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Dr. Gerald Byrne
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Polymyositis (Overview)

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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Can polymyositis be really painful?

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. ...Read more

Dr. Gerald Byrne
127 Doctors shared insights

Polymyositis (Overview)

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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I have a tentative diagnosis of polymyositis. We just discovered mold in the ceiling above our bed. Can mold contribute to this type of illness?

I have a tentative diagnosis of polymyositis. We just discovered mold in the ceiling above our bed. Can mold contribute to this type of illness?

Unclear: Polymyositis a disease which causes weakness in the muscles usually through inflammatory processes. Unfortunately it is unclear what triggers this process to start. Some viruses have been implicated but the majority is usually due to an autoimmune process. An autoimmune process is where your immune system starts attacking healthy cells, in this case the muscles. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for polymyositis?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...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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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. ...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

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Where are some of the best treatments available for polymyositis?

Local rheumatolgist: Polymyositis is an autoimmune muscle disease that left untreated can cause severe muscle weakness and atrophy of skeletal and involuntary smooth muscles. Treatment begins with cortisone and can advance to include oral immunosuppressive and newer intravenous immunosuppressive and biologic medicines all of which are availabe in the doctor's office or hospital. Physical therapy is critical. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Can colustrum tablets help my RA and polymyositis?

Can colustrum tablets help my RA and polymyositis?

It coud help but: Colostrum is a form of milk produced by the mammary glands of mammals (including humans) in late pregnancy. Most species will generate colostrum just prior to giving birth. Colostrum contains antibodies to protect the newborn against disease, as well as being lower in fat[3] and higher in protein than ordinary milk. ...Read more

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Is polymyositis related with poliomyelitis?

Is polymyositis related with poliomyelitis?

No: Polymyosotis is an autoimmune disease where a person's own white blood cells are attacking their muscles causing inflammation, pain, and weakness. Poliomyelitis is the disease caused by the polio virus which attacks the nerves and can leave a person with permanent weakness due to nerve damage. Very different in that it can be prevented in most people who are vaccinated against polio. ...Read more

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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! ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the tests for polymyositis?

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

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What are the complications of adult polymyositis?

Polymyositis: Difficulty swallowing, breathing problems, aspiration pneumonia, calcium deposits, raynaud's phenomenon, cardiovacular and pulmonary side effects. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more