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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Polymyositis

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What causes polymyositis?

What causes polymyositis?

No one knows!: Great mystery? There is genetic propensity, but it is slight. Viral theories have been put forth, without concrete support. We just don't know! if you have this, you should be followed by someone in rheumatology or neurology. ...Read more

Dr. Gerald Byrne
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Polymyositis (Definition)

Polymyositis is a condition that consists of muscle pain and weakness, mainly at the thighs leading to difficulty standing, walking, and climbing stairs. Polymyositis ...Read more


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I was diagnosed with lupus (sle) in 1992. Polymyositis in 2006. Can my weak hip and shoulder be caused by these 2 ailments?

I was diagnosed with lupus (sle) in 1992. Polymyositis in 2006. Can my weak hip and shoulder be caused by these 2 ailments?

Yes: Problems like these can only be correctly handled by your doctor in person. He/she needs to listen to you, perform an examination and possibly run labs or other tests. That's the only way he/she can find out what's going on and what to do about it. ...Read more

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What is polymyositis?

What is polymyositis?

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. ...Read more

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I polymyositis painful?

No: Polymyositis is a condition where your immune system is causing muscle injury, which leads to weakness. Interestingly, this does not cause any pain. If there is pain, muscle, ligament, or tendon injury may be a cause. If multiple places hurt, thyroid issues or fibromyalgia may be the etiology. ...Read more

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What does "polymyositis" mean?

Muscle inflammation: Polymyositis means inflammation of multiple msles in the body. It is a disease by itself, associated with other diseases such as rheumatologic disorders and even some cancers. ...Read more

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How do you diagnose polymyositis?

See details: Polymyositis is a diagnosis suggested by elevated muscle enzymes (cpk and aldolase) and confirmed by EMG and especially by muscle biopsy. ...Read more

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Can polymyositis be really painful?

Mildly painful: Polymyositis is a persistent inflammatory muscle disease that causes muscle weakness.. The signs and symptoms develop gradually. The hallmark is progressive muscle weakness, additional symptoms can include fatigue, mild joint and or muscle pain, difficulty swallowing and shortness of breath. The pain is usually mild. ...Read more

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What are the tests for polymyositis?

CPK,aldolase,clinica: Muscle enzymes - cpk, aldolase - and clinical evaluation. ...Read more