Magnesium deficiency and TMJ

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.


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One Response to Magnesium deficiency and TMJ

  1. Kari says:

    Dr Jennings,
    I found your page upon confirming my suspicion that my lifelong reflex seizures (seemingly from a temporal lobe epilepsy syndrome) were possibly connected to my TMJ. The person you’re describing in the first paragraph is me.

    Unlike most commenters I’ve read, my seizures predated my severe TMJ Disorder by a good decade, along with several other chronic conditions I’ve traced back in my research to magnesium deficiency (asthma, allergies, dysautonomia, migraines, etc.). This post helped me clarify the less traditional order and relationship of my co-existing diseases that did not arise until well after the emergence of my TMJ disorder (additional autoimmune and neurovascular disorders).

    My case is difficult at best with genetics being the primary culprit. As for my TMD, despite doing TMJ PT, I’m regularly told by my many doctors and the dentist that I have the worst TMD they’ve ever seen. This double whammy of “magnesium deficiency causes highly elevated substance P levels, but high substance p levels are also found with jaw misalignment” helped me to understand why the TMJ therapy was unsuccessful for me, knowing my pre-existing mg deficiency was working against me and fueling the Substance P levels. Unfortunately, I can only do topical mg therapies now due to the severity of my Primary Erythromelalgia (oral mg triggers IC Ca overload in me due to the different absorption path), but applying the lotion or oil along my jaw and spraying mg oil on my toothpaste has helped relieve the TMD pain some.

    Thank you for sharing this important research with us. I hope one day very soon, the medical community will understand the value and too often overlooked role that both mg and your TMJ research on Substance P play in chronic disease. Best wishes!

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