Myositis Symptoms

What is Myositis?
Myositis is disease which affects the muscles. It causes inflammation and degeneration to the tissues present in the muscles. Connective tissues in the muscles get affected and there form swellings. In short, the myositis is the swelling of muscles.

Women are more affected by myositis than men.

Types of Myositis
Myositis affects both adults and children. It might be applicable to all age groups. It might be the result of weak immune system. This might lead to infections due to bacteria and virus. The injuries and consumption of some medications also lead to myositis.

There are five main categories of myositis. They are:

  • Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies
  • Infectious myositis
  • Benign acute myositis
  • Myositis ossificans
  • Drug-induced myositis

Idiopathic inflammatory myopathies
The cause of inflammation in this type of myositis is not yet defined. One person out of every 100,000 persons is affected by this myositis. There are three types of this myositis. They are:

Dermatomyositis:The symptoms of of this myositis might be visible in an early age. The symptoms might show up before the age of 50.

Polymyositis: This is mostly found in women like dermatomyositis and the symptoms might show up between the age of 50 and 60.

Inclusion body myositis: This is the type of myositis which is found mostly in men. The symptoms might be visible from the age of 60.

Infectious myositis
Infectious myositis mostly affects people common flu or influenza.A parasite kind of particle enter into the muscle tissues and the person gets infected.

Benign acute myositis
The symptoms of this myositis are unbelievable. Because they start quickly by sudden leg pain and make the person partially paralyzed making it difficult to walk.

Myositis ossificans
In this, small lump is formed inside the muscle after a muscle injury.

Drug-induced myositis
Muscle inflammation might be the after effect of taking any medication or a variety of medicines. This is called drug-induced myositis.

Myositis Symptoms
The myositis symptoms are curable through proper rest, diet, medication, exercise and physio therapy.

The primary myositis symptoms are:

  • weakness in muscles
  • Pain in several parts of the body including hips, shoulder, arms and neck
  • Swelling and inflammation which might result in heart failure due to muscle dysfunction
  • Great difficulty to climb the steps
  • Difficulty to lift the hands above the head
  • Trouble in getting up from the pillow
  • Difficulty to take breath and shortness of breath
  • Inflammation in heart muscles
  • Change in color of fingers and toes with tingling sensation
  • Struggle to get up from a chair

6 responses to Myositis Symptoms

  1. It is believed to be a conditon that involves, in theory, the neck and the nerves that exit the neck that form a plexus and then go down the arm.

  2. Myositis is a serious, progressive disease. Anyone who thinks they may have it must see a doctor ASAP so they can be treated. Treatment does not cure this disease, it only eases symptoms. There is no cure for Myositis. Also, Polymyositis usually begins to affect people around the early 20’s.

  3. My wife was diagnosed as having Inclusion Body Myositis through deep muscle biopsy just recently. Over the past few years she has noticed gradual weakness in her legs and arms. She has difficulty climbing and descending stairs and getting up from a chair or the toilet. She has been told that it could eventually put her in a wheelchair. She was about 52 years old when she first noticed something wrong.

    Just recently she fell and broke her ankle which has added further complications to her condition. Tripping and suscepability to falls is another side effect to this disease. She cannot use crutches due to weakened upper body muscles and her remaining weakend leg so she now actually is in a wheelchair, hopefully temporarily…She is just about to start physiotherapy but most therapists (and many Doctors) are not familiar with the condition. My question is, how can they successfully and safely apply physiotherapy to muscles that essentially cannot rejuvenate or regenerate?

  4. I’ve got diagnosed with myositis in 1997 and never ot treated, then in 2006 I looked like the pillsdough boy , I was completely swelled and I could not walk or move . that’s when I got treated for it an to this day I wish I never had it . it gets the best of me . Now I’m always swelled and hard to walk . I have to use a walker and sometimes a wheelchair . My balance isn’t good and I drop things alot more now . I would go on , but I can’t cuz I’ll start to cry .

  5. I was just recently diagnosed with this condition last year along with a lot of other auto immune conditions and it comes and goes you must be treated by a rheumatologists and have a team of doctors because this disease will try to take over your body. You have to bind this condition in the name of Jesus and have faith that you have it it doesn’t have you.

  6. i just got diagnosed with this.. the comments helped me understand a little more about it. I also have fybromiyelsa, athritis…etc. oh mann…

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