Cupping Treatment

ALTERNATIVE TREATMENTS

Interventions including surgery and epidural corticosteroid injections (ESI) should be avoided with Arachnoiditis. While we continue our path to ensuring that Arachnoiditis is studied and recognized by the medical community, we must do what we can to educate ourselves and our healthcare providers on the most current methods to treating Arachnoiditis. It is our hope that you will find the tools for success here. Be sure to bookmark this page as it will be updated as new information becomes available. 

BLOOD HORMONE LEVELS

It’s recommended that you consult your physician before starting any new vitamins or supplements. It is also recommended that you ask your physician about testing your blood hormone levels before starting any hormone supplements.

 

The hormone test should include; cortisol, DHEA, pregnenolone, testosterone.

Inflammatory Markers blood test should include: ESR, CRP, cytokines

Other blood testing should include blood sugar and cholesterol levels.

 

Note: A hormone deficiency may cause increased impairments, pain, or both. An elevated inflammatory marker calls for more aggressive control of spinal canal inflammation.

Download and print this helpful bulletin on the necessary blood tests for AA

Bulletin 57 – Blood Test for AA

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Herbal Medicine

SUPPLEMENTS AND HERBAL REMEDIES

A good starting point is Bulletin 15 – 3 Component Treatment to Tackle AA – 2021

This is a great starting treatment for any stage of Arachnoiditis. It is a combination of both prescription medications and supplements to treat inflammation, regenerate tissue, and control pain.

Bullentin 15 - Three Component Treatment

Bulletin 27 – Another starting protocol, but has added dietary and physical measures

Bulletin 10- Low Dose Naltrexone (LDN) for treating pain and inflammation

Bulletin 69 – Acetazolamide for Headaches, Blurred Vision, and Dizziness

DIETARY MEASURES

The best diet for Arachnoiditis is a low carb, high protein diet. Stay away from processed sugars, foods that are known to cause inflammation such as cheese, eggs, and dairy, and high carbohydrate foods. 

12 Foods That Heal the Inflamed Body

Vegetables in Paper Bags
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ALTERNATIVE THERAPIES

 

Pulsed Electro-Magnetic Field (PEMF) therapy

Dr. Tennant from Arachnoiditis Hope did a wonderful 4 part series. Here are the links to the chronicles in pdf file form.


 

Chronicle 75 – Electromedical Therapy Part 1: Electric Current Therapy

Chronicle 76 – Electromedical Therapy Part 2: Electromagnetic

Chronicle 77 – Electromedical Therapy Part 3: Blockage And Retention

Chronicle 78 – Electromedical Therapy Part 4: Guidance

IMPLANTED MEDICAL DEVICES

Please read bulletin 68 before considering risky invasive treatment options as they should only be considered as a last resort. Some people have great success with implanted devices, such as spinal cord stimulators and pain pumps, but it's highly recommended that you thoroughly research the device before making a decision and only have them implanted by a surgeon familiar with Arachnoiditis.

 

Bulletin 68 - PROTOCOL FIRST – THEN TRY NEW TREATMENTS

Pain Pump Do’s Don'ts and Things They Won’t Tell You by Eve Blackburn

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What to do if you're in a flare
 

Adhesive arachnoiditis (AA) is a spinal canal inflammatory disease that can flare or progress at any time. You must build a “better and better” program to prevent flares and further deterioration. If you believe your AA is progressing and you are deteriorating, here are some steps we recommend

ESI'S and Epidurals

Epidural and epidural Corticosteroid Injections (ESI) are a no-no for Arachnoiditis patients. The FDA issued a black box warning, the strongest warning they issue, warning about the side effects, including Arachnoiditis. It's left up to the physician who is giving the injections to explain the warning to you, and they rarely do. Stay informed and stay away from ESI's. 

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FDA Black box warning for epidurals