pachymeningitis

Posted by cgrammie2 @cgrammie2, Aug 11, 2012

We live in Tennessee and my husband has been dia, with a very rare disease called pachy meningitis he is being treated in Nash. Tn. took a long time to get a name for his diease most people and Doctors haven’t ever heard of it he is looking for someone to share stories and treatments with being is has no clinical studies it is so rare! has anyone ever heard or know someone that would be willing to share information about this disease even if you are a professional neuro doctor is ok!!!

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I am being worked up for pachymeningitis. It was diagnosed by MRI while looking for the cause of hearing loss. It is complicated by also having Rheumtoid arthritis. I have constant pressure and headache. My neurologist is aggressively looking for the cause. He has had one other patient who unlike me was asymptomatic. I am awaiting results of CTs and MRIs. My next step is to consult a rheumatologist at a major university teaching/research hospital. I have no recommendations at yet. I would like to stay in contact with you. This is a lonely journey

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It is a lonely journey. I too have come under suspicion after 3 MRI’s for Pachymeningitis. I was diagnosed two years ago by a rheumatologist with IGG4 autoimmune disease (very rare) which attacks organs. It caused pancreatitis, scleritis, diverticulitis, bladder interstitial cystitis, bowel obstruction (two surgeries) gastroparesis, and just seems to attack whatever organ it feels like attacking. A common cold turns into pneumonia with pluresy. It’s so frustrating. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome set in also. I’m always tired, but try to remain as hopeful as possible and research, research, and more research. I have a laundry list of diagnosis in my 4 year medical journey and have been called a medical anomaly by all of my doctors. It is very difficult to be diagnosed with such rare diseases and also finding specialist that truly understand the diagnosis and treatment options. Unfortunately, what I’ve learned so far is even the treatment is in its clinical phases, not a cure, it’s just a an option. It is very scary not knowing whether to do the treatment (with its known side effects) or to wait until the disease is better understood. Everything points to steroids and Rutiximab (has serious side effects). I’ve kept a medical journal and pain diary to see if certain foods trigger a difficult day. I’ve cut almost all meat out of my diet, juice organic spinach, kale, carrots, beets and apples. I use organic vegan powder with powdered greens and fruit for smoothies. I only graze on food, push lots of fluids. No gluten, no gmo foods, very little dairy (switched to almond milk or coconut milk), and try to push through the pain everyday. My circle of friends has diminished to only a few who understand to a certain degree. It is lonely and at times I become fearful. Trying so hard to fight this battle holistically, although I do use medication for the pain. Essential oils have been a life saver as well. I keep thinking if I make my body a healthy vessel that it will slow the disease process. I pray it does, I’ve been tried on so many medications and experienced so many side effects. It’s so frustrating. The next step, my neurologist wants to do nerve testing, lumbar puncture, and a spinal and brain biopsy. I am being referred to Boston, just waiting for an opening in this specialist’s schedule. It’s scary waiting and the not knowing.
I’m researching Pachymeningitis and how they treat it. I keep seeing steroids. I can’t tolerate steroids. It’s really frustrating. I completely understand your concerns. If I learn more, I’m happy to share what the doctors tell me.
Hugs to you, I pray we all find the solutions we need.
Patty

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Thank you for the information

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@mern

I am being worked up for pachymeningitis. It was diagnosed by MRI while looking for the cause of hearing loss. It is complicated by also having Rheumtoid arthritis. I have constant pressure and headache. My neurologist is aggressively looking for the cause. He has had one other patient who unlike me was asymptomatic. I am awaiting results of CTs and MRIs. My next step is to consult a rheumatologist at a major university teaching/research hospital. I have no recommendations at yet. I would like to stay in contact with you. This is a lonely journey

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We are here to talk and hopefully get some ideas about treatments.If you would like we can exchange phone numbers and talk via phone! Private message me. we are on central time… call and we can chat about our journeys!

