The arachnoid is one of the three membranes surrounding the spinal
cord and the nerve roots, and arachnoiditis is an inflammation of
Normally this membrane is thin and pliable but in arachnoiditis
the membrane becomes thicker and thicker, gradually squeezing and
compressing the nerves so that they can no longer move freely. The
inevitable result is pain, though the pain depends upon which nerves
have been affected.
There are several possible ways in which arachnoiditis can develop.
Sometimes it develops as a result of spinal surgery, and sometimes
as a result of an infection of the membranes surrounding the brain
and spinal cord (meningitis).
In the past it was not unknown for arachnoiditis to develop after
X-rays of the spine in which contrast dyes were used. These are
now known to cause inflammation and are no longer used.
Further information can be found at:
COFWA Arachnoiditis Information and Support Group-
"Circle of Friends With Arachnoiditis" (COFWA). Absolutely FREE!!!
We call ourselves the "Arachniacs".