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Newly Diagnosed or Presumptive Cases


Early identification and treatment of Arachnoiditis is important to prevent the serious complications of Adhesive Arachnoiditis. If you’re newly diagnosed, suspect that you have Arachnoiditis, or are one of the many thousands who have been misdiagnosed for years, you will find the tools to get started on your treatment plan and to connect with others like you here.

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Emergency Starting Protocol for suspected or likely Adhesive Arachnoiditis after spinal tap, spinal surgery, or epidural injection.

Arachnoiditis causes attachment of cauda equina nerve roots to the arachnoid-dural (meninges) covering of the spinal canal. Untreated, nerve roots become trapped, impaired, and destroyed within the inflammatory mass of adhesions that may result in paraparesis, autoimmune manifestations, spinal fluid flow obstruction, and bladder, bowel, and sex organ dysfunction.

This protocol is recommended anytime within 4 months of the inciting procedure.


Three-Component Protocol

Here you will find two bulletins from The Tennant Foundation that are key to controlling the downward spiraling effect of untreated or under-treated Arachnoiditis. These protocols work by addressing the three important factors; neuro-inflammation; tissue regeneration; and pain control. Both bulletins are similar, but contain slightly different options.


It’s important to note that successful treatments must cross the important blood-brain barrier, or BBB short. The BBB works by protecting the spinal cord from potentially toxic substances within the blood while still delivering necessary molecules to maintain spinal cord activities, including lowering neuro-inflammation and regenerating tissue.

Bulletin #15- Three Component Treatment Protocol


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Adhesive Arachnoiditis: No Longer a Rare Disease

This article discusses adhesive arachnoiditis, a condition that affects the spinal cord and nerves, causing chronic pain and other symptoms. The article highlights that the condition is no longer considered rare, but is often misdiagnosed or underdiagnosed. It provides a detailed overview of the causes, symptoms, and treatment options for adhesive arachnoiditis. If you or someone you know is experiencing chronic pain or other symptoms related to the spinal cord or nerves, it is recommended that you read this article and bring it to your physician for discussion. This information may help with early detection and proper diagnosis, which can lead to better treatment outcomes.

Do You Suspect Arachnoiditis, but have not been officially diagnosed?

If you suspect you may be living with arachnoiditis, we recommend exploring the Diagnosis Assistance article by Dr. Tennant at Arachnoiditis Hope. This article provides expert guidance and criteria for diagnosing lumbar-sacral adhesive arachnoiditis, even if you haven't received an official diagnosis.

Arachnoiditis can be challenging to diagnose, but early recognition is crucial. If you're experiencing symptoms like constant back pain, leg pains, urinary difficulties, burning sensations in your feet, or other related symptoms, this article is here to help.

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