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What is polymyositis?

What is polymyositis?

Autoimmune: Inflammation of muscles, usually affecting the larger muscles-shoulders and thighs more noticble early on. Cause is unknown!

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Dr. Gerald Byrne
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Polymyositis (Definition)

Polymyositis is inflammation of the muscles. It is considered an autoimmune disease and which ones on inflammatory cells targeted their activity against muscle cells. This may be associated with fatigue and muscle weakness. There are several treatment options routinely use by a rheumatologists. I'm happy to do ...Read more


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I polymyositis painful?

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.

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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.

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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.

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How do you diagnose polymyositis?

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.

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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.

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What are the tests for polymyositis?

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

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Does anyone know what polymyositis is?

Yes it is autoimmune: An autoimmune inflammatory condition of muscle, treated with meds to correct this hyperimmune response to muscle. We do not know the cause.

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What are the symptoms of polymyositis?

What are the symptoms of polymyositis?

Muscle weakness/pain: Muscle weakness and pain, deposits of calcium in muscle, discoloration around eyes, possible relation to cancer.

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Where can I do to get treated for polymyositis?

Rheumatologist: See a rheumatologist or neuromuscular specialist. First to confirm that this indeed is the right diagnosis, and second, to evaluate the needs for medicines. Immunosuppressives are used to control disease activity.

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How is polymyositis treated? And can it be cured?

MTX & ROIDS: Typically a combination therapy with steroids in the form of Prednisone and a drug call Methotrexate is usually started at the same time. A decrease in the CPK is usually see within a month and typically muscle strength will improve within three months after this therapy is started. There is no cure for polymyositis but with this combination therapy the majority people can regain normal function.

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What are the final stages of the disease polymyositis?

Inability to breathe: Polymyositis is immune injury to skeletal muscle, leading to weakness. If left untreated, it can affect the diaphragm which helps you breathe. This can cause significant shortness of breath and the terrible feeling of suffocation. This is rarely seen though with the medications we have.

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Is there anyone with polymyositis that has gotten well?

Is there anyone with polymyositis that has gotten well?

Yes.: I have seen many, many patients go into remission and be off of there drugs for years.

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What is the definition or description of: Polymyositis?

Polymyositis: Polymyositis is inflammation of the muscles. It is considered an autoimmune disease and which ones on inflammatory cells targeted their activity against muscle cells. This may be associated with fatigue and muscle weakness. There are several treatment options routinely use by a rheumatologists. I'm happy to do a consult if needed.

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Is there a cure for polymyositis?

No: Although there is no cure for polymyositis, treatment can improve muscle strength and function. The earlier treatment is started the better the outcome.

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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.

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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.