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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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Myopathy: Yes, but labs and electrodiagnostic studies can be very useful as well.
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.
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.
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.See 2 more doctor answers
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.