I also noticed bone spurs developing in places I hadn't seen them before; my kneecaps for instance have protrusions now that they didn't have before. All this stuff happened at about the same time to me and when I mention it to my primary I might as well be speaking Greek.
Anyone know what causes magnesium deficiency?
Although I can't post a link, you can Google for "Magnesium Recycling Barriers". The first result is a good summary of various causes of magnesium deficiency.
To supplement magnesium, use magnesium citrate or magnesium aspartate. Your intestines absorb these forms much more readily. (Citrate is my personal preference.) You can also take them on an empty stomach, which further improves assimilation. When taking magnesium, titrate to bowel movement. That means start with a low dose, and increase gradually until you feel the need to have to a BM. However, if you take magnesium carbonate (as opposed to citrate or aspartate) on an empty stomach, you'll get a false-positive way too soon! Taken properly, your dose tolerance for magnesium citrate will increase within a few days.
Magnesium is arguably the most important mineral in your diet. Titrating to BM is an effective way to gauge how much magnesium your body is able to use at any particular time. There is a similar method for vitamin C.
It's best if you don't take it at the same time as calcium or vitamin D. Ideally, one takes magnesium apart from calcium. Vitamin D is best absorbed when taken with some kind of fat (in a meal). Although vitamin D is necessary for proper calcium assimilation, your body can store vitamin D for later use.
If you supplement with calcium, use either the citrate or aspartate form, and also supplement with magnesium. The higher the ratio of dietary calcium to dietary magnesium, the more serious and numerous the symptoms.
Lead and other heavy metals in your body tissue can not only block mineral absorption, but displace minerals. For example, some of your dietary calcium should form calcium phosphate for assimilation into bone tissue. But heavy metals lodged in body tissue may displace some of that calcium, so instead it winds up in places where it does damage: soft tissue (including scar tissue, and even the brain).
Resolving this situation requires two things: appropriate mineral intake and chelation therapy. Although DMSA is one of the most effective chelation agents, EDTA is also extremely valuable. DMSA is better at removing mercury; but EDTA is safer, it can also remove displaced calcium. I've used both DMSA and EDTA many times. The first few times I used them, I could literally feel them pulling metals and/or minerals out of my penile scar tissue.If you have heavy metals in your scar tissue, then this is one source of the chronic inflammation.
The metals also cause free radicals to form, which imposes an additional burden on the immune system. This is one way in which you can actually remove one of the sources of your chronic inflammation, while freeing more of your body's resources to heal elsewhere.