Kidney Pain After Taking Magnesium

by Michael
(Sydney, Australia)

Hi. I am a 54 year old male who lost most of my right kidney when I was 21. I started taking magnesium to see if it would help the pain I have from a recent traumatic neck injury. Within days I was experiencing terrible flank pain. I decided it was related to my magnesium intake and so I stopped immediately. Most of the discomfort subsided but there is still some residual pain. Is it possible I have damaged my kidneys?

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Very unusual
by: Kerri Knox, The Immune Queen

Very unusual. I've literally never once heard of anyone having kidney pain from taking magnesium. Magnesium is PROCESSED through the kidneys, but that does not mean that it DAMAGES kidneys. Even if someone takes too much, that does not damage their kidneys, it merely means their kidneys are not able to excrete all of the magnesium. Interestingly, kidney pain is simply not a symptom of magnesium overdose because it does not harm the kidneys.

And generally, even something that damages the kidneys does not cause kidney pain. One of the few things that causes kidney pain is kidney stones.

I don't know why you would experience pain taking magnesium, and without being able to repeat the experiment, it could possibly be simply a coincidence. Maybe a kidney stone? Maybe just back pain?

However, if you are concerned about damage to your kidney, the only way to find out is to get your doctor to do blood tests and see if your kidney function tests are elevated, or maybe you had a kidney stone?

Not to say that it wasn't the magnesium, I have no idea, it's just that I have virtually no reports of kidney pain from anyone taking magnesium.

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