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Dermatomyositis is a disease of the connective tissues of the muscle and skin, causing rash, weakness, and pain.
Malignancy: Dermatomyositis can be associated with cancer 5 years prior to diagnosis or 5 years after diagnosi. A workup for breast stomach, ovary and other cancers is be essay. Discuss with treating doctor as well as side effects of medications. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
My 12 year old daughter was diagnosed with dermatomyositis. She's on steroid therapy. What can we do to treat this problem?
Continue: Taking her to her rheumatologist regularly. ...Read more
Dx with lupus. New dr looking for dermatomyositis. Urine test results protein 12.1, creatine .32 pro/ cret, ratio.38. Normal? Doesn't have a reference
Your numbers: Are your numbers correct---they are quite calculating like they should---please repost. ...Read more
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
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
Yes: Cellcept is an immunosuppressant drug used to treat a variety if conditions. In rheumatology it is most commonly used to treat certain types of lupus. Cellcept has been used successfully to treat dermatomyositis. It can help lower and or eliminate the steroid dose. ...Read more
Trying for earlier than april appt. Can walk but barely. The longer i wait, the less strength that could return with dermatomyositis when treated?
See details: I believe a answered a similar question from you previously. Please do what ever you can to get a rheumatology appointment asap. If not see a neurologist if you can. Above all, start treatment now. ...Read more
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