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magnesium and calcium supplements for lower back pain and sciatica,yes or no?

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Dr. Ronald Krauser
51 years experience Rheumatology
Worthless: They have no benefit for this issue.
Answered on Dec 11, 2015
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Dr. Ilya Averbuch
45 years experience Pain Management
ALMOST USELESS: Almost useless – unless there is a significant associated muscle spasm and sympathetic pain component; then magnesium may POSSIBLY be somewhat helpful TOGETHER WITH other medications. Calcium supplements are USELESS for this type of pain.
Answered on Dec 11, 2015
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Dr. Qamar Khan
16 years experience Pain Management
Not Really: No supplements have been shown to have any significant effect on improving back pain and sciatica.
Answered on Sep 28, 2016

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