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Arachnoiditis is a chronic painful condition caused by inflammation of the arachnoid linings of the spinal cord. Arachnoid linings are one of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord for protection.
The most common symptoms of Arachnoiditis are pain with burning sensations.
This condition is associated with significant disabilities and even chronic depression.
An imaging study with MRI Scans is usually very helpful in making the diagnosis. A CT myelogram scan is helpful in other patients.
The treatment options include mostly symptomatic treatment of the shooting pain. There is no known cure for this chronic condition. Treatment is geared towards physiotherapy, psychotherapy, and anti-seizure medications.
Spinal cord stimulator is very useful in a selective group of patients with this painful condition. If the patient fails oral opioids, an intrathecal spinal morphine pump has been used successfully to treat this condition.