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A 62-year-old male asked:

what will happen to me as i suffer from polymositis?

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Dr. Robert Roschmann
Rheumatology 46 years experience
Rules of 1/3: ~ 1/3rd of people with Polymyositis will attain a remission after initial therapy. About ~1/3 of people will have control/almost complete recovery although continued use of medications may be needed to maintain the improvements. Finally ~ 1/3 may not experience total control even with therapy. BTW: some types of myositis are caused by "statin" type drugs. Stopping the "statin" may help .

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A 46-year-old member asked:

Are there any alternative treatments for polymyositis?

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Dr. Michael P Vaughn
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
Polymyositis (PM): There are many alternative treaments for polymyositis (pm). They are similar to the therapies use for other autoimmune diseases and include: oral steroids, intravenous immunoglobululins, tacrolimus (prograf) or biologic therapies such as embrel or rituxan (rituximab).
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A 38-year-old member asked:

Is there a cure for polymyositis?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
No: Although there is no cure for polymyositis, treatment can improve muscle strength and function. The earlier treatment is started the better the outcome.
A 53-year-old member asked:

What are the traditional or naturopathic treatments for polymyositis?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Steroids: Polymyositis, is usually treated with steroids. Additional medications may be added , like methotrexate, intravenous immunoglobulins, or cytoxan. Other medications that have been used include biological therapies, rituxan, (rituximab) and tnf inhibitors. In addition physical therapy can be helpful in maintaining strength.
A 41-year-old member asked:

What is polymyositis?

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Dr. Betty Keller
Rheumatology 35 years experience
Autoimmune disease: Polymyositis is an inflammatory muscle disease. It presents with muscle weakness. There is no cure for polymyositis but treatment can help regain muscle strength and function.
A 37-year-old member asked:

What are the final stages of the disease polymyositis?

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Dr. Alfred Kim
Rheumatology 16 years experience
Inability to breathe: Polymyositis is immune injury to skeletal muscle, leading to weakness. If left untreated, it can affect the diaphragm which helps you breathe. This can cause significant shortness of breath and the terrible feeling of suffocation. This is rarely seen though with the medications we have.

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