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What diet is good for myopathys?

What diet is good for myopathys?

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.

Dr. Richard Zimon
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Myopathy (Definition)

Myopathy is a primary disorder of the muscle. Myopathies can be congenital, acquired (often autoimmune) and part of hereditary syndromes. These are typically diagnosed based on clinical presentation, genetic testing, and muscle biopsy ...Read more


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What is a myopathy?

What is a myopathy?

Disease of muscle: By definition, this is a problem primarily associated with muscular damage and weakness. Classically, many of the disorders are hereditary, e.g., muscular dystrophy, but others may be autoimmune, such as polymyositis. The term implies focal involvement of muscle, as contrasted with neuropathy, which points to nerve problems.

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Can myopathy be cured?

Can myopathy be cured?

Depends on cause: Typically muscle disease can be treated and controlled, but many forms are hereditary and resist current therapies. Some of the inflammatory and mitochondrial forms can be also challenging. This is a rather difficult area, which is being researched continuously. A good online source is the US Muscular Dystrophy Assoc (MDA).

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What are the tests for myopathy?

What are the tests for myopathy?

Many: Ck with isoenzymes, electrolytes, magnesium, calcium, serum myoglobins, serum creatinine, urinalysis, complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation test, thyroid function tests, ast, electrocardiograph, genetic testing, antinuclear antibodies, electromyogram, mri, muscle biopsy. As you can see there are many tests, but the most important thing is to select a physician that is a specialist.

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What are the symptoms of myopathy?

What are the symptoms of myopathy?

Soreness, pain: Myopathy implies a problem/disease with muscle tissue. Symptoms include muscle pain and soreness, tenderness to the touch, muscle weakness and muscle fatigue.

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Can I die from myopathy if I ignore it?

Can I die from myopathy if I ignore it?

Depends: Cardiomyopathy can be lethal depending on the cause and severity. There genetic forms of skeletal muscle diseases that are lethal, e.g., duchene muscular dystrophy.

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Cervical myopathy prognosis?

Cervical myopathy prognosis?

Myelopathy?: Cervical myelopathy means the symptoms due to pressure on the spinal cord from stenosis or disc herniations. This can be reversible with intervention such as surgery. However, without treatment is typically does tend to progress with weakness, numbness, etc.

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Is myopathy why I have back problems?

Is myopathy why I have back problems?

Unlikely: Myopathy can weaken muscles and result in early back degeneration. This is very unusual, however. At age 44, if you have early back issues already, then this could be the problem unless your activity and job requirements have just accelerated the degeneration in the back.

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What can I expect from cardio myopathy?

What can I expect from cardio myopathy?

It depends: Cardiomyopathies can have a wide range of clinical course from very few symptoms for many years to very severe symptoms in a short time period. Most are progressive but may be very gradual. Medications are avfirstbline of treatment. For the most severe, cardiac transplantation is undertaken.

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How rare and what is myotubular myopathy?

How rare and what is myotubular myopathy?

Very rare: Myotubular myopathy must be diagnosed by muscle biopsy with special stains to look at the myotubules. It is a form of congenital myopathy but can be rather serious in some cases. Others are quite mild. Usually not progressive, but can cause diffuse weakness and intolerance to exercise. Usually does not affect heart or lung function. But it can affect ability to swallow easily.

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What is the difference between myopathy and gout?

What is the difference between myopathy and gout?

Not related: Myopathy refers to damage to the muscles that can be caused by many diseases and drugs. Gout is a type of inflammatory joint disease caused by an immune reaction to crystals formed in the joints due to elevated levels of uric acid in the blood.

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What are some differences between myopathy and gout?

What are some differences between myopathy and gout?

Big differences: Myopathy refers to disease processes in the muscle tissue, while gout is a form of acute inflammatory arthritis caused by the buildup of uric acid. Gout usually attacks joints and soft tissues, not muscle.

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Is the only way to definitively d (x) a myopathy with biopsy?

Myopathy: Yes, but labs and electrodiagnostic studies can be very useful as well.

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Is myopathy a curable disease? Where do I go to have it treated?

Myopathy: Myopathy is a muscle disorder. There are various causes and etiologies. Many times it mnay be from medication or from an auto-immune or rheuymatological condition. If the underlying condition is treated, the myopathy may improve.

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What are herbs that can treat muscular myopathy and where can I find them?

What are herbs that can treat muscular myopathy and where can I find them?

Don't exist: Myopathy refers to muscular pathology, and when present, is secondary to hereditary causes, acquired myositis, or associated with medication reactions. Medical therapies, may include steroids or immune-suppressants, vary depending on cause. Other the counter and herbal remedies would be nice, but, to date, muscular disorders seem not to respond to these approaches. See a muscle specialist.

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What is the treatment for myopathy?

What is the treatment for myopathy?

Varies: There many different type of myopathies arising from different trigger sites, so there is no one specific trestmen.

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What is hypertropic cardio myopathy?

What is hypertropic cardio myopathy?

Significant disease: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a condition in which the heart muscle becomes thick, and obstruction to outflow may occur. Arrhythmias may occur as well. It is commonly inherited, first degree relatives should be screened. Patients may have severe symptoms, or no symptoms at all. It is a common cause of death in young athletes who seemed completely healthy.

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What is myoshi myopathy?

What is myoshi myopathy?

Muscular dystrophy: Myoshi is a form a muscular dystrophy usually starting in the calf around age 20, making it difficult to walk on toes. Might benefit from physical therapy.

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What to do about myopathy?

What to do about myopathy?

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.

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How do you treat myopathy?

How do you treat myopathy?

Find the cause: Like any disease, your best chance of relief is to find the cause. Find the cause. In the meantime avoid too much exertion which could further damage diseased muscle fibers.