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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

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 the best treatment for arachnoiditis im in so much pain im currently on 200mg of demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) daily

What is the best treatment for arachnoiditis im in so much pain im currently on 200mg of demerol (meperidine hydrochloride) daily

Non-opioids: For the burning pain associated with arachnoiditis, non-opioid pain meds may work better like membrane stabilizers (gabapentin) or some anti-depressents. Patients also improve with spinal cord stimulation. I hope you do better soon. Talk to you doctor about the above options. ...Read more

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What is best for pain when you have arachnoiditis?

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 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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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