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Arachnoiditis

What is arachnoiditis?

Arachnoiditis is a rare neurological condition marked by inflammation of the arachnoid. The arachnoid is a lining that surrounds the central nervous system. The central nervous system consists of the brain and spinal cord. In most cases, patients seeking pain management services for arachnoiditis have the condition along the spinal cord.  

 

Arachnoiditis is one of many causes of chronic back pain. It can also cause other symptoms such as numbness and tingling. In extreme cases, it can cause loss of bowel or bladder functions.  

 

Causes of arachnoiditis are rare complications from spine surgeries and epidural steroid injections. Infection of the arachnoid can also cause arachnoiditis. In the past, certain oil-based contrast dyes used in CT scans also caused arachnoiditis in rare circumstances. However, these dyes are typically no longer used and have been substituted with water-based dyes.  

 

Is there a cure for arachnoiditis?

Generally, arachnoiditis is a chronic condition. As such, the focus of care are typical rehabilitation goals: reduce the symptoms of arachnoiditis as much as possible through lifestyle changes and increase the ability to cope with the condition. The overall goal of rehabilitation is to live well despite having the condition.  

 

Therapies & Procedures for arachnoiditis

Typical treatments for arachnoiditis are chronic pain rehabilitation and medications, which reduce inflammation and pain. Most chronic pain rehabilitation programs include medication management as part of their overall therapies.  

 

Author

Murray J. McAllister, PsyD, is the executive director of the Institute for Chronic Pain. The Institute for Chronic Pain is an educational and public policy think tank. Its purpose is to bring together thought leaders from around the world in the field of chronic pain rehabilitation and provide academic-quality information that is also approachable to all the stakeholders in the field: patients, their families, generalist healthcare providers, third party payers, and public policy analysts. Its aim is to change the culture of how chronic pain is managed through education and consultation efforts that advocate for the use of empirically supported conceptualizations and treatments of chronic pain. He also blogs at the Institute for Chronic Pain Blog.

 

Last Updated on Friday, 23 October 2015 15:46

Published on Friday, 27 April 2012 13:35

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