Calcium chloride caused me to lose magnesium.

sixgunsue

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Aug 12, 2020
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Eagle Mountain, UT
Ok this is really weird but I need to know if using Calcium Chlorinate to balance water hardness can can cause my magnesium to tank? I have a condition that causes me to have electrolyte wasting and I got a salt water pool t help me with that. It usually causes me great relief and tops off my electrolytes but I was instructed to put in the calcium C. a few days ago and then I swam in it 24 hrs later and afterward within a few hrs was in tremendous pain. The pain I get when I run out of magnesium and my muscles seize up, especially in my back. Is this possible? That it caused me to lose my magnesium? I'm having a terrible time getting my magnesium back up.
 

JeanZ1

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I think you mean you added calcium chloride. I don't think electrolyte (Mg, Ca) loss/gain would occur thru the skin, but in any case, sounds like a question for your Dr.
 

JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
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I don't see how adding calcium to your pool would affect magnesium levels in your body.

Check with your doctor for these types of issues.
 
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markayash

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I asked my doctor is swimming in the Ocean could raise my sodium level and Blood pressure and he told me to stop trying to be a doctor :)
 
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sixgunsue

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Aug 12, 2020
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Sorry, typo, I meant that I don't see how it would affect the level. Fixed.
It can have a huge effect, transdermally is the best way to get and lose precious minerals. My Dr said it could absolutely have a bad effect if I got too much calcium chlorinate transdermally. Why do think Epsom soaks work? The salt water in the pool helps me the same way.
 

YippeeSkippy

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ok, renal issues are about lytes *in* the body.... how your kidney's handle them. But you're not going to absorb or lose any lytes by swimming. Your body doesn't work that way. The Dr probably thought a pool would help *relax* you and give you exercise.

When in doubt ask him directly. Chiropractors don't count, lol.

Maddie, RN, CCRN
 

YippeeSkippy

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It can have a huge effect, transdermally is the best way to get and lose precious minerals. My Dr said it could absolutely have a bad effect if I got too much calcium chlorinate transdermally. Why do think Epsom soaks work? The salt water in the pool helps me the same way.

If that were the case we'd save having to give renal patients oral calcium....we could just slather it all over their bodies. Which we don't. It would be a lot easier sometimes though. Have you given up bathing in water too? Tap water contains calcium.

Get a vinyl pool then= no calcium needed! :)
 

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Mg and Ca are chemically quite similar, same group in the periodic table. I could imagine that with an increased Ca-level in the water (but unchanged Mg), more Ca "docks to the receptors" in your body where you actually wanted Mg to fulfill a specific function.

Just an idea, I'm not a doctor. Maybe talk it through with your dr if that makes sense.
 

Flying Tivo

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Jan 24, 2017
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e Gittlemans syndrome
Gitleman syndrome is purely on the kidney, and on the distal loop of henle's. Is a genetic disorder where NaCl cant be absorbed and pulls other ions(Mg) with it to waste by gradiants. You are certainly right in implying the sking is the largest organ in the human body and it does absorb but through other active ion exchange methods not like passive NaCl/Mg. The skin sweat gland do secrete salt, but i lack the knowladge if gitelmans also affects this glands. I would highly suspect more on the salt content of the pool than the Calcium content to do any mayor gradiant pulling of Mg through the sweat gland.

Im an Eye MD not a Nefrologist, which i highly suggest you consult with him.
 

markayash

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Mar 21, 2016
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Well, Dr's are known for saying stuff like that when they have no answer! Hahah. Natural salt won't harm you.
My electrolytes impact my BP
I had to switch to a potassium sparing med but had to see a specialist to fiq that out..I still take more the a normal amount of magnesium glycinate but it helps
 

CrystalRiver

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Jun 19, 2020
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Epsom salt baths feel good because the water is extremely soft, and because placebo. Magnesium (and other electrolytes) do not pass into the body through the skin in any significant amount. Why admit a person to ICU for a month, repeatedly, to administer IV and multiple oral versions of the same electrolyte, when soaking in a tub of salt water would work?

If electrolytes passed through the skin so easily, nobody would take Epsom salt baths, because it would give them the runs (if it didn't just kill them).
 

JamesW

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Mar 2, 2011
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I don't think that the calcium in the pool is related to your medical issues, but that's something you will have to discuss with your doctor.

I would suspect that swimming or other strenuous activity would be more likely to cause the issue.

Have you been genetically tested for the suspected disease?
 

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