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Arachnoiditis symptms say loss of bowel and bladder. What degree?Do constipation/frequent urinating fall into this category?I have most other symptom

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

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 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 possible to have arachnoiditis and have it not showing on a mri? I have all symptoms but MRI was normal?

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

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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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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

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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

Dr. Eric Kaplan
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Constipation (Definition)

Constipation is difficulty passing ...Read more