The nerves in the spinal cord are protected by three different membranes: the dura mater, pia mater and arachnoid mater. When the arachnoid mater becomes inflamed, it can cause nerve pain and dysfunction, a condition called arachnoiditis. This condition can cause a wide variety of symptoms, and it can be difficult to diagnose. Our neurosurgeon-spine surgeons and specialists at DOCS Health can provide diagnosis and arachnoiditis treatment at our medical center in Los Angeles, CA.
Arachnoiditis is a commonly misdiagnosed condition due to its irregular symptoms. Like many spine conditions, it can have similar symptoms to other disorders, and it can affect different areas of the spine. There are many different possible causes of inflammation of the arachnoid mater, including spinal cord injuries, infection, spinal stenosis, degenerative disc disease and any type of spinal cord compression. Arachnoiditis can be a secondary condition to many chronic spine pain disorders, which is one of the reasons it is often missed as a diagnosis.
Symptoms of Arachnoiditis
The symptoms of arachnoiditis can vary depending on the region of the spine affected. The most common area for arachnoiditis is the lumbar spine, but it can occur in the cervical and thoracic spine. The symptoms are sporadic, and each patient may experience a different set of symptoms. Some of the possible symptoms of arachnoiditis include:
- Tingling or tickling sensation on the skin of the legs
- Weakness or numbness in the legs
- Bladder control problems
- Ringing in the ears
- Pins and needles sensation
- Sexual dysfunction
- Shooting or shocking-like pain
- Muscle cramps
Since the symptoms can vary so dramatically, it is often misdiagnosed. Most arachnoiditis cases are overlooked unless the patient seeks care from a spinal specialist.
Arachnoiditis treatment depends on the cause of the irritation to the arachnoid mater. If the underlying source is a damaged disc or other spinal disorders, treatment for the source of irritation may provide relief. At DOCS Health, we utilize advanced diagnostic tools and interventional pain treatments that can provide pain and symptom relief for our patients with arachnoiditis.
If you have symptoms of arachnoiditis, come see us at DOCS Health. We can provide accurate diagnosis of your spinal condition and offer a treatment plan to give you symptom relief. Contact our state-of-the-art medical center in Beverly Hills to schedule your consultation with one of our spinal specialists.