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    Dr. Corenman:

    I wanted to ask if there have been any advances in the treatment of Arachnoiditis. I ask this because both the spinal stimulation as well as the narcotic intake do not even approach 50% relief.

    There have been countless attempts at new programming, as well as modification of existing one’s as well.

    I do not fare much better with the narcotics either, as well as growing tired of the added affects of long term usage. Both bowel and bladder are a problem too.

    I acquired this condition from a failed surgery to excise a DAVF of the Fillum Terminale. A leak of my dura existed after surgery, and a blood patch was attempted 5 weeks post procedure, which was botched.

    Needless to say I incurred another surgery to repair the huge leak, and did a stint in ICU for 30 days.

    I’m now post 28 months from the failed back surgery, and not a happy camper.

    Thanks in advance,

    Joey

    Dr. Corenman
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    Unfortunately, there have not been great advances in the last 10 years to treat arachnoiditis. The current treatments are medications, spinal cord stimulators and pain pumps. Trying to address the arachnoiditis surgically generally will make symptoms worse.

    Dr. Corenman

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