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Arachnoiditis Symptoms Constipation
Arachnoiditis symptms say loss of bowel and bladder. What degree?Do constipation/frequent urinating fall into this category?I have most other symptom
Overactive Bladder: Although the cause of overactive bladder is unknown, it is obvious that back issues will affect the bladder since all the nerves to the bladder have to run through the spinal cord in the back. These nerves are very sensitive to any inflammation such as arachnoiditis. Since there is not always easy answers for back issues, the patient has to use therapy for oab. Constipation makes oab worse. ...Read more
Is it possible to have arachnoiditis and have it not showing on a mri? I have all symptoms but MRI was normal?
Yes, it's possible: Mri is reported as being highly sensitive and specific in detecting arachnoiditis, however, there is a small false negative rate associated with the condition. A ct myelogram could be done as well as an EMG if the MRI is negative and clinical suspicion remains high for the diagnosis. Talk with your neurologist and see what their recommendation may be. ...Read more
Arachnoiditis? I have all symptoms. Had bacterial meningitis and 2 spinal taps. In pain daily from my lower back down, legs, muscles.
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
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