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  1. pilatesgirl

    pilatesgirl Peer Supporter

    Hi All,

    I use to be a member a few years ago but since recovered from two years of chronic pelvic pain using a combination of John Sarno and Claire Weekes tools. I have a friend who has been dealing with back/leg/foot pain and was dx with arachnoiditis. Curious if this condition has ever been a topic of conversation here or if others have had success treating it with tms tools. TIA
  2. Forest

    Forest Beloved Grand Eagle

    Heya, Pilatesgirl, it's great to hear from you! I'm sorry about your friend. It hasn't been mentioned here yet, except as a possible consequence of steroid injections, and the practitioner list doesn't have a mention of it either.
  3. Walt Oleksy

    Walt Oleksy Beloved Grand Eagle

    I didn't know what arachnoiditis is, so I looked it up on Doctor Google.
    I'm not a doctor so I can't say it is a symptom of TMS, but it does have some similarity to other TMS symptoms.

    For those interested, here's one of the web site articles I found about it...

    Pain Management Health Center: Arachnoiditis

    Arachnoiditis is a pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid, one of the membranes that surrounds and protects the nerves of the spinal cord. It is characterized by severe stinging, burning pain, and neurological problems.

    Symptoms of Arachnoiditis
    Arachnoiditis has no consistent pattern of symptoms, but in many people it affects the nerves connecting to the lower back and legs. The most common symptom is pain, but arachnoiditis can also cause:

    • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the legs
    • Sensations that may feel like insects crawling on the skin or water trickling down the leg
    • Severe shooting pain that can be similar to an electric shock sensation
    • Muscle cramps, spasms and uncontrollable twitching
    • Bladder, bowel and sexual problems
    As the disease progresses, symptoms may become more severe or even permanent. Many people with arachnoiditis are unable to work and suffer significant disability because they are in constant pain.

    Causes of Arachnoiditis
    Inflammation of the arachnoid can lead to the formation of scar tissue and can cause the spinal nerves to stick together and malfunction. The arachnoid can become inflamed because of an irritation from one of the following sources:

    • Chemicals: Dye used in myelograms (diagnostic tests in which a dye called radiographic contrast media is injected into the area surrounding the spinal cord and nerves) have been blamed for some cases of arachnoiditis. The radiographic contrast media responsible for this is no longer used, however. Also, there is concern that the preservatives found in epidural steroid injections may cause arachnoiditis.
    • Infection from bacteria or viruses: Infections such as viral and fungal meningitis or tuberculosis can affect the spine.
    • Chronic compression of spinal nerves: Causes for this compression include chronic degenerative disc disease or advanced spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal column).
    • Complications from spinal surgery or other invasive spinal procedures: Similar causes include multiple lumbar (lower back) punctures.
    Diagnosing Arachnoiditis
    Diagnosing arachnoiditis can be difficult, but tests such as the CAT scan (computerized axial tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) have helped with diagnosis. A test called an electromyogram (EMG) can assess the severity of the ongoing damage to affected nerve roots by using electrical impulses to check nerve function.

    Note: Myelograms with the radiographic contrast currently in use, combined with CAT scanning, are not considered to be responsible for causing arachnoiditis or causing it to worsen.

    Treating Arachnoiditis
    There is no cure for arachnoiditis. Treatment options for arachnoiditis are similar to those for other chronic pain conditions. Most treatments focus on relieving pain and improving symptoms that impair daily activities. Often, health care professionals recommend a program of pain management, physiotherapy, exercise, and psychotherapy. Surgery for arachnoiditis is controversial, because outcomes can be poor and provide only short-term relief. Clinical trials of steroid injections and electrical stimulation are needed to determine whether those treatments are effective.
  4. Orion2012

    Orion2012 Well known member

    I personally would never accept a diagnosis that offers essentially zero hope. Though I am certainly no Dr., unless the nerve damage can be truly confirmed, I would probably encourage your friend to throw that diagnosis right in the trash and try mindbody healing. What is there to lose?

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