Spinal Arachnoiditis and Getting Disability
Your arachnoid is one of the membranes that surround and protect the nerves of your central nervous system. Your central nervous system is composed of your brain and spinal cord. Your arachnoid lining is one of the three linings that surround your brain and spinal cord.
Arachnoiditis is a neuropathic disease that is evidenced by inflammation of your arachnoid. Arachnoiditis is a long term (chronic) disease that is a devastating ailment of pain that is difficult to manage. This is intractable pain that is not relieved by ordinary medical, nursing or surgical measures.
Many times, arachnoiditis is marked by chronic and persistent pain that can be psychogenic (originating in your mind) in nature. Arachnoiditis is also evidenced by neurological deficits (coming from or relating to your nervous system). Arachnoiditis is a disease that can be incapacitating.
Types of Arachnoiditis
There are several different kinds of arachnoiditis. These include proliferative granulomatous arachnoiditis, adhesive arachnoiditis, cysticercotic arachnoiditis and spinal arachnoiditis.
Arachnoiditis can occur in anyone in any age group, but it develops most of the time in adults who are between the ages of 40 and 60. Men and women are affected equally by this disease.
Arachnoiditis is not a common ailment, but it is growing worldwide because of an increasing number of immunocompromised people. This includes chemotherapy and transplantation patients, alcoholics, people with AIDS, diabetics and intravenous drug abusers.
What is Spinal arachnoiditis?
Spinal arachnoiditis is one of the forms of arachnoiditis. Spinal arachnoiditis is a disease in which one of the layers that is referred to as the arachnoid level that encompasses your spinal cord gets thicker than it should. When it does so, it presses against your spinal column or nerves.
Causes of Spinal arachnoiditis
There are three main causes of spinal arachnoiditis. They are:
- Chemically-induced spinal arachnoiditis – This is spinal arachnoiditis that is believed to result from some of the dyes that are used in myelograms.
- Infection-induced arachnoiditis – This is when spinal arachnoiditis is brought about by certain infections that affect your spine, such as meningitis or viral and fungal tuberculosis.
- Trauma/surgery-induced arachnoiditis – This is spinal arachnoiditis that results as a rare complication of spinal surgery.
Risk Factors of Spinal arachnoiditis
There are some risk factors that may increase your likelihood of developing spinal arachnoiditis. Some of these are:
- Having an infection that has resulted from bacteria or viruses
- Having an immune system that has been compromised
- Taking steroids, anesthetics and contrast media that has been given in the space under the arachnoid membrane of your spinal cord or brain (intrathecally)
- Having surgery that involves your brain or spinal cord.
Signs and symptoms of Spinal arachnoiditis
There are many different signs and symptoms that may be an indication of spinal arachnoiditis. Some of these may include:
- Loss of vision or disturbances in your vision
- Bowel or bladder dysfunction
- Bizarre sensations that feel like water trickling down your leg or insects crawling on your skin
- Muscle cramps, spasms and uncontrollable twitching of your muscles
- Sexual dysfunction
- Nausea, vomiting and weakness
- Tingling, weakness or numbness that occurs in your legs
- Headaches or severe headaches
- Severe pain that is burning and stinging.
Do you have spinal arachnoiditis and need legal help for your disability denial?
If your spinal arachnoiditis continues to advance and progress, these signs and symptoms may become permanent and more severe. Is the reason why you are disabled and unable to work due to spinal arachnoiditis and/or complications that have developed from this disease. Are you trying to get financial help.
Have you tried to get Social Security disability benefits or disability benefits from the Social Security Administration? Did your attempt meet with failure?
If you are going to reapply or appeal your denial, you really ought to have an attorney standing with you. The fact is that people with an attorney are approved more often than people without an attorney.
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