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Trying for earlier than april appt. Can walk but barely. The longer i wait, the less strength that could return with dermatomyositis when treated?

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

Dr. Ramachandran Srinivasan
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Dermatomyositis (Definition)

A very broad term generally encompassing otherwise uncharacterized general malaise, soreness, and fatigue.. A variety of causes has been implicated over the years: viral, autoimmune, ...Read more


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Diagnosed w/Dermatomyositis last year, then Tumid Lupus and Raynaud's. Was just diagnosed w/Dysphagia. How does that change the general prognosis?

Diagnosed w/Dermatomyositis last year, then Tumid Lupus and Raynaud's. Was just diagnosed w/Dysphagia. How does that change the general prognosis?

See details: I am not certain it does change anything as you give no specifics about The severity of the dysphagia, current and past treatments and muscle enzyme levels. With your other manifestations are you certain you do not have mixed connective tissue disorder? ...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

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What kind of condition is dermatomyositis?

Autoimmune: It is an autoimmune disease with the collagen vascular diseases and is treated by rheumatologist. It affects skin and muscle with proximal muscle weakness of the hips and shoulders. Diagnosis is made by muscle weakness, typical rash on face and hands, muscle biopsy , skin biopsy, and blood tests. Treatment is oral steroids and steroid sparing drugs such as cytoxan, (cyclophosphamide) imuran, methotrexate. ...Read more

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How serious is dermatomyositis for someone?

Check it out: Dermatomyositis is a disease that can affect the skin, muscles. It can range from mild to very severe. When someone is diagnoses with dermatomyositis, the doctor should do a work up for underlying cancer, because about 25% of cases are associated with an underlying malignancy. See a dermatologist if you have not already done so. ...Read more

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What predisposes someone to dermatomyositis?

Unclear: One recent study suggests that heavy muscular exertion and emotional stress may be risk factors -- but the totally honest answer is that we don't know. ...Read more

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Is having dermatomyositis considered a disability?

No: Dm is a treatable disease, and we attempt to restore the patient's quality of life back to pre-diagnosis. Only if the conventional treatments fail do I consider having the patient apply for disability. ...Read more

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With dermatomyositis what else should I be looking for?

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 more

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What is the definition or description of: Dermatomyositis?

Dermatomyositis: Literally inflammation of the skin and muscles. A very broad term generally encompassing otherwise uncharacterized general malaise, soreness, and fatigue. A variety of causes has been implicated over the years: viral, autoimmune, part of other syndromes. ...Read more

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What should I know about dermatomyositis? What advice can you give for someone who has it?

Inflammation of musc: Inflammation of muscles. Assure that it is not caused by medications or by cancer. Further, assure exercises to maintain muscle strength. ...Read more

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Can dermatomyositis be prevented?

Can dermatomyositis be prevented?

Dermatomyositis: There are no preventive measures for dermatomyositis which is an autoimmune disease that affects skin and muscles. Dermatomyositis follows a viral illness or as autoimmune entity . In few patients it is present with cancer. It also affects lungs, heart and esophagus . It also overlaps at times with lupus. Scleroderma and sjogren's . Diagnosis by muscle /skin biopsy. ...Read more

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What is juvenile dermatomyositis?

Autoimmune likely...: Juvenile dermatomyositis (jdm) is an idiopathic inflammatory myopathy (imm) of presumed autoimmune dysfunction resulting in muscle weakness among other complications. It manifests itself in children; it is the pediatric counterpart of dermatomyositis. In jdm, the body's immune system attacks blood vessels throughout the body, causing inflammation called vasculitis. ...Read more

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What are good treatments for dermatomyositis?

Prednisone: Systemic corticosteroids (prednisone) form the basic therapy for dermatomyositis. Other medications can be added if the disease cannot be controlled on Prednisone alone. Both Methotrexate and azathioprine have been used in this situation. There are also some newer meds which are showing promise in the treatment of steroid resistent myositis. ...Read more