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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. 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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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 treatment is done into arachnoiditis?

What treatment is done into arachnoiditis?

Alternative to Meds: Many treatments may be tried including surgery, medications, stretches, laser therapy, physical therapy, etc. Personally, I have had some excellent success treating arachnoiditis with osteopathic manipulation. Perhaps consulting a do might provide a non-med, non-surgical, permanent solution. ...Read more

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I have a very rare spinal disease called adhesive arachnoiditis. I am wondering if there is any treatment?

I have a very rare spinal disease called adhesive arachnoiditis. I am wondering if there is any treatment?

Arachnoiditis (spine): The symptoms of arachnoiditis can be treated with medications such as membrane stabilizers (like gabapentin), antidepressants and other pain meds. Dorsal column stimulation can also decrease its symptoms. Unfortunately, there is no cure or reversal of arachnoiditis yet... ...Read more

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What is best treatment for arachnoiditus?

What is best treatment for arachnoiditus?

No surgery: Arachnoiditis is a inflammation and scarring of the nerve roots and surrounding tissue (arachnoid) inside the dura. There are few treatments for this condition. Surgery creates more scarring. Pain management is the mainstay of therapy. Sometimes dorsal column stimuators can work quite effectively. ...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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My husband has arachnoiditis. The butrans patch didn't work. It is now being treated with 10 mg oxy and 30 mg oxy. Barely livable. What else will help?

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 he does better soon. Talk to you doctor about the above options. ...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'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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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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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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Is hypnosis effective for arachnoiditis?

Is hypnosis effective for arachnoiditis?

Possibly: Hypnosis can help management the stress related to this chronic disease...It may also be beneficial in pain management. It should be incorporated into a regimen not a sole treatment.
Hope this helps and all the best to you. ...Read more

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Can you tell me what adhesive arachnoiditis is?

It's a condition: Where the free nerves in a sack filled with fluid, located in the lumbar spine and upper sacrum, become inflamed either from infection or foreign substance and adhere to each other, causing clumping of nerves, restriction of nerve movement and severe chronic pain. ...Read more

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Help docs, is hypnosis effective on arachnoiditis?

Arachnoiditis pain: Hypnosis, like acupuncture works on some but not all patients. Still it's side effects are minimal and if you have been diagnosed, it is a reasonable treatment to try. ...Read more

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How do you know when arachnoiditis progresses to adhesive arachnoiditis?

How do you know when arachnoiditis progresses to adhesive arachnoiditis?

Just terminology: Adhesive just means that scarring sticks to structures and causes squeezing and compression. If symptoms include compression of nerves and other tissues, then the scarring effect can be considered adhesive. If scarring is without compression, it can be simple aracnoiditis. ...Read more

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What can I do to relieve the pain associated with my adhesive 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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