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OK, a week later and here are the results:

First off, the magnesium (glycinate?) did provide me with some instant relief (instant means it took about 1/2 hour for absorption) each time I took it this week.  However, starting at 6:00 pm, my legs would come to life and I writhed in agony because of the awful leg-crawling feeling.  Even my regular meds did not help during this period.  The only thing that helped was finally taking my sleep meds and going to bed (chronic insomniac, so I actually require meds to sleep or I simply will not sleep).  

However, starting yesterday/Sunday, I noticed that my legs simply never ever turned on in the first place.  This is consistent with what I was seeing online, meaning that I needed to take the Magnesium for about a week to see any real effect.  And for a long-term benefit, it seems like about 1 week is about right.  With luck, this is something that will continue to have a cumulative effect as I continue to take the Magnesium supplement.

Eric
6 days ago
Day 2 of the Magnesium experiment.

I got up early this morning and by 4:00am I could feel my RLS start to wake up so I took my first magnesium capsule.  It is now 6:30am and my legs feel pretty good.  Just for reference, my RLS strikes any time of day or night so a morning flare up is typical.

Every source I find on the internet says that these supplements should take a week at the very least to start working with two weeks being more typical and some sources say that I may require as much as four weeks for the magnesium to build up enough to have a noticeable effect.  All of this suggests that:

1). I have one heck of a placebo effect going on.  If this is true then I am thankful that the placebo makes me feel better.

2). I have one incredibly fast-acting form of magnesium (magnesium glycinate).  Or possibly alternatively/additionally I was so deficient in magnesium that just a little went a very long ways.

Thoughts?

Eric
1 week ago
Update:  it’s 7:00pm and my RLS is starting to flare up—it just sorta snapped on—so I took my second magnesium capsule.  I might take my gabapentin in a few minutes.  We will see how things work out.

Eric
1 week ago
Donna,

Thanks for letting me know that the magnesium can work this fast and that I am not imagining things!

It’s about 4:00 pm and my legs feel pretty good.  A 1 of 10 on my jumpy leg scale.  I can feel that the RLS exists but it doesn’t really bother me and I forget about it if I am not paying attention.

For what it’s worth, I swallowed my first magnesium supplement pill with water from my water bottle—which I just flavored up by juicing a lemon into it.  Maybe the acidity of the lemon was what pushed the magnesium into action so quickly?  And yes, there is the possibility that my body was screaming for magnesium but I couldn’t/wouldn’t hear/listen.  

When I mentioned to my wife that I was feeling drastic relief in only 30 minutes she suggested a placebo effect may be in play—a reasonable assumption.  And maybe a placebo effect is at work, so I guess the real proof will be if this keeps working.

Still, I am very hopeful!  Thanks so much to everyone who recommended magnesium!!

Eric
1 week ago
Sounds like a plan Joe!

So how large in diameter are the logs we are talking about?  Are you thinking about using sawdust or peg spawn?

Eric
1 week ago
Joe,

This is a very late reply so my apologies, but I would try two different types of mushrooms, but there are some decisions that you are going to need to make for yourself.

The first choice is the Wine Cap, which is one of the easiest and most aggressive mushrooms that a newbie can start with.  Wine Caps are not all that particular about their setting—they actually like a little bit of dappled sunlight.  They grow best if they can get within about six inches of the ground as they really benefit from some soil microbes.  Being highly aggressive, they do what I call self-sterilization, meaning that they aggressively outcompete just about any other fungus out there.  They could be a very good choice.

The other choice is some variety of an oyster mushroom (Pohu is a good choice).  These are also very aggressive but do best when the log is still standing.  Much of what I already stated about Wine Caps can also be said about Oyster Mushrooms.  The difference being that Oysters don’t really like to interact with the soil the way a Wine Cap does.

Maybe your decision comes down to this:  how big around is your log?  Generally, the further from the ground, the better that Oysters will do.  The closer to soil contact, the better Wine Caps will do.

Does any of this help?

Eric
1 week ago
Christopher,

I know this is a month late, but those certainly look like Wine Caps.  And you are absolutely dead-on correct in that once they decide to pop up, they really decide to pop up all over the place.

Eric
1 week ago
Deane,

Actually, flowers and herbs on the coffee can basis sounds like a nice idea!!

Eric
1 week ago
So I have had a couple of “aha” moments, but I will relate my first.

Many years ago I mowed my lawn in the spring but did so late enough after the previous mowing that I had to rake grass clippings—as in a huge amount of grass clippings.  I didn’t know what to do with the huge pile of clippings so I moved it all out to a small orchard that I had recently planted.  There I just let it sit.  It got hot—very, very hot and eventually broke down to a pile about 6 inches high and six feet around (this pile had been 5 feet tall).  

The real magic happened over the next year.  Turns out that pile was positioned directly up a VERY slight (as in invisible to the naked eye) incline from a peach tree, one of six of the same variety in that row.  A dark elipse of lush, green grass stretched from the base of that pile and just encased the base of that one peach tree.  That tree grew twice as fast and as tall as the others in the row.  People would walk by and ask “What kind of tree is that?” That tree vastly out produced the others.  And now that the row is dying back, that one tree still hangs on, looking pretty healthy.  All of this from the world’s worst compost setup—all greens, no browns and no turning.  And it wasn’t even placed around the tree itself.

The moral of the story is twofold.  Firstly, decomposing material on the surface is greatly beneficial to the soil beneath and by extension to anything growing in that soil.

Secondly, don’t get too worked up about getting compost perfect.  Haphazardly made compost is better than nothing at all.  And even just piles of organic matter left to rot can work wonders

Eric
1 week ago
Surely I am imagining this.

It’s been just a bit over 1/2 hour since I made the previous post and I was away posting on another thread on Permies when I suddenly realized that my legs were not jumping out of my skin.  Could this be for real?  1/2 hour seems like barely enough time for GI/Oral absorption, let alone time for the magnesium to actually do anything in my body but—there it is.  

I will update.

Eric
1 week ago