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Why Are Some People More Likely To Develop Arachnoiditis Than Others
Not Sure: Arachnoiditis is a chronic inflammatory condition. I would suspect that if you have a diet or lifestyle that is high in inflammatory chemicals that one would be more susceptible than another. I find that so many chronic inflammatory conditions are helped by diet and lifestyle changes. If this is something you have, also consult with a chinese medicine practitioner. It can help a lot! ...Read more
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 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
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
Alternative to Meds: There is no 'best' when it comes to pain med. Different people respond to different meds due to variations in things such as genetics & biochemistry. Several meds or a combination may need to be tried. On the other hand, I have had some excellent success treating arachnoiditis with osteopathic manipulation. Perhaps consulting a do might provide a non-med, non-surgical, more permanent solution. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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