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Can I die from myopathy if I ignore it?

Can I die from myopathy if I ignore it?

Depends: Cardiomyopathy can be lethal depending on the cause and severity. There genetic forms of skeletal muscle diseases that are lethal, e.g., duchene muscular dystrophy. ...Read more

Dr. Richard Zimon
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Myopathy (Definition)

Myopathy is a primary disorder of the muscle. Myopathies can be congenital, acquired (often autoimmune) and part of hereditary syndromes. These are typically diagnosed based on clinical presentation, genetic testing, and muscle biopsy ...Read more


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What is a myopathy?

What is a myopathy?

Disease of muscle: By definition, this is a problem primarily associated with muscular damage and weakness. Classically, many of the disorders are hereditary, e.g., muscular dystrophy, but others may be autoimmune, such as polymyositis. The term implies focal involvement of muscle, as contrasted with neuropathy, which points to nerve problems. ...Read more

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Can myopathy be cured ?

Can myopathy be cured ?

Depends on cause: Typically muscle disease can be treated and controlled, but many forms are hereditary and resist current therapies. Some of the inflammatory and mitochondrial forms can be also challenging. This is a rather difficult area, which is being researched continuously. A good online source is the US Muscular Dystrophy Assoc (MDA). ...Read more

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What is myoshi myopathy?

What is myoshi myopathy?

Muscular dystrophy: Myoshi is a form a muscular dystrophy usually starting in the calf around age 20, making it difficult to walk on toes. Might benefit from physical therapy. ...Read more

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What to do about myopathy?

What to do about myopathy?

Myopathy = muscle: weakness & wasting from abnormal structure or metabolism of muscle cells. OMIM.org lists 586 genetic defects that cause congenital myopathies. The many disorders that cause acquired myopathies are on clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/neurology/myopathy/. History, family history, physical & neurological exams, muscle biopsy, genetic & other lab studies are needed for diagnosis. ...Read more

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How do you treat myopathy?

How do you treat  myopathy?

Find the cause: Like any disease, your best chance of relief is to find the cause. Find the cause. In the meantime avoid too much exertion which could further damage diseased muscle fibers. ...Read more

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What are the tests for myopathy?

What are the tests for myopathy?

Many: Ck with isoenzymes, electrolytes, magnesium, calcium, serum myoglobins, serum creatinine, urinalysis, complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation test, thyroid function tests, ast, electrocardiograph, genetic testing, antinuclear antibodies, electromyogram, mri, muscle biopsy. As you can see there are many tests, but the most important thing is to select a physician that is a specialist. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of myopathy?

What are the symptoms of myopathy?

Soreness, pain: Myopathy implies a problem/disease with muscle tissue. Symptoms include muscle pain and soreness, tenderness to the touch, muscle weakness and muscle fatigue. ...Read more

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How fast can I make my myopathy go away?

How fast can I make my myopathy go away?

What type ?: Hard to guess, depending on the type of myopathy prognosis can be decided. ...Read more

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What percentage of people have myopathy?

What percentage of people have myopathy?

Myopathy = muscle: weakness & wasting from abnormal structure or metabolism of muscle cells. 586 specific genetic defects cause congenital myopathies. Causes of acquired myopathies are on clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/neurology/myopathy/. If personal & family history, physical & neurological exams, muscle biopsy & molecular genetic studies yield a diagnosis, your ? can be answered. ...Read more

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Do I have to take medicine for myopathy?

Do I have to take medicine for myopathy?

Myopathy: Myopathy means muscle pathology or disorder. There are many causes of muscle disease, i.e. Many muscle diseases. Whether or not medicine is needed depends on the specific muscle disease. Consider seeing a neurologist. ...Read more

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What part of the body does myopathy affect?

What part of the body does myopathy affect?

Depends on the level: at which its affected. The spinal cord lesion, say is at the C4 level, then the affected body part would be the shoulder and side of the neck.
So if the lesion is at L3-4 level, then affected side's knee area would be affected.
See a Spine surgeon to explain it to you, which particular site and the cause of the lesion responsible for it.
Good Luck. ...Read more

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Can you tell me about holloviseral myopathy?

Can you tell me about holloviseral myopathy?

Hollow Visceral Myo-: pathy = inability of intestinal smooth muscle to propel food, air & stool normally, causing obstruction without a lesion that blocks passage. It can be from inherited genetic defects affecting intestinal nerve & muscle cells, genetic syndromes or auto-immune & neurological diseases. Bladder function is often impaired, also. Biopsy of the walls of the bowel & bladder diagnose the type. ...Read more

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Can myopathy disease make u feel latargic and week?

Can myopathy disease make u feel latargic and week?

Absolutely: Myopathy is a problem with the muscles--be it the heart (cardiomyopathy) or the motor muscles (general myopathy). Depends on reason as how best to treat and reduce symptoms of fatigue and weakness (/lethargy). ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: Myopathy?

