Regarding the diagnosis
Independent Medical Record Review
Many patients with arachnoiditis are debilitated by this dreadful illness and suffer not only from unrelenting spinal pain but also from arachnoiditis associated symptoms like burning in the legs and toes, balance problems, bladder and bowel problems, vision and hearing changes, weird skin sensations like "water dripping" or "ants crawling", "electric shocks" type of pain, headaches, just to name a few. If diagnosis confirmation is requested, the patient should send me, via mail, all pertinent medical records and operative reports from spinal injections, epidurals, surgeries or any other interventional procedures as well as all MRI discs or films. I require that the patient email me a detailed list of all symptoms, synopsis of healthcare events and a list with dates of all spinal procedures. I actively practice, treat patients with arachnoiditis and provide expert services. I disclaim that I don't provide any medical opinions over the internet, I don’t offer any advices or diagnosis without first examining patient medical records and I don't accept any radiological images as an email attachments. I am not a radiologist, but arachnoiditis specialist; I render written opinions regarding arachnoiditis diagnosis only. After the review of medical records, and if the patient so desire, I prepare the report of my findings, diagnosis, prognosis, medication management and arachnoiditis treatment options.
Independent Medical Examination
An extensive 3-5 hr physical examination,
review of medical records and discussion with Dr. Aldrete followed
by a written report.
The report can be used for various medical or legal reasons like
dealing with health or accident insurance, workman’s compensation,
disability, continuum of medical care, case evaluation and meeting
with attorney or simply, just to have piece of mind with respect
to the diagnosis.
We believe that if you are reporting
symptoms consistent with arachnoiditis, your pain is real, debilitating
and systematically degrading the quality of your life.
We believe that you are suffering through many sleepless nights,
wondering, worrying and looking for answers.
Most importantly, we believe that the pain
is not in “your
Call (205) 240-4231 for more information.
No representation is made that the quality of medical services to
be performed is greater than the quality of medical services performed
by other doctors.
Dr. J. Antonio
Aldrete is Board Certified in Anesthesiology and has provided medical
care to thousands of individuals for over 35 years. He has considerable experience in the diagnosis
and treatment of patients with diseases of the spine, failed back
syndrome, postlaminectomy pain syndrome, abnormalities of the dural
sac, complications from intraspinal injections and infusions and
special expertise in arachnoiditis. Dr. Aldrete has done original
work on brain resuscitation, allergy to local anesthetics, anesthesia
at high altitude and malignant hyperthermia. He was the chief
anesthesiologist for the first 180 liver transplants done in the
USA. Dr. Aldrete developed a postanesthesia grading system
known as the Aldrete Score, which is being used in every American
Creator and President of the Arachnoiditis Foundation Inc., a non-profit
organization, Dr. Aldrete devotes a substantial amount of time on expansion
of therapeutic modalities, and finding a possible cure for arachnoiditis.
His medical research is evidenced by 12 books, 80 chapters in text
books and 468 articles published in peer review journals.