feel it coming on a little yesterday again but instantly used my magnesium spray under the tongue and it works!
I have also combined this with a topical spray I created. I just put some Epsom Salts in a spray bottle with some water and spray that topically. You could probably get a Magnesium Oil to do this too.
So far, it all seems to be working.
Now, of course this is just a temporary fix and I need to work out why my neck and back get stiff so easily. I have booked myself in to see a physiotherapist next week and hopefully we can work out what is going on. It feels like there is a little more to this and I will certainly keep you updated.
The key thing I wanted to share with you is a great way to get magnesium into your body that is affordable and highly effective and of course, the correlation with menstrual pain and bloating!
Have you tried magnesium for Endometriosis before and been left wondering why you get diarrhoea? Did you find this interesting? Useful insights?