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Treatment Of 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
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
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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