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 Posted 8/22/2013 12:05:52 PM
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I had headaches for about three years.

Finally I was referred to a physical therapist who gave me a sheet of daily exercises to retrain the muscles in my shoulders, neck, and the base of my skull.   It took three therapy visits, plus exercises at home (about 5 minutes each day), and my headaches evaporated forever.

As for supplements-- magnesium and calcium are very calming to the muscles.  An epsom salt bath (magnesium sulfate) might help on an emergency basis.  Magnesium lotions and "oils" also help keep the intracellular (RBC or white blood cell) magnesium levels high.  I like the lotion by Ancient Minerals available on Amazon.

You might check her RBC magnesium level, or order a Spectracell test.  The Spectracell test runs $400, or less if you order online, and checks over 30 nutrients.  I've used it and it definitely helped me.

As for the other recommendation re: Taurine, I think it would be a good idea to check her amino acid levels to see if she is low on any aminos (can be caused by a weak enzyme).   Your doctor can order that test, which is very cheap via Quest, or you can order it online through LEF.

Good luck!
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 Posted 8/22/2013 12:38:35 PM
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One might also note that choline, DMAE and TMG can increase muscle tension.

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 Posted 8/24/2013 1:35:20 AM
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Thanks a lot shoponl, I will definitely start by purchasing some Epsom Magnesium Salts and Magnesium Oils/Lotions.


Regarding the exercises, she also has some "homework" from her muscle therapist but if you have any references to the specific exercises you were assigned, such as an YouTube video or similar, that would be extremely useful.



Finally, we will ask her doctor about the tests you suggest.



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 Posted 8/26/2013 9:33:19 AM
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Is there a hormone factor in muscle tension? All my life I've had extreme muscle tension and hormone problems, like PMS. My spouse has been normal until this year, but now at age 54 she's getting it, too. I know DHEA helps with inflammation, but ours are now restored to a young person's level. Could increasing muscle tension suggest we need more estrogen or progesterone?

Supplements can be great, but I have found some problems are intractable unless hormones are addressed first.

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Elaine


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 Posted 9/11/2013 10:07:30 AM
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I've now taken benfotiamine for 2 weeks for muscle tension and hypoglycemia. It's helping with the muscle tension, but seems to be causing joint pain in my hands. More info here:
http://ask.lef.org/FindPost10229.aspx

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Every health care professional that touches her neck, shoulder and back muscles is shocked with how stiff and rock solid they seem due to muscle tension (she is only 25 and has felt this terrible headaches 24/7 since she was a child, she lived in an extremelly stressfull environment untill she was 16, in a country with civil war that affected her mother even before she was born).


Does she have jaw tension as well?  Has she had her wisdom teeth extracted?  Has she been checked for TMJ?

I'd hate to think it was epigenetic, but its quite possible.
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