Low Zinc & Magnesium Levels Found In Fibromyalgia Patients

Researchers found through a recent study that serum magnesium and zinc levels may play an important role in the pathophysiology of Fibromyalgia. The study was published in the May 22, 2008 issue of the Rheumatology International journal.

Thirty-two patients diagnosed with Fibromyalgia were compared to 32 normal healthy controls. The average age was 42.9 for the FM group and 41.3 for the control group. The Visual Analog Scale was used to estimate the daily severity of their pain and fatigue and the Fibromyalgia Impact Questionnaire was used to evaluate their functioning level. All subjects were tested for serum selenium, serum zinc and serum magnesium levels.

The serum levels of zinc and magnesium were significantly lower in the FM group, but there was little difference in the selenium levels of both groups. There was also a meaningful association between zinc levels and the number of tender points, and between magnesium levels and fatigue.

Source: Sendur, OF, Tastaban E, Turan Y, Ulman C.. “The relationship between serum trace element levels and clinical parameters in patients with fibromyalgia.” Rheumatology International May 22(2008).

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  3. Well, I knew about the magnesium, but I didn’t know about the zinc. Also, magnesium and malic acid work good for FM. A friend of mine, 68 years old, has FM and it’s so painful for her. But magnesium and malic acid help hers. I may have to start taking my zinc again, though.

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