Magnesium lindrade Josefins migränattacker

Magnesium relieved Josefin's migraine attacks

Josefine is one of the 1.5 million people in Sweden who suffer from migraines, which makes it one of the most common diseases in our long country. For Josefine, it has not only been about a severe headache, but it has also brought with it many side effects such as mental illness and a large portion of shame. Josefine tried many medications with several side effects before she was recommended to take magnesium as a preventive measure, which has changed her life as the migraine attacks do not come at all to the same degree now compared to before she started taking nutritional supplements.

For Josefine, she had experienced migraines up close before she got the problems herself, this through her mother who was often bedridden in a dark room full of pain-relieving medications. For Josefine, her migraine attacks started in high school and she clearly remembers her first real attack.

- It was like experiencing some kind of visual phenomenon that was followed by flashes, flickering and double vision. Then came a headache that hurt so bad I didn't know where to go, the only pain I could compare it to was suffering from a terrible violent toothache which I had done on one occasion earlier in my life.

Many others with migraines describe the course as beginning with symptoms such as fatigue, reduced ability to concentrate and a poorer thinking function. Then a severe headache begins, which many people with migraines describe as unmanageable.

- My headaches were rare at first but later I had about one attack a month which put an extreme on my mood, I became very irritable and angry, but also felt filled with shame as I was ashamed to say I had a headache. It was like no one believed in me and several friends and teachers thought I felt too much and that it was just a matter of taking a headache tablet if I was in pain.

During an attack of the most powerful kind, Josefine had to visit the hospital, where she was told that it was a migraine that she had suffered from, exactly the same illness that her mother suffered from. The medical staff gave her powerful medicine to ease the pain.

- My whole body said NO, NO, NO to taking such powerful medications for the pain. I had seen with my own eyes how my mother became flustered and was not herself at these intakes. But at the same time I had no choice, my pain was terrible, I would have done anything to make it go away.

Later in life came the next challenge for Josefine. When she had finished her university studies and was looking for a job, how would she deal in a job interview with the fact that she will probably have a lot of absence due to her migraine attacks? Here she chose never to bring it up because then she realized that it would be impossible to get a job at all.

Josefin got the first job she applied for and remembers the happiness of having her own nice office and many colleagues. But also the mental pressure to live up to the expectations and demands on oneself and from others.

- Over time, the migraine began to affect my work, the attacks continued to come quite regularly and I didn't know how to deal with it. It felt like my colleagues thought I was lying. But my boss unexpectedly became my savior as he had experience of migraines from his own family and understood what I was going through. It was a great liberation for me.

Josefin goes on to say that this was also where the big turning point came when her boss asked her if she had tested her body values, which she had not done. Her boss had experience that too low levels of magnesium in the body could affect the migraine attacks.

- It turned out to be true, even though it was difficult to measure the magnesium levels in particular, it could still be seen that I had very low levels. I started taking magnesium supplements daily and after a couple of months my attacks started to decrease. After a year, they had decreased considerably.

Magnesium is a mineral substance and in the body, magnesium is involved in many processes and acts as an important component of over 350 enzymes. Research and investigations have been able to connect low magnesium levels in saliva, serum and cerebrospinal fluid in connection with migraine.

For Josefine, a magnesium was a turning point in terms of the number of attacks, which also made her more relaxed as a person.

- Previously I went and waited for the next attack which was hugely stressful, today I don't feel so much anymore which has given me a different mindset as I manage my working days better than before, I am more harmonious which makes it feel natural to enjoy both dinners and daily exercise. Before, everything was just irritation, chaos and living in the moment.

An interesting connection Josefin makes is that she also would not have been where she is today without her migraine.

- When I had problems in high school with poor grades as a result and that no one believed in me, I think I clenched my fist a little extra and wanted to show them that I could go extra far in my future professional career. It has been tough and I have had to fight extra hard to reach my goals, but it has also given me a humility in life that I benefit from both in my work and life in general.

For Josefin, a small dietary supplement has given the water lots of positive effects. If you have problems with migraines and want to try Aarja's magnesium supplements, these are available with B6 + zinc. Read more and order these here…

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