Magnesium Deficiency and TMJ
Medical research is very clear that magnesium deficiency causes highly elevated substance P levels, but high substance p levels are also found with jaw misalignment. When both conditions are present it could easily account for the generalized hypersensitivity, severe allergic responses, and sensory abnormalities often found with TMJ dysfunction. Though in many cases the TMJ may be covert and not readily apparent to neither the patient or their dentist.
Magnesium deficiency is also found in a number of other illnesses including type 2 diabetes, fibromyalgia, asthma, heart disease, osteoporosis, migraine, premenstral syndrome, and restless leg syndrome. Magnesium deficiency and TMJ in combination would only worsen any of the above illnesses.
Mental disorders, mood disorders, anxiety, TBI, and PTSD are all known to be affected by magnesium level in the brain. Substance P levels can become dramatically elevated very rapidly in situations of acute stress. When there is an overlayed bite problem causing further elevated substance P levels, it can prevent the brain from ever recovering. The combination of magnesium deficiency and TMJ can condemn a person to lifelong dysfunction that would be hard to recognize by most medical practioners.
Magnesium is available in many forms. Recommended types include magnesium citrate, magnesium gluconate, and magnesium lactate, all of which are more easily absorbed into the body than other forms. One should also take vitamin B6 as it determines how much magnesium is absorbed. One might consider topical forms if they find too many side effects from oral supplementation.