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Any success treating arachnoiditis?

Any success treating 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

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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What is arachnoiditis?

What is arachnoiditis?

Inflammation: The brain and spinal cord is covered by a membrane that has a cobweb appearance. This appearance caused pathologists to use a spider term to describe it. When it is damaged and inflammed it will cause pain and compression of nerves. This often occurs following surgery to the skull, neck or spine. This can result in chronic pain that is very difficult to treat. ...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 medicine should I take to help arachnoiditis?

What medicine should I take to help arachnoiditis?

Alternative to Meds: There is no 'best' when it comes to pain med. Different people respond to different meds due to variations in things such as genetics & biochemistry. Several meds or a combination may need to be tried. On the other hand, I have had some excellent success treating arachnoiditis with osteopathic manipulation. Perhaps consulting a do might provide a non-med, non-surgical, more permanent solution. ...Read more

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What's the prognosis of arachnoiditis?

What's the prognosis of arachnoiditis?

A chronic condition: The condition causes both pain and neurological dysfunction (numbness, tingling, bowel, bladder or sexual dysfunction). The disease has no know cure at the present time but pain can be managed by one of several techniques (see my previous answer). ...Read more

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Why are some people more likely to develop arachnoiditis than others?

Why are some people more likely to develop arachnoiditis than others?

Not Sure: Arachnoiditis is a chronic inflammatory condition. I would suspect that if you have a diet or lifestyle that is high in inflammatory chemicals that one would be more susceptible than another. I find that so many chronic inflammatory conditions are helped by diet and lifestyle changes. If this is something you have, also consult with a chinese medicine practitioner. It can help a lot! ...Read more

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What are the tests for arachnoiditis?

What are the tests for arachnoiditis?

MRI: The condition is diagnosed by seeing scar tissue and adhesions causing nerves within the spine to "stick" or clump together. The condition is seen on MRI or a myelogram followed by a ct scan. ...Read more

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What sort of problem is arachnoiditis?

What sort of problem is arachnoiditis?

Inflammation: This refers to inflammation of one of the membranes (protective coverings) that surround the brain and spinal cord. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of arachnoiditis?

Burning tingling: Arachnoiditis of lumbar spine can cause burning and sharp pain down one or both of the lower extremeties. Some people get sensory dysfunction which may feel like ants crawling up and down the legs. There may be urinary dysfunction and sexual dysfunction as well. ...Read more

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What have you heard of arachnoiditis?

Inflammation : Arachnoiditis is inflammation of one of the layers of meninges that surround the spine and or brain. Few patients develop this condition after procedures in the spine and it can feel like burning or tingling sensation radiating down the arm or legs. It can cause sensory deficits as well. There is no cure yet but it's symptoms can be treated depending on what they are. ...Read more