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What part of the body does myositis affect?

What part of the body does myositis affect?

Myositis can affect people of any age, including children. The main muscles to be affected are around the shoulders, hips and thighs. Having myositis can also lead to other parts of the body being affected, such as the skin, lungs or heart.

What does myositis pain feel like?

Symptoms of polymyositis muscle weakness. aching or painful muscles and feeling very tired. finding it hard to sit up, or stand after a fall. swallowing problems, or finding it hard to hold your head up.

What does myositis do to your body?

Myositis means inflammation of the muscles that you use to move your body. An injury, infection, or autoimmune disease can cause it. Two specific kinds are polymyositis and dermatomyositis. Polymyositis causes muscle weakness, usually in the muscles closest to the trunk of your body.

Does myositis go away?

Like other rheumatic diseases, myositis is unlikely to go away on its own. But with proper treatment and management these chronic diseases can be brought under control. At present there is no cure for myositis. A person with myositis will need to manage the condition and to adjust to the changes it brings.

How do I know if I have myositis?

Myositis usually begins gradually, but can take a variety of forms. Sometimes the first sign is an unusual rash. Sometimes patients may start to trip or fall more frequently. Other signs include muscle weakness and pain, intense fatigue, and trouble climbing stairs or reaching over the head.

How quickly does myositis progress?

Patients diagnosed with IBM progress to disability usually over a period of years. The older the age of onset is, the faster the loss of strength and mobility. By 15 years, most patients require assistance with basic daily routines, and some become wheelchair- bound or bedridden.

How long do people live with myositis?

More than 95 percent of those with DM, PM, and NM are still alive more than five years after diagnosis. Many experience only one period of acute illness in their lifetime; others struggle with symptoms for years. One of the biggest problems in treating myositis is obtaining an accurate diagnosis.

What are the signs and symptoms of myositis?

Myositis causes a variety of symptoms and affects each person differently. Muscle weakness, muscle pain, uncomfortable-itchy-painful skin rashes, debilitating fatigue, trouble breathing, achy joints, heart arrhythmias, and many other symptoms makes myositis a very complex disease. Myositis is unpredictable.

How is myositis related to the heart muscle?

The heart is a muscle, so just as myositis causes inflammation in other muscles in the body, inflammation can also occur in the heart muscle. Recent research suggests that, in a myositis patient, the process of inflammation in the heart occurs in the same way it does in skeletal muscles.

Can a viral infection cause myositis to go away?

But the symptoms of viral infection may go away days or weeks before myositis symptoms begin. Some people with myositis have muscle pain, but many do not. Most muscle pain is not caused by myositis, but by strain injuries, or ordinary illnesses like colds and flu.

How is myositis a rare autoimmune disease?

Each type of myositis (inflammatory myopathy) is a rare disease. Myositis is an autoimmune disease where the body attacks its own healthy muscle, skin, lungs, and other organ systems, much like it would attack a virus or bacterial infection.