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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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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). ...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
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. ...Read more
Myopathy = muscle: Weakness & wasting from abnormal structure or metabolism of muscle cells. 586 specific genetic defects cause congenital myopathies. Causes of acquired myopathies are on clevelandclinicmeded. Com/medicalpubs/diseasemanagement/neurology/myopathy/. If personal & family history, physical & neurological exams, muscle biopsy & molecular genetic studies yield a diagnosis, your? Can be answered. ...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 more
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
Muscle disorder: 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 and occasionally electrodiagnostic testing. ...Read more
Muscle degeneration: There are several types of progressive muscle degeneration. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is one of the better known. Other variants of muscular dystrophy are less severe. Spinal muscular atrophy results from loss of anterior horn cells in the spinal cord that causes progressive degeneration of the involved muscles with weakness. Toxic myopathy can occur including associated with steroid use. ...Read more
If you haven't yet: Listen to your wife. Get checked out. ...Read more
Need help husband has myopathy willing to go off all meds for reaserch&diagnosis we have kids&one of them already has signs help please?
Search for help: Last message lists research sites, but with the child having symptoms, sounds very likely of genetic origin, and this needs further assessment, again at a research facility. Include all children in such a study. Hang in there, many facilities have research and insights. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
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. ...Read more
Myopathy: Yes, but labs and electrodiagnostic studies can be very useful as well. ...Read more
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. ...Read more