What is polymyositis?

Autoimmune. Inflammation of muscles, usually affecting the larger muscles-shoulders and thighs more noticble early on. Cause is unknown!
Autoimmune disease. Polymyositis is an inflammatory muscle disease. It presents with muscle weakness. There is no cure for polymyositis but treatment can help regain muscle strength and function.

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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...

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...

What are polymyositis and dermatomyositis?

Muscle inflammation. Both conditions are fundamentally a reaction of the immune system that generates inflammation within the body's muscles. The main difference between dermatomyositis and polymyositis is that dermatomyositis has a unique rash but in most other clinical areas they have a rather close similarity to each other. Read more...

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...

What are dermatomyositis, polymyositis and inclusion body myositis?

Separate myosotis . Each is a specific type of inflammatory muscle disease. We call this myositis because the muscles can show information. When you have this you need an extensive evaluation looking for other associated issues. Therapy will be different for each of these. Read more...

What type of disease is polymyositis? Autoimmune?

Yes it is autoimmune. Autoimmune it is. Drugs to treat it affect the immune system, and dampen an inappropriate immune response to your muscle. Read more...