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Started by tgent on 12/11/2010 8:40pm

I was just diagnosed last week with arc. I looked it up and there is no known cure but pain management only. I am wondering how well known this disease is and what types of meds are used for PM.

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here is a bit of info that might help you...

Arachnoiditis is a condition that is both painful and debilitating. The disorder is caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid, a lining that surrounds the nerves of the spinal cord. Individuals with arachnoiditis suffer from chronic pain, as a result of scar tissue, irritation, and nerve binding. Unfortunately, there is no cure for the condition and arachnoiditis treatment isn’t simple. Doctors must focus on treating the painful and debilitating effects of arachnoiditis, rather than attempting to fix the condition itself.

Arachnoiditis treatment includes the use of pain medication. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) and corticosteroids are frequently used in treating arachnoiditis. Narcotic pain relievers, anti-spasm medications, and anti-convulsion drugs may be used in arachnoiditis treatment. Some of these medications are consumed orally while others are given using an intrathecal pump. This pump is implanted under a patient’s skin, allowing doctors to administer pain relief medication directly to the spinal cord.