no probs, tt. it's such a scary time. the bad attack, the bad news. i was right on board with the drugs idea when i was first told, just wanted my docs to save me. but i was reading like a madwoman from the minute my post-spinal headache tapered off and i could sit upright again. i decided there was enough for me to work with using nutrition, and that my body would make what it needed to counter inflammation etc, if it had enough of the right ingredients.
with magnesium, try to increase your intake of food sources significantly - say, pine nuts, sesame seeds, dark leafy greens like chard, fortified cereals, etc. you can add 600-1200mg of supplemental mag daily on top of that. i would say, try getting some of your daily mag in a calcium-magnesium-zinc-d3 blend, and the rest at a different time of day, on its own (or with potassium).
when shopping for just mag on its own, try to find a form like citrate. you should be able to find a bottle of 250mg capsules or similar. suppose you take your cal-mag blend in the morning, then you can add a 250 mag citrate at bedtime to start. if you feel like you need more, add another one at lunchtime. when you get up into the higher daily doses, it loosens up the ol' GI considerably, so if you go up past 600 or so, be prompt when the bod says it's time to visit the WC
mag oxide is one form to be careful of - they all give you the poops but that one is the least absorbable and really goes right through.
one of my most helpful pharmacists told me that potassium goes hand in hand with magnesium (he was the one who told me to take mag in the first place, and i thought i was dying back then and all my scariest probs cleared up in 2 days of taking the mag - and they come back if i stop). so if you eat more bananas, or other high potassium foods, it can help your bod use the upped magnesium intake better. i bought a bottle of 99mg pills, plus started eating more potassium foods like apricots, raisins, cherries, etc. never ate fruit before. don't even like bananas!
i am starting to get low on magnesium pills and when i go to get more, it will be a powder that you dissolve in hot water. i'm not sure what the dosage per mug will be yet, but i had a sample and i like it. it's called 'natural calm'. cheerleader got some for her husband and reports that it's been helpful, and he had really bad spasticity.
hope this works for you tt, let us know how things pan out