Son has been having signs of magnesium deficiency
I have a couple of questions. My 11 year old son has been having signs of magnesium deficiency for years… usually pain in his arms and/or legs. I started giving him magnesium, and on most days that I gave it to him, he would not have pain. Sometimes he did, so I tried other forms and found that some worked better than others. The best ones that were working for a while were ionic plus L-Threonate. I gave that to him nightly and when I did, no pain. I stopped the ionic due to them discontinuing the one I liked (of course) and so he’s just on the L-threonate now, but I heard that another brand was better. I am looking into this. I’m very low income, so it has been a little difficult to shell out almost $50 a month just for magnesium.
His doctor became concerned with my heavy supplementation when I mentioned it at his visit, and ordered a serum magnesium test. I am not sure if this is the same one mentioned in the pinned post, the MG RBC? Well, she called me at home to tell me he was at the top of the range and that she thinks I should lower them. The range given was only 1.7-2.3. So he was at 2.3… which “warranted concern.” Is this the same test?
When she told me this, I was immediately confused because it seems that what I am giving him may not be going to the right place. Since the amount in the blood is not the same as in the bones… and since the bone amount is much more important to see if he is absorbing it right, then what is the best test for this? I asked her and she said only a very invasive test with like a bone puncture or something. Is this the only way? Or is there a specific test I can ask her for to see what is in his bones? I’ll save up to pay for it on my own if his insurance doesn’t cover… which it probably won’t.
I don’t want to o.d. him… but also need to make sure he is absorbing it. If not, I need another plan of action.
Thanks in advance!!!