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@praymond234

It is a lonely journey. I too have come under suspicion after 3 MRI’s for Pachymeningitis. I was diagnosed two years ago by a rheumatologist with IGG4 autoimmune disease (very rare) which attacks organs. It caused pancreatitis, scleritis, diverticulitis, bladder interstitial cystitis, bowel obstruction (two surgeries) gastroparesis, and just seems to attack whatever organ it feels like attacking. A common cold turns into pneumonia with pluresy. It’s so frustrating. Fibromyalgia and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome set in also. I’m always tired, but try to remain as hopeful as possible and research, research, and more research. I have a laundry list of diagnosis in my 4 year medical journey and have been called a medical anomaly by all of my doctors. It is very difficult to be diagnosed with such rare diseases and also finding specialist that truly understand the diagnosis and treatment options. Unfortunately, what I’ve learned so far is even the treatment is in its clinical phases, not a cure, it’s just a an option. It is very scary not knowing whether to do the treatment (with its known side effects) or to wait until the disease is better understood. Everything points to steroids and Rutiximab (has serious side effects). I’ve kept a medical journal and pain diary to see if certain foods trigger a difficult day. I’ve cut almost all meat out of my diet, juice organic spinach, kale, carrots, beets and apples. I use organic vegan powder with powdered greens and fruit for smoothies. I only graze on food, push lots of fluids. No gluten, no gmo foods, very little dairy (switched to almond milk or coconut milk), and try to push through the pain everyday. My circle of friends has diminished to only a few who understand to a certain degree. It is lonely and at times I become fearful. Trying so hard to fight this battle holistically, although I do use medication for the pain. Essential oils have been a life saver as well. I keep thinking if I make my body a healthy vessel that it will slow the disease process. I pray it does, I’ve been tried on so many medications and experienced so many side effects. It’s so frustrating. The next step, my neurologist wants to do nerve testing, lumbar puncture, and a spinal and brain biopsy. I am being referred to Boston, just waiting for an opening in this specialist’s schedule. It’s scary waiting and the not knowing.
I’m researching Pachymeningitis and how they treat it. I keep seeing steroids. I can’t tolerate steroids. It’s really frustrating. I completely understand your concerns. If I learn more, I’m happy to share what the doctors tell me.
Hugs to you, I pray we all find the solutions we need.
Patty

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Yes it is a lonely place but we are here and would love to share our story one of the most important things I learned watch for things that are not normal get it checked out asap

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Please private message me for my contact information likeI said we live in Tennessee and would love to talk with others and share our story and treatments some good others not so good….what works for one might not for the other! Seems it is trial and error!

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@cgrammie2

Please private message me for my contact information likeI said we live in Tennessee and would love to talk with others and share our story and treatments some good others not so good….what works for one might not for the other! Seems it is trial and error!

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Hello @cgrammie2. Good to see you back on Connect. You’ll notice a few changes on the site since you last visited.
Please note that I removed your personal phone number from your messages. Connect is a public site and we don’t want you to get unwanted phone calls. For your privacy and security, it is better to send a member a private message to exchange contact information.
Here’s how to send private message.
1. Click the member’s @username.
2. Click the envelope icon in their profile.
3. Write a subject and your message.
4. Click Send Message.

Having said that, by sharing on Connect, you not only help the members with whom you exchange information but also those who read the forums but may not have the courage to post.

CGrammie2, How is your husband managing these days with his diagnosis of pachymeningitis? How are you?

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@cgrammie2

Please private message me for my contact information likeI said we live in Tennessee and would love to talk with others and share our story and treatments some good others not so good….what works for one might not for the other! Seems it is trial and error!

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my husband has been in remission for 300+ days headache free, not much going on at the moment he did have aortic valve replaced in 2014. so light is at the end of the tunnel! as for me my health is not what it has been all the stress is playing on my illness RA, H.B., now stage 4 kidney disease? I see a specialist in Jan for the latter. It is going to be either the diabetes or my RA causing the kidney problem. But we will see what can be done with my illnesses. Prayers for all with these rare diseases, praying they find what is causing and how to treat them! Thanks for asking, Debbie and Ray

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@shosey

Thank you for the information

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@shosey you are very welcome my phone number got blocked, I wanted to share with everyone what he has been through and get your journeys as well. I am trying to find how to send in a private message my phone number and to share all the test, trial and errors we have gone through.
Thanks and prayers to you and yours,
Ray and Debbie

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@cgrammie2

Please private message me for my contact information likeI said we live in Tennessee and would love to talk with others and share our story and treatments some good others not so good….what works for one might not for the other! Seems it is trial and error!

