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Are there any promising drugs out there to reverse steroid myopathy? Or is the treatment just exercise
I take seritide and flixotide for copd, and am developing steroid myopathy. What can I do to stop this happening?
If u took a muscle biopsy of someone w/ steroid myopathy what would you expect to see as opposed to a normal person?
Too much steroids: It comes from too many steroids given for asthma , inflammation from different entities that results in more proximal muscle weakness and you have to stop taking them to get better also take in protein and exercise unless it results from a tumor that secretes steroid type compounds it is thought to arise from decrease in muscle protein metabolism causing atrophy. ...Read more
Very likely: Steroid induced myopathy typically gets better when the steroids are discontinued. A lot depends on the type of steroids and the duration of the steroids. Also, you need to balance the myopathy with the rationale for the steroids. There are some situations (ie. Brain tumors) when they are essential for the treatment and management of a different disorder. In general, we try to limit steroid use. ...Read more
I have myopathy due to my use of topical steroids for dermatitis. Now i got tired from long standing or short distant walking.What shall I do to cure?
Exercise!: Incrementally increase your effort as you endurance improves. Any sporting activity, inlcuding walking is good. But get a heart rate monitor and subtract your age in years from 220 and then multiply this times 0.7. This heart rate will be reached with appreciably little speed, if you are deconditioned. As your endurance improves you will be able to walk faster and farther to achieve that hr. ! ...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
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
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