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What is adhesive arachnoiditis?

What is adhesive arachnoiditis?

A nerve disorder: Arachnoiditis refers to inflammation of the arachnoid membrane-a thin membrane surrounding the brain and spinal cord. It occurs from exposure to certain chemicals or infection of the central nervous system. Symptoms include pain, numbness, tingling, bowel, bladder or sexual dysfunction. It most often affects the nerve to the legs. There is no know cure but pain can be managed. ...Read more

Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
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Arachnoiditis (Definition)

Arachnoiditis is an inflammation of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. This can be caused by toxins, reactions to medications, or infections ...Read more


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Can you tell me what adhesive arachnoiditis is?

It's a condition: Where the free nerves in a sack filled with fluid, located in the lumbar spine and upper sacrum, become inflamed either from infection or foreign substance and adhere to each other, causing clumping of nerves, restriction of nerve movement and severe chronic pain. ...Read more

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How do you know when arachnoiditis progresses to adhesive arachnoiditis?

How do you know when arachnoiditis progresses to adhesive arachnoiditis?

Just terminology: Adhesive just means that scarring sticks to structures and causes squeezing and compression. If symptoms include compression of nerves and other tissues, then the scarring effect can be considered adhesive. If scarring is without compression, it can be simple aracnoiditis. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the pain associated with my adhesive arachnoiditis?

What can I do to relieve the pain associated with my adhesive arachnoiditis?

Tough case: Sorry to hear you have this condition. Since it is not correctable surgically you are really stuck with managing the symptoms. There are some interventional pain management techniques that may help. Spinal cord stimulation is an excellent option as an addition to medication management and psychological counseling for coping techniques. ...Read more

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How can you know when your diagnosis of arachnoiditis progresses to adhesive arachnoiditis?

Same: Arachnoiditis is the clumping of the nerves in the lower back. This clumping is adhesive. This is usually diagnosed from an mri. This is usually a result from previous surgery, infection or complication of injection. If your main issue is pain then i would discuss spinal cord stimulation with your pain management physician. ...Read more

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I have a very rare spinal disease called adhesive arachnoiditis . I am wondering if there is any treatment?

Arachnoiditis(spine): The symptoms of arachnoiditis can be treated with medications such as membrane stabilizers (like gabapentin), antidepressants and other pain meds. Dorsal column stimulation can also decrease its symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure or reversal of arachnoiditis yet... ...Read more

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What is adhesive arachnoiditus?

What is adhesive arachnoiditus?

A disease caused by: Inflammation of the membranes that surround and protect the nerves of the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord. The arachnoid can become severely inflamed due to infection, direct injury to the spine, chronic compression, complications from spinal surgery or invasive spinal procedures. Can lead to formation of scar tissue, adhesion that can make spinal nerves stick together. ...Read more

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Is it complicated to diagnosis arachnoiditis?

No: Arachnoiditis can be easily demonstrated on MRI and myelography. Your doctor can decide if you need either or any of these tests. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What is best for pain when you have arachnoiditis?

Depends: This can be a very tricky problem. A spinal stimulator maybe a good option in these cases that have failed traditional pain management. ...Read more

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Any treatment for arachnoiditis?

Any treatment for arachnoiditis?

Pain management: The arachnoid is the spider web appearing membrane that surrounds the brain and spinal cord. Many patients with back pain or neck pain are given the diagnosis of arachnoiditis. This implies that no other cause can be found except inflammation of this membrane. Surgery and steroid injections may result in this condition as a side effect. It implies scarring. Treatment is very difficult. ...Read more