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Can you have spinal arachnoiditis from herniated disc?

Can you have spinal arachnoiditis from herniated disc?

Very rarely: Arachnoiditis is not very common (long ago it was associated with myelogram dye that is no longer used). If the disk goes through the dura (rare) to enter the sac containing the nerves it could inflame the nerves and the sac lining (arachnoiditis). ...Read more

Dr. Thomas Dowling
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Bulging Disk (Definition)

Wear and tear can cause degeneration in the vertebral column, and cause discs to deteriorate. The supportive basket, nucleus fibrosis develops small tears. A bulge is minimal perhaps a few millimeters, and is clinically insignificant, but additional disc displacement such as protrusion or herniation may compress ...Read more


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I had anterior/posterior fusion l5-s1 in 2001. Spinal stenosis and ddd herniated disk l3/4 in 2009. Is it possible to now be developing arachnoiditis?

I had anterior/posterior fusion l5-s1 in 2001. Spinal stenosis and ddd  herniated disk l3/4 in 2009. Is it possible to now be developing arachnoiditis?

Quite possible: It's definitely possible. An epidural steroid injection or spinal cord stimulator may help tremendously. But first, one would have to be properly evaluated by a spine specialist (pm;r, orthopedic spine surgeon or neurosurgeon) and diagnosed with that. ...Read more

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Could you have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

Not normally: Unless it was such a severe herniation that it caused cord edema (where you would have neurologic issues below that level if that happened). Normally arachnoiditis is more from issues closer to the cord, including infection, debris from surgery or injections, inflammation, infections, things of that nature. ...Read more

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Help! Is it possible to have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

Help! Is it possible to have spinal arachnoiditis from a bulging disk?

No: Unlikely from a bulging disc. Usually occurs after surgery or procedure to spine. Also can be if there was a history of spinal infection. ...Read more

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Im having spinal injection for herniated disc l5s1. How effective is this? How quickly will it stop pain? How long will it last?

Im having spinal injection for herniated disc l5s1. How effective is this? How quickly will it stop pain? How long will it last?

as usual, it depends: Epidural injections are very effective in carefully selected patients depending on your symptoms and underlying pathology. In some patients, epidurals start working immediately and can provide months of relief. ...Read more

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Is there a merit to claims that spinal discs can be stretched and hydrated? Is that the same as making a herniated disc heal back to normal?

Is there a merit to claims that spinal discs can be stretched and hydrated? Is that the same as making a herniated disc heal back to normal?

Disc will change: Discs are not solid structures and will change shape, so a bulging disc may not be as pronounced or may worsen over time. Because back pain and bulging discs are very common, be wary of any claims to cure back pain and bulging discs. Standard treatment of physical therapy, stretching, core strengthening with anti-inflammatories are the most likely to help. ...Read more

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Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

Can a herniated disc cause spinal stenosis?

Spinal issues: stenosis is simply another word for "narrowing" of the space. So it's possible that a herniation (something going into a space it's not supposed to) is causing the narrowing. However herniation is not always the permanent disk problem people always think and this may be a different disc level. I'm not aware of the imaging obviously. Make sure to follow up with your physician to go over the imaging ...Read more

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What is best medicine treatment for spinal herniated disc?

Depends on symptoms: If no symptoms, do nothing. If mild symptoms anti-inflammatory medications work great (take with meals, and make sure you can take those -- clear with your primary care doctor). If symptoms is acute and very severe, you can get a Medrol (methylprednisolone) dose pack (oral steroids) which you take over 6 days... Ask you doctor to evaluate you first. You cannot have this if you have infection or brittle diabetic, etc.. ...Read more

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How is spinal stenosis symptom different from herniated disc symptoms?

How is spinal stenosis symptom different from herniated disc symptoms?

Typical spinal : Stenosis symptoms in the lumbar spine are pains radiating to the leg(s) with progressive standing and walking relieved by bending over or sitting while a disc herniation causes pain into the leg(s) worse with sitting and bending and usually better standing or walking. Both feel better typically lying down. Obviously, there are variables based on several factors in terms of symptom presentation. ...Read more

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Should i consider having a spinal fusion if I have been diagnosed with herniated disc, a disc with a tear and dds?

Should i consider having a spinal fusion if I have been diagnosed with herniated disc, a disc with a tear and dds?

Very complex questio: Complex and contrversial. Leg or back pain? Discogram? Fusion is too much surgery for the classic disc herniation causing leg pain. ...Read more

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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