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Has anyone ever been hospitalized for severe lower back spasms besides me? I just spent the last six days in the most amount of pain in my life, and believe me, pain isn't new to me. I did the MRI, CT scan, x-rays, steroid injections, etc. but the only thing that slightly helped was an insane amount of narcotics especially morphine. These all made me very ill however. To complicate matters, I have Crohn's disease and take Remicade which generically lists back pain as possible side effect. My chiropractor tells me spasms can be caused by calcium or potassium deficiencies. Has anyone heard of Remicade being a blocker or causing over-absorption of potassium/calcium? The dr.'s found nothing wrong with my back bt I never want to have that again but I have zero explanation about causes. Anyone?
Good news is that they found nothing wrong with your spine...

I also heard that magnesium sulfphate along with calcium can help with muscle spasms... Potassium as well... Not sure the dosage for you since you have some other complications..

Mo
Hi,

I have heard the same thing about magnesium, calcium , and potassium. I have had severe muscle spasms where the pain is just undescribable, though i've never gone to the ER for it (plus I know my insurance would have never covered it) However, I do have problems in my back which are causing the spasms. I have tried many things (painkillers, antiinflammaroties, lidocaine injections, heat, muscle relaxants, stretching) and found the only thing that eased it a little was moist heat. But i was so desperate I ended up burning myself. Then there was nothing else my doc suggested, so I started slapping on every kind of patch over the counter. I also bought magnesium, calcium, and potassium and have been taking them every day. For myself, it's not seeming to make any difference but i've heard others say it helped them.
Yes, I am living proof that calcium/magnesium can dramatically reduce or eliminate muscle spasms and severe cramps.

I was sucking down the water, eating bananas and that made no difference. I spoke with an alchemist who strongly urged me to get a good calcium magnesium supplement. He said chronic pain people that have to take large amounts of medications (quantity/timeframe/dosages, etc), usually are quite deficient in calcium/magnesium.

I am not big on taking meds of any type, but my spasms and cramps were so bad post fusion surgery.. I was willing to try anything. I went out that day and got some good quality calcium/magnesium tablets and that very night.. slept more comfortably than I had in some time. It was quite peaceful compared to most nights after surgery to that point.

I still take them.. and I can tell when I don't have enough in my system. And I can't take the full daily recommended dosage as it's too strong for me. I take 1/3 the daily dosage and it does the trick for me.

No spasms since I started taking it. Maybe it will help you too! But make sure you still get your water and potassium in too!

Quinine is also good for cramps. Might want to ask your doctor about it. They have it over the counter, but it's not truly strong enough for this type of spasm pain.. which would require a perscription.

I hope they subside for you real soon. They are so painful. Best wishes to you. Tammy:wave:
[QUOTE=pittysing;2533688]Has anyone ever been hospitalized for severe lower back spasms besides me? I just spent the last six days in the most amount of pain in my life, and believe me, pain isn't new to me. I did the MRI, CT scan, x-rays, steroid injections, etc. but the only thing that slightly helped was an insane amount of narcotics especially morphine. These all made me very ill however. To complicate matters, I have Crohn's disease and take Remicade which generically lists back pain as possible side effect. My chiropractor tells me spasms can be caused by calcium or potassium deficiencies. Has anyone heard of Remicade being a blocker or causing over-absorption of potassium/calcium? The dr.'s found nothing wrong with my back bt I never want to have that again but I have zero explanation about causes. Anyone?
Could be anything really,lifting too much,bending the wrong way,or most commonly,slip and fall accidents.
I know this is a very old post,but all I can say is,standard drugs for spasms are Tylenol # 3 for pain{what a joke}{should be Morphine 30mg a day}. Naproxen 500 mg for inflamation,{good drug for this,very good}, and Flexeril for spasms,very contraversial drug,I tried it,works great at first,like 3 days,then it causes worse problems,dont take any longer than 5 days.