Your arachnoid is one of the membranes that protect and surround the nerves of your central nervous system, which includes your brain and spinal cord. Your arachnoid lining is one of the three linings that surround your spinal cord and brain.
Arachnoiditis is neuropathic disease that is characterized by inflammation of your arachnoid. It is a chronic (long-term) disorder that is a devastating affliction of intractable pain. This is pain that is not relieved by ordinary nursing, medical or surgical measures. It is often persistent and chronic pain that can be psychogenic (originating in your mind) in nature.
Arachnoiditis is also marked by neurological deficits (coming from or pertaining to your nervous system). It is a disease that can be disabling.
There are several different forms of arachnoiditis. These include adhesive arachnoiditis, spinal arachnoiditis, proliferative granulomatous arachnoiditis and cysticercotic arachnoiditis.
Arachnoiditis can affect anyone in any age group, but it occurs most often in adults who are between the ages of 40 and 60. This disease affects men and women equally. Arachnoiditis is not a common disease, but it is growing worldwide because of an increasing number of immunocompromised people including intravenous drug abusers, diabetics, people with AIDS, alcoholics and chemotherapy and transplantation patients.
There are three primary causes of arachnoiditis. They are:
- Infection-induced arachnoiditis – This is when arachnoiditis is caused by certain infections that affect your spine like fungal and viral tuberculosis or meningitis.
- Chemically-induced arachnoiditis – This is arachnoiditis that is thought to be brought about by some of the dyes that are used in myelograms.
- Trauma/surgery-induced arachnoiditis – This is arachnoiditis that is a rare complication of spinal surgery.
There are many different possible signs and symptoms that may be an indication of arachnoiditis. Some of these include:
- Severe stinging, burning pain
- Spasms, muscle cramps and uncontrollable muscle twitching
- Weakness, nausea and vomiting
- Visual disturbances or vision loss
- Headache or severe headache
- Numbness, tingling or weakness in your legs
- Bowel, bladder and/or sexual dysfunction
- Bizarre sensations like water trickling down your leg or insects crawling on your skin.
If arachnoiditis progresses, your signs and symptoms may become more severe and permanent.
You or a loved one may have arachnoiditis. Arachnoiditis and/or complications that have been caused by this disease may have resulted in your disability and inability to work.
Because of this, you may need assistance. You may need financial help.
You or your loved one may be thinking about applying for the financial assistance that you need from the Social Security Administration by applying for Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits because of the disability caused by arachnoiditis and/or complications that have been caused by this disease. You or your loved one may have already done this and been denied by the Social Security Administration.
If you or your loved one has considered reapplying or appealing the denial, think about this. People who are represented by a disability attorney like the one you will find at Social Security Home are approved more often than people who do not have a disability lawyer fighting for them.