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Is Myositis Fatal
Weakness>Pain: Myositis is inflammation of muscles caused by autoimmune attack of the muscle tissue. It can sometimes be painful but the primary symptom is progressive weakness (over weeks and months). Affected muscles are usually proximal (closer to the body) such as shoulders and hips while wrists/hands and feet are usually spared. Sometimes accompanied by Raynaud's and purple/red rash around eyes and on chestSee 2 more doctor answers
Weakness>Pain: Myositis is inflammation of muscles caused by autoimmune attack of the muscle tissue. It can sometimes be painful but the primary symptom is progressive weakness (over weeks and months). Affected muscles are usually proximal (closer to the body) such as shoulders and hips while wrists/hands and feet are usually spared. Sometimes accompanied by Raynaud's and purple/red rash around eyes and on chestSee 1 more doctor answer
Eye problems: Myositis means inflammation of the muscles that you use to move your body. Orbital myositis is an inflammatory process that primarily involves the extraocular muscles and most commonly affects young adults in the third decade of life, females more often than males.See 1 more doctor answer
Most no. Some yes.: There are many types of myositis. Some after bouts of therapy go into remission and do not recur, particularly in children with dermatomyositis. Many other types, more so in adults can be remitted, but require constant therapy. And a few cases are quite severe and can cause death. See someone in rheumatology for management.
Red, painful, swollen: Orbital myositis (OM) falls in the spectrum of orbital inflammatory diseases, which are associated w/ autoimmune dz like rhuematoid arthritis, lupus, crohn's dz etc. When no cause is found (more common than not), it is called idiopathic orbital inflammation. Om is orbital inflammation focused on an eye muscle. Workup includes a search for underlying cause. First line treatment is w/ oral steroids.See 1 more doctor answer
Myopathy type: Ibm is atype of inflammatory myositis. It tends to affect people older than 50. People with ibm often have weakness of their upper and lower arms and legs. Sometimes the muscles look smaller known as atrophy. Unfortunately there are no treatments that are proven to help. However, patients are sometimes tried on a short course of steroids, ivig, etc. Phys therapy is extremely important.See 1 more doctor answer
A wide spectrum Pts.: This is an inflammatory muscle disease, with slowly progressive weakness and wasting of both distal and proximal muscles, most notably of the arms and legs. Because this randomly affects different people in different ways and at different rates, there is no "textbook case." there are two kinds, sporadic and hereditary. The hereditary case does not have inflammation and is thus not myositis.
With a stick maybe?: No definitive treatment has proved effective for the sporadic form of the disease. A militaristic tough-as-nails let's-hard-nose-this-one-out how-to-beat-it when-the-going-gets-tough-the-tough-get-going attitude toward this disease will only cause greater feelings of failure and frustration down the line. Most proactive thing is to try to get into a clinical trial, see clinicaltrials. Gov.See 1 more doctor answer
Not rare: Myositis ossificans can occur with any muscle injury that produces an inflammatory response. It often occurs and resolves without us knowing it. The more severe ones are associated with bigger injuries, so we follow them more closely. Since it is not harmful, we encourage stretching and rest to give it a chance to resolve or play its course.