12/28/2014, Ravalli County residents take epidural warning to FDA


Injecting steroids into the epidural space of the spine has been a common procedure for decades to relieve pain from back problems. Many patients are unaware of the risks of damage to the spine if the needles are inserted ever so slightly into the wrong place.  Both Snook and Anderson said their physicians never warned them of the potential risk of contracting arachnoiditis.

The arachnoid membrane surrounds the spinal cord. If that membrane is accidentally punctured by a needle during an epidural, it can trigger inflammation that produces scar tissue that adheres to the nerves in the spinal cord.  Snook told the FDA panel the resulting pain is “beyond all human comprehension or imagination.” …

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