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Marijuana Dilated Myopathy
Drugs: It depends on the specific type, but generally speaking the answer is drug therapy. Most patients should be on Carvedilol or metoprolol succinate, an ace-inhibitor (ends in -pril) or arb (ends in -artan), and, ideally, an aldosterone blocker like spironolactone. Black patients also benefit from a combination of 2 meds called Hydralazine and isosorbide. Diuretics are used in most patients as well. ...Read more
Do you have one?: Well, if you're a heavy alcoholic, that can GIVE you an alcoholic myopathy among other things; so that's 1 more reason not to be a boozer. In the case of inflammatory myopathies, a high-protein diet MAY be beneficial. Otherwise, there is no special diet for "myopathys." You've made the mistake of lumping all "myopathys" together. There are many different causes and hence different treatments. ...Read more
Depends on the level: at which its affected. The spinal cord lesion, say is at the C4 level, then the affected body part would be the shoulder and side of the neck. So if the lesion is at L3-4 level, then affected side's knee area would be affected. See a Spine surgeon to explain it to you, which particular site and the cause of the lesion responsible for it. Good Luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hollow Visceral Myo-: pathy = inability of intestinal smooth muscle to propel food, air & stool normally, causing obstruction without a lesion that blocks passage. It can be from inherited genetic defects affecting intestinal nerve & muscle cells, genetic syndromes or auto-immune & neurological diseases. Bladder function is often impaired, also. Biopsy of the walls of the bowel & bladder diagnose the type. ...Read more
Myopathy = muscle: weakness & wasting from abnormal structure or metabolism of muscle cells. OMIM.org lists 586 genetic defects that cause congenital myopathies. The many disorders that cause acquired myopathies are on clevelandclinicmeded.com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/neurology/myopathy/. History, family history, physical & neurological exams, muscle biopsy, genetic & other lab studies are needed for diagnosis. ...Read more
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