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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
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
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
Arachnoid mater infl: 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 disease, among other reasons. ...Read more
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
Hypnosis may help: Hypnosis may help and can do no harm. Given the severe pain i see no reason not to try clinical hypnosis. It can be used for enhancing healing from surgery or dermatology symptoms and helps reduce pain. Find a qualified clinician and learn how to use self hypnosis to lessen chronic pain. ...Read more
Treatment or cause?: Do you mean as a treatment or as a cause of archnoiditis? Certainly, gastrografin is not meant to be used in the spine and can cause arachnoiditis. I'm not aware of it's deliberate use as a treatment. If you need to use it orally, it shouldn't cause arachnoiditis. Make sure you don't have an allergy to iodine. ...Read more
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
I have had 3 back surgeries, 3 myelograms, and and multiple back injections. In am not recovering well. Could I have arachnoiditis or fibromyalgia?
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