Read about arachnitis medical facts: what is the definition of arachnitis, what are the signs and symptoms, medical treatment & how to treat arachnitis, information about the causes, diagnosis, and related arachnitis diseases.

Definition: What is "Arachnitis"?


Arachnitis, commonly known as Arachnoiditis, is a severe condition characterized by intense stinging, burning pain & various neurological problems, which could lead to scarring, irritation & blinding of blood vessels ad its nerve roots.

Symptoms & Signs

The most common sign of Arachnitis is the persistent & chronic pain in the lower limbs & lower back. Other symptoms include severe shooting pain, muscle cramps & spasms, uncontrollable muscle twitching, bizarre sensations & numbness, weakness or tingling in the legs. Severe cases of Arachnitis include intractable & constant pain, which could lead to disability.

Treatment: How to Treat "Arachnitis"?

There is no known treatment for Arachnitis. However, medications & therapies are available to relieve pain. These include pain medications, narcotic pain relievers, anti-convulsants & anti-spasm drugs. Physical therapy, spinal cord stimulator devices & transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation may be also be used. Surgery is not recommended in treating this condition.


Arachnitis is caused by the inflammation of the ?arachnoid lining?, one of the three linings that enclose the spinal cord & brain. Other cases are chemically-induced, infection-induced & involve multiple lumbar punctures, chronic degenerative disc diseases & advanced spinal stenosis.


Diagnosis is made through a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan & computed tomography (CT) scan.

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