Magnesium For Chronic Pain: Does it Help?

Chronic pain and magnesium

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Chronic Pain is One of Canada’s Most Common Medical Conditions and the Least Understood

Pain is a result of an excessive stimulation of a chemical in the brain called “NMDA.” Magnesium works to settle NMDA without the toxicity of over-the-counter (OTC) pain medications. It has been found to lessen pain caused by severe pancreatic cancer and chronic pain problems such as fibromyalgia.

Magnesium helps to dramatically reduce pain by relaxing muscles and driving excess calcium out of the cells. It also helps by reducing spasms and by relaxing blood vessels in the extremities that are often associated with Raynaud’s Syndrome.

There are so many syndromes today that can be described as tension-based. Magnesium’s job in the body is to calm and relax the cells, easing stress at the cellular level and reducing tension. North American love of calcium, which can lead to tension, is also a contributing factor in pain and pain management.

It is essential to maintain balanced levels of calcium and magnesium, as too much calcium may cause pain, as will too little magnesium.

Dr. Linda Rapson, who specializes in treating chronic pain and has a focus on nutrition as it relates to pain, believes that the majority of her patients who complain of muscle pain, cramps and fatigue have signs of magnesium deficiency. “Virtually all of them improve when I put them on magnesium,” says Rapson, who runs a busy Toronto pain clinic.

Dr. Rapson has been treating patients for more than 30 years and has seen magnesium work in those with migraines, fibromyalgia and constipation. “The scientific community should take a good hard look at this.”

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