On February 17, 2010, Pastor Campbell went in for a routine knee surgery not knowing that when he came out his life would be forever changed.
After a failed spinal epidural, he would be diagnosed with a condition called arachnoiditis ~ which is a lifetime of severe pain, every day, with no cure.
Realizing that God makes no mistakes, Pastor Campbell, and his family, want to help you give God praise,
honour and glory, through your trials, whether they be physical, emotional, financial, relational or mental, and to realize they are treasures from God. Everyone has them. How will you handle yours?
The purpose of Treasured Trials Ministry is to help us view our trials as God sees them. Romans 8:28, says, “And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.” It is our job to find the good, or gold, out of the trial God trusted us with. Nothing ever happens to us without our Lord allowing it. The Lord’s desire is for us to “treasure” our trials more than we would gold, as the Bible says in I Peter 1:7 ~ “That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ.” The sooner we accept this truth the quicker we will understand the purpose of all trials is to use them to honour and give praise to God for Who He is and how good He is to us.
We want to encourage those who are going through tough times in their lives or who have had their lives turned upside down, like we have, to never believe that the Lord is mad at you or that He is purposely hurting anyone by allowing these trials to afflict our lives.
I Peter 1:7 teaches us that our faith is being tried not us personally. The Bible says it is impossible to please God without faith. When our faith is tested, we can learn to trust Him, give up our will for His purpose, and allow our faith to increase so we can learn to treasure our trials.
Treasuring trials is really treasuring our great God! He is a great God and He makes no mistakes!
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 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
As the disease progresses, symptoms may become more severe or even permanent. Many people with arachnoiditis are unable to work and suffer significant disability because they are in constant pain.
Causes of Arachnoiditis
Inflammation of the arachnoid can lead to the formation of scar tissue and can cause the spinal nerves to stick together and malfunction. The arachnoid can become inflamed because of an irritation from one of the following sources:
- Direct injury to the spine
- Chemicals: Dye used in myelograms (diagnostic tests in which a dye called radiographic contrast media is injected into the area surrounding the spinal cord and nerves) have been blamed for some cases of arachnoiditis. The radiographic contrast media responsible for this is no longer used, however. Also, there is concern that the preservatives found in epidural steroid injections may cause arachnoiditis.
- Infection from bacteria or viruses: Infections such as viral and fungalmeningitis or tuberculosis can affect the spine.
- Chronic compression of spinal nerves: Causes for this compression include chronic degenerative disc disease or advanced spinal stenosis (narrowing of spinal column).
- Complications from spinal surgery or other invasive spinal procedures:Similar causes include multiple lumbar (lower back) punctures.
Making the Diagnosis
Diagnosing arachnoiditis can be difficult, but tests such as the CAT scan (computerized axial tomography) or MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) have helped with diagnosis. A test called an electromyogram (EMG) can assess the severity of the ongoing damage to affected nerve roots by using electrical impulses to check nerve function.
Note: Myelograms with the radiographic contrast currently in use, combined with CAT scanning, are not considered to be responsible for causing arachnoiditis or causing it to worsen.
There is no cure for arachnoiditis. Treatment options for arachnoiditis are similar to those for other chronic pain conditions. Most treatments focus on relieving pain and improving symptoms that impair daily activities. Often, health care professionals recommend a program of pain management, physiotherapy, exercise, and psychotherapy. Surgery for arachnoiditis is controversial because outcomes can be poor and provide only short-term relief. Clinical trials of steroid injections and electrical stimulation are needed to determine whether those treatments are effective.
Reviewed by the doctors at The Cleveland Clinic Neuroscience Center.
WebMD Medical Reference provided in collaboration with the Cleveland Clinic