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How common is having dermatomyositis and scleroderma and what is the best treatment?

How common is having dermatomyositis and scleroderma and what is the best treatment?

Uncommon: These are uncommon diseases but inflammatory muscle disease can be seen with scleroderma like skin changes in mixed connective tissue disease, anti-synthetase syndrome and sometimes as a complication of scleroderma. ...Read more

Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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Dermatomyositis (Definition)

Dermatomyositis is a disease of the connective tissues of the muscle and skin, causing ...Read more


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DX w/Dermatomyositis 18 months ago @ 31. Dysphagia and short of breath started about 4 months ago. What's my best, educated prognosis/survival rates?

DX w/Dermatomyositis 18 months ago @ 31. Dysphagia and short of breath started about 4 months ago. What's my best, educated prognosis/survival rates?

Learn more: Nobody here can give you betting odds without knowing your full history. The inflammatory myopathies can run with pulmonary fibrosis or your shortness of breath may have a different cause. You'd do best to become an expert on your illness -- a true pro-active patient who reads the real scientific literature. It's best for you and your physicians. Try to get into a research study. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is dermatomyositis serious?

Is dermatomyositis serious?

It can be: There is a much higher risk of solid organ cancers (lung, colon for example) in patients with dm. Why this is remains unclear. ...Read more

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What causes dermatomyositis?

What causes  dermatomyositis?

Dermatomyositis: The cause of dermatomyositis is unknown. Experts think it may be due to a viral infection of the muscles or a problem with the body's immune system. It can also sometimes occur in patients who have cancer of the abdomen, lung or other body area. Anyone can develop dermatomyositis, but it most commonly occurs in children age 5 - 15 and adults age 40 - 60. Women develop this condition more often. ...Read more

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How to live with dermatomyositis?

How to live with dermatomyositis?

Dermatomyositis: You have a rare disease. You should be under the care of a rheumatologist with experience treating this disease. Dermatomyositis often has long periods of remission and can usually be controlled when active. Working with your doctor is the most important step in living with this disease. It will require medication to treat when active and physical therapy to help with weakness when controlled. ...Read more

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What are symptoms of dermatomyositis?

Weakness and rash!: Dermatomyositis has characteristicc rashes: heliotrope, gottren's, etc. A rheumatologist or dermatologist will recognize this. Proximal muscle weakness is the first evidence of muscular disease, and a doctor will check your cpk, which would be elevated. Pts may also experience raynaud's syndrome, and internal organ involvement can occur. It is a serious disease! ...Read more

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What is some info on dermatomyositis?

Skin & muscles: Dermatomyositis is a connective-tissue disease, ranging from mild to severe. Milder cases involve only inflammation of the muscles and the skin, while more severe cases also may affect the joints, esophagus, lungs, and even the heart in rare cases. Treatment is difficult but possible, and often effective in the hands of an experienced dermatologist. ...Read more

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How many people have dermatomyositis?

0.6-1 in 100,000: It is the most common immune-mediated myositis, but still uncommon. ...Read more

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What are the tests for dermatomyositis?

Several.: While a muscle biopsy is most definitive, emgs, elevation of muscle enzymes, positive ana, reflexed to specific autoantibodies frequently seen in dm. But the clinical picture is most telling. This diseasec should be managed by a rheumatologist. ...Read more

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What are some dermatomyositis exercises?

Exercise for myopath: The first step is to get the disease under control and CPK level to normal. Do not exercise until this is done. Then begin quad strengthening and light weights for the arms. Biceps, triceps, deltoid. ...Read more