In my 2017 edition of Magnesium Miracle I will pay special attention to low back pain and magnesium, which I left out of the first editions! Chronic low back pain in ages 18 and above occurs in 13.1% to 20.3% of the population. WebMD says that 80% of adults will at some point in their lives experience low back pain. They name slipped discs, spinal stenosis and scoliosis as the causes. But these seem to be very extreme triggers for low back pain. The main treatments for back pain are pain meds and muscle relaxants because doctors know muscles will be in spasm around an area of low back pain. But what if magnesium deficiency causes spastic muscles that go into more spasm when irritated and overworked, and that’s the cause of many cases of chronic low back pain?
I’ve talked about my heart palpitations and leg cramps as my main magnesium deficiency symptoms. However, over the past 6 months, while updating this edition of the book, I began experimenting with reducing my magnesium doses. Taking less than 300mg a day I developed an occasional leg cramp and heart palpitation and some low back aching resurfaced that I was plagued with many years ago! I remember going to conferences wearing a back brace to support my low back! I realize I was suffering from low back muscle spasms that came and went and I didn’t even associate them with my magnesium deficiency or their disappearance with my magnesium intake until just now!
In a 2013 study in Anesthesia, investigators used IV and oral magnesium for patients with chronic low back pain. The researchers found that, “a 2-week intravenous magnesium infusion followed by 4 weeks of oral magnesium supplementation can reduce pain intensity and improve lumbar spine mobility during a 6-month period in patients with refractory chronic low back pain with a neuropathic component.”
Going over case histories of people who report benefits from magnesium, low back pain comes up very often and magnesium should be the first treatment for this condition. You can take oral ReMag (which is better absorbed and retained than IV magnesium), Epsom salts baths, and spray ReMag locally several times a day on the painful areas. Also be sure and hydrate your cells with enough water and sea salt to provide extra trace minerals along with ReMyte for higher amounts of mineral building blocks. All this information is in my ReMag and ReMyte books that are free at RnA ReSet under the Info link.
Of course, you should have your back pain checked out by your doctor, including X-rays, if necessary, to make sure there is no nerve impairment. However, most low back pain is muscular and worsened by stress including the stress of being concerned that you might have a chronic condition! To learn more about the stress and emotional component of back pain read Rehabilitation Specialist, Dr. John Sarno’s book Healing Back Pain. Sarno says that one of the reasons pain becomes chronic is that people stop moving their bodies, they stop exercising and don’t work at strengthening their back and strengthening their core and that just makes the problem worse.
With these tips you won’t end up on prescription medications with all their side effects. As reported by the Nutritional Magnesium Association “every day, 52 people die from opioid pain medications. Every year, 47,000 die from a drug overdose, mostly from prescription pain medications.” And back pain is the most common ailment for which people take pain pills.
Carolyn Dean MD ND
The Doctor of the Future®
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