What is the definition or description of: Myopathy?

Muscle disorder: Myopathy is a primary disorder of the muscle. Myopathies can be congenital, acquired (often autoimmune) and part of hereditary syndromes. These are typically diagnosed based on clinical presentation, genetic testing, and muscle biopsy and occasionally electrodiagnostic testing. ...Read more

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Progressive degenerative myopathy, what is this disorder?

Progressive degenerative myopathy, what is this disorder?

Muscle degeneration: There are several types of progressive muscle degeneration. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is one of the better known. Other variants of muscular dystrophy are less severe. Spinal muscular atrophy results from loss of anterior horn cells in the spinal cord that causes progressive degeneration of the involved muscles with weakness. Toxic myopathy can occur including associated with steroid use. ...Read more

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Need help husband has myopathy willing to go off all meds for reaserch&diagnosis we have kids&one of them already has signs help please?

Need help husband has myopathy willing to go off all meds for reaserch&diagnosis we have kids&one of them already has signs help please?

Search for help: Last message lists research sites, but with the child having symptoms, sounds very likely of genetic origin, and this needs further assessment, again at a research facility. Include all children in such a study. Hang in there, many facilities have research and insights. ...Read more

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What diet is good for myopathys?

What diet is good for myopathys?

Do you have one?: Well, if you're a heavy alcoholic, that can GIVE you an alcoholic myopathy among other things; so that's 1 more reason not to be a boozer. In the case of inflammatory myopathies, a high-protein diet MAY be beneficial. Otherwise, there is no special diet for "myopathys." You've made the mistake of lumping all "myopathys" together. There are many different causes and hence different treatments. ...Read more

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Cervical myopathy prognosis?

Cervical myopathy prognosis?

Myelopathy?: Cervical myelopathy means the symptoms due to pressure on the spinal cord from stenosis or disc herniations. This can be reversible with intervention such as surgery. However, without treatment is typically does tend to progress with weakness, numbness, etc. ...Read more

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Is myopathy why I have back problems?

Is myopathy why I have back problems?

Unlikely: Myopathy can weaken muscles and result in early back degeneration. This is very unusual, however. At age 44, if you have early back issues already, then this could be the problem unless your activity and job requirements have just accelerated the degeneration in the back. ...Read more

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What can I expect from cardio myopathy?

What can I expect from cardio myopathy?

It depends : Cardiomyopathies can have a wide range of clinical course from very few symptoms for many years to very severe symptoms in a short time period. Most are progressive but may be very gradual. Medications are avfirstbline of treatment. For the most severe, cardiac transplantation is undertaken. ...Read more

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How rare and what is myotubular myopathy?

How rare and what is  myotubular myopathy?

Very rare: Myotubular myopathy must be diagnosed by muscle biopsy with special stains to look at the myotubules. It is a form of congenital myopathy but can be rather serious in some cases. Others are quite mild. Usually not progressive, but can cause diffuse weakness and intolerance to exercise. Usually does not affect heart or lung function. But it can affect ability to swallow easily. ...Read more

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What is the difference between myopathy and gout?

What is the difference between myopathy and gout?

Not related: Myopathy refers to damage to the muscles that can be caused by many diseases and drugs. Gout is a type of inflammatory joint disease caused by an immune reaction to crystals formed in the joints due to elevated levels of uric acid in the blood. ...Read more

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What are some differences between myopathy and gout?

What are some differences between myopathy and gout?

Big differences: Myopathy refers to disease processes in the muscle tissue, while gout is a form of acute inflammatory arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid. Gout usually attacks joints and soft tissues, not muscle. ...Read more

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Is myopathy a curable disease? Where do I go to have it treated?

Myopathy: Myopathy is a muscle disorder.
There are various causes and etiologies.
Many times it mnay be from medication or from an auto-immune or rheuymatological condition.
If the underlying condition is treated, the myopathy may improve. ...Read more

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What are herbs that can treat muscular myopathy and where can I find them?

What are herbs that can treat muscular myopathy and where can I find them?

Don't exist: Myopathy refers to muscular pathology, and when present, is secondary to hereditary causes, acquired myositis, or associated with medication reactions. Medical therapies, may include steroids or immune-suppressants, vary depending on cause. Other the counter and herbal remedies would be nice, but, to date, muscular disorders seem not to respond to these approaches. See a muscle specialist. ...Read more

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What is the treatment for myopathy?

What is the treatment for myopathy?

Varies: There many different type of myopathies arising from different trigger sites, so there is no one specific trestmen. ...Read more

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What is hypertropic cardio myopathy?

What is hypertropic cardio myopathy?

Significant disease: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick, and obstruction to outflow may occur. Arrhythmias may occur as well. It is commonly inherited, first degree relatives should be screened. Patients may have severe symptoms, or no symptoms at all. It is a common cause of death in young athletes who seemed completely healthy. ...Read more