Back pain, arachnoiditis

Back Pain (Arachnoditis)

Back pain arachnodits is a spinal cord condition. It develops when a thin layer that covers the spinal cord becomes swollen and enlarged. The arachnoid, a thin layer membrane, also cushions the nerves of the spinal cord.

This ailment first showed up on the spines of Egyptian mummies. It evolved in those mummies who had injuries to their spine. Most common treatment methods include non-prescription medications used to reduce swelling and prescription medications. Medications known to help spasms or seizures may help in managing this condition also.

For more information on back pain arachnoiditis disorder, its symptoms, conditions and more,  visit The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. 

Arachnoiditis is a pain disorder caused by the inflammation of the arachnoid, one of the membranes that surround and protect the nerves of the spinal cord. It is characterized by severe stinging, “burning pain“, and neurological problems.


Arachnoiditis has no consistent pattern of symptoms, but in many people, it affects the nerves connecting to the lower back and legs. The most common symptom is a pain; but, arachnoiditis can also cause:

  • Tingling, numbness, or weakness in the legs
  • Sensations that may feel like insects crawling on the skin or water trickling down the leg
  • Severe shooting pain that can be similar to an electric shock sensation
  • Muscle cramps, spasms, and uncontrollable twitching
  • Bladder, bowel and/or sexual dysfunction