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I was just diagnosed with Polymyocitis, what is it and how is it treated

By Anonymous February 18, 2010 - 8:21am
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Hi Anon - Polymyositis is a progressive disease of the muscles. It usually affects the muscles closest to the trunk of the body (called proximal muscles), but it may affect muscles anywhere in the body. These muscles become inflamed or swollen and cause discomfort. The disease starts slowly, and if untreated, gradually the muscles become weaker and weaker and pain in the muscles increases.

There is no cure for polymyositis, but treatment can improve your muscle strength and function. Talk with your doctor about the best treatment plan for you. Treatment options include the following:

* Corticosteroids—These medications, taken orally, reduce inflammation of the muscles. These are often the first medications doctors use to treat the symptoms of polymyositis.
* Immunosuppressants—nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDS)
* Exercise—exercising your muscles is essential, which includes a regular stretching routine for muscles in weakened arms and legs. Light strengthening exercises can be done as the pain lessens and function returns.
o Physical therapy may be recommended by your physician to prevent permanent muscle damage.
o Your doctor may also suggest whirlpool baths, heat, and massages for treating muscles.
* Rest—to manage your condition, it is important to get enough rest by taking frequent breaks and limiting your activity.

You can learn more about this condition from the EmpowHER reference page on
Polymyositis : http://www.empowher.com/media/reference/polymyositis#causes

and in the following article:

If you have additional questions after you read this information just let us know.
Take care, Pat

February 18, 2010 - 2:26pm
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