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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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Dr. Tarek Shahbandar
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Arachnoiditis (Definition)

Arachnoiditis is inflammation of the middle layer of the three layers of membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord called the arachnoid mater. The outermost is the dura mater and the innermost is the pia mater. It can be infectious (eg. bacterial or viral or fungal), non-infectious inflammatory (eg. caused by a subarachnoid hemorrhage), or due to metastatic ...Read more


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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

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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 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

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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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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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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 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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What is the definition or description of: Arachnoiditis?

Arachnoid mater infl: Arachnoiditis is inflammation of the middle layer of the three layers of membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord called the arachnoid mater. The outermost is the dura mater and the innermost is the pia mater. It can be infectious (eg. bacterial or viral or fungal), non-infectious inflammatory (eg. caused by a subarachnoid hemorrhage), or due to metastatic disease, among other reasons. ...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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My child has arachnoiditis. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

My child has arachnoiditis. What is the best way to explain it to the other kids?

Scar tissue: The arachnoid is a membrane covering nerves within the cranium and spinal canal. Inflammatory conditions (usually caused by infection, blood or trauma) can cause the arachnoid to bind to nerves and cause other nerves to clump together. So tell the other kids that your child's nerves have been damaged. No need for excessive detail. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for arachnoiditis?

How is it diagnosed?: Some people can have sharp shooting pains in different nerves or muscle spasms as a result of nerve compression or previous surgery or invasive procedure on spine get MRI with contrast show enhancement of meningies or arachnoid---the treatment relate to finding a cause or just treat the resulting symptom--has there been a spinal tap?Did you have meningitis before, etc. ...Read more

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How is arachnoiditis of spine diagnosed?

MRI: Combo of clumping of nerve roots on lumbar MRI and appropriate clinical setting. ...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

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How do doctors treat 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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Can you tell me is hypnosis effective on arachnoiditis?

Can you tell me is hypnosis effective on arachnoiditis?

Hypnosis may help: Hypnosis may help and can do no harm. Given the severe pain i see no reason not to try clinical hypnosis. It can be used for enhancing healing from surgery or dermatology symptoms and helps reduce pain. Find a qualified clinician and learn how to use self hypnosis to lessen chronic pain. ...Read more

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Has anyone with arachnoiditis been given gastrographin?

Treatment or cause?: Do you mean as a treatment or as a cause of archnoiditis? Certainly, gastrografin is not meant to be used in the spine and can cause arachnoiditis. I'm not aware of it's deliberate use as a treatment. If you need to use it orally, it shouldn't cause arachnoiditis. Make sure you don't have an allergy to iodine. ...Read more