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Doctor insights on: Develope Polymyositis Term Exposure Paint Xylene

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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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Can you develope polymyositis from long term exposure to paint, turpentine, xylene or acid fumes?

Not directly: Polymyositis is a classic idiopathic (unknown cause) inflammatory muscle disease. There may be a genetic link. Chemicals have not been shown to cause it. Some polymyositis patients also have cancer and cancer can be caused by chemicals. ...Read more

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Can you develope polymyositis from long term exposure to paint , turpentine, or fumes. I?

Can you develope polymyositis from long term exposure to paint , turpentine, or fumes. I?

Unlikely.: Myositis or myopathy are not interchangble. Polymyositis is an autoimmune disease. Not caused by toxins. However, may toxins casn affect muscle. Even drugs like we use for cholesterol issues (statins) can cause a myopathy. ...Read more

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Safe to use chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis?

Safe to use chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis?

Depends on severity : Steroids are the mainstay of treatment but have short and long term side effects this must be weighed against how well the ttreatment controls the disease the " chemotherapy " is the second line drugs used to control the disease if steroids fail or become too toxic the most common drug is Cytoxan (cyclophosphamide) that comes in an oral or IV form more nove, agents such as rituximabstill have used that do not hav. ...Read more

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Can chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis successfully?

Can chemotherapy be used to treat polymyositis successfully?

YES: Polymyositis is an inflammatory muscle disease that is typically treated initially with chemotherapy (usually with IV Cytoxan or cyclophosphamide). Once the disease is in remission, oral therapies are typically used in place of the IV chemotherapy. Steroids are also commonly used. ...Read more

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Any treatment to polymyositis?

Yes: Immunosuppressive medications (prednisone, rituximab, azathioprine for example) are used with good success. Talk to a rheumatologist or neuromuscular specialist. ...Read more

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Is my polymyositis related to scleroderma?

Polymyositis: Polymyositis & scleroderma are both significant connective tissue disorders that both have autoimmune/ rheumatologic component. You need management by rheumatologist, at least to optimize the conditions. ...Read more

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What are polymyositis and dermatomyositis?

What are polymyositis  and dermatomyositis?

Muscle inflammation: Both conditions are fundamentally a reaction of the immune system that generates inflammation within the body's muscles. The main difference between dermatomyositis and polymyositis is that dermatomyositis has a unique rash but in most other clinical areas they have a rather close similarity to each other. ...Read more

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Where is the best treatment for polymyositis?

Polymyositis: Polymyositis is best treated by a rheumatologist in conjunction with your primary care doctor. ...Read more