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Stress certainly does play havoc on our health and caregiving is a taxing job. You may be interested in exploring other groups on Connect in relation to the conditions that you are managing, for example see discussions about

– RA in Autoimmune Diseases group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/autoimmune-diseases/
– Stage 4 kidney disease in the Kidney & Bladder group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/kidney-conditions/
– Caregiver in the Caregivers group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/caregivers/
– Aortic valve replacement in the Heart & Blood Health group https://connect.mayoclinic.org/group/heart-blood-vessel-conditions/

Let me know if you’re looking for anything in particular.

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@mern

I am being worked up for pachymeningitis. It was diagnosed by MRI while looking for the cause of hearing loss. It is complicated by also having Rheumtoid arthritis. I have constant pressure and headache. My neurologist is aggressively looking for the cause. He has had one other patient who unlike me was asymptomatic. I am awaiting results of CTs and MRIs. My next step is to consult a rheumatologist at a major university teaching/research hospital. I have no recommendations at yet. I would like to stay in contact with you. This is a lonely journey

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Merry Christmas I would like to hear more about this condition and some successful treatments.
I’ve been going to multiple doctors, tried to go back to work but I feel like this journey is coming to an end.

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Hello, I’m new to this group. I was diagnosed with Pachymeningitis in November 2016 via a mini craniotomy to biopsy dural inflammation first thought to be meningioma in the cavernous sinus area. It was treated with gamma knife twice in 5 years. After the second gamma knife my symptoms of headaches/migraines, dizziness, shooting pain in my eyes, ears and face became worse. 2 years later the MRI showed inflammation of the dura (right and left). I was placed on prednisone taper down starting at 60mg daily. Symptoms got a little better but came right back after I finished the prednisone. So now I just did my first rituximab Infusion and another one in 14 days while on 10mg prednisone. Would like to know everyone else’s experience and treatment. Thank you

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@mern

I am being worked up for pachymeningitis. It was diagnosed by MRI while looking for the cause of hearing loss. It is complicated by also having Rheumtoid arthritis. I have constant pressure and headache. My neurologist is aggressively looking for the cause. He has had one other patient who unlike me was asymptomatic. I am awaiting results of CTs and MRIs. My next step is to consult a rheumatologist at a major university teaching/research hospital. I have no recommendations at yet. I would like to stay in contact with you. This is a lonely journey

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yes it is lonely and they know so little about this disease. I WAS I could share my phone number and name with you

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@jrt26

Hello, I’m new to this group. I was diagnosed with Pachymeningitis in November 2016 via a mini craniotomy to biopsy dural inflammation first thought to be meningioma in the cavernous sinus area. It was treated with gamma knife twice in 5 years. After the second gamma knife my symptoms of headaches/migraines, dizziness, shooting pain in my eyes, ears and face became worse. 2 years later the MRI showed inflammation of the dura (right and left). I was placed on prednisone taper down starting at 60mg daily. Symptoms got a little better but came right back after I finished the prednisone. So now I just did my first rituximab Infusion and another one in 14 days while on 10mg prednisone. Would like to know everyone else’s experience and treatment. Thank you

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Hi @jrt26,
My apologies for the delayed welcome. I’m glad that you found this group. Please meet @cgrammie2 and @shosey. Grammie and Shosey what treatments have you had?

JRT, we look forward to getting to know more about and learning about the rituximab infusion treatment.

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@jrt26

Hello, I’m new to this group. I was diagnosed with Pachymeningitis in November 2016 via a mini craniotomy to biopsy dural inflammation first thought to be meningioma in the cavernous sinus area. It was treated with gamma knife twice in 5 years. After the second gamma knife my symptoms of headaches/migraines, dizziness, shooting pain in my eyes, ears and face became worse. 2 years later the MRI showed inflammation of the dura (right and left). I was placed on prednisone taper down starting at 60mg daily. Symptoms got a little better but came right back after I finished the prednisone. So now I just did my first rituximab Infusion and another one in 14 days while on 10mg prednisone. Would like to know everyone else’s experience and treatment. Thank you

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Thank you very much @colleenyoung! So far the headaches and shooting pains are not very intense. I do still feel the numbness on the right side of my face/head, concentrated more around my eyes now. My right side eyesight is a little worse than a year ago, however, if I rest my eyes and get enough sleep my vision is still good. I will keep everyone posted after the second infusion on 2/28/17. Thank you again for the nice welcome!

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