WebMD says that 80 percent of the population will experience low back pain at some point in their lives. They list the main causes as slipped discs, spinal stenosis, and scoliosis. These are very extreme causes of low back pain. Doctors will offer muscle relaxants to help relieve spasms in and around that area. Very often physical therapy is recommended as well. However, if the medications and therapy don’t work, they may refer you to a orthopedic surgeon who will likely tell you to have back surgery.

Dr. Carolyn Dean reports in her book, The Magnesium Miracle, that “magnesium helps muscles and nerves relax…Muscle twitches, tics, and spasms may seem like minor irritations to the onlooker, but to the person suffering, it’s like water torture–only instead of water slowly dripping on your forehead, your eye or lip or a small muscle in your leg may constantly jump and writhe. Muscle twitches are a sure sign of magnesium deficiency. The nervous system is hyperexcitable and fires off small muscle groups to try to release some tension.”

Even hiccups can be related to a lack of magnesium. In a 2013 study, the journal Anasthesia reported on using IV and oral magnesium therapy for chronic low back pain. The study reported that, “persistent mechanical irritation of the nerve root sets up a series of events mediating sensitization of the dorsal roots and dorsal horns in the spinal cord. Current evidence supports the role of magnesium in blocking central sensitization through its effect on N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors.” In the study, all of the patients were being treated with anticonvulsants, antidepressants and analgesics. Researchers found a rotating schedule of two weeks of IV magnesium followed by four weeks of oral magnesium reduced pain intensity and improved lumbar spine mobility in patients with intractable low back pain and associated nerve involvement.

It is important to have your doctor check for any anatomical damage that might require surgery. But most low back pain is muscular and is worsened by stress. Neuritis and neuropathy are general terms for inflammation of a nerve or the peripheral nervous system. Peripheral neuropathy is inflammation or degeneration of the nerves outside of the brain or spinal cord. Diabetes causes peripheral neuropathy which affects 50 percent of the older diabetic population.

Neuralgia is a stabbing, shocking, or burning pain along a damaged or irritated nerve. Trigeminal neuralgia is inflammation of the fifth cranial nerve which affects the face and usually occurs in people older than 50 years of age. Nearly all of the cases involve an artery pressing on the trigeminal nerve where the brain stem meets the spinal cord. Standard of care for this condition is surgery. But it is quite likely that calcification and a lack of magnesium is the root cause. Calcification occurs as we age and it can cause an artery to become rigid. The pressure associated with a rigid artery could easily irritate the trigeminal nerve. Therapeutic levels of magnesium to dissolve the buildup could have life altering benefits.

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