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Myositis

Myositis

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MYOSITIS OVERVIEW

Myositis is the word used to describe a group of muscle diseases caused by inflammation in the muscle tissues.

Normally, electrical signals travel from the brain through the spinal cord and into nerves. From there, the nerve signals are transmitted into muscles, where the signals stimulate the muscle tissue to contract or relax. Along the way, the nerves must be in good working order and the muscles must be able to accept the impulses and generate a response.

Problems can occur...

MYOSITIS OVERVIEW

Myositis is the word used to describe a group of muscle diseases caused by inflammation in the muscle tissues.

Normally, electrical signals travel from the brain through the spinal cord and into nerves. From there, the...

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Vitamins and Supplements

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Although no supplements are approved specifically for treating myositis, physicians and patients have found the following over-the-counter supplements helpful:

Coenzyme Q10 (CoQ10) is a substance very much like a vitamin. It affects the metabolism of energy and also acts as an antioxidant. It is used as a supplement because lowered CoQ10 blood levels are found in some people with muscle diseases. There is a lot of scientific interest in CoQ10. No real side effects have been reported, but it...

Juvenile Dermatomyositis (JDM)

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WHAT IS DERMATOMYOSITIS?
Juvenile dermatomyositis (JDM) is an inflammatory disease of the muscle (myositis), skin and blood vessels that affects about 3 in 1 million children each year. The cause is unknown. The symptoms of JDM include muscle weakness and skin rash.

FAST FACTSPatients with JDM develop weakness in the large muscles around the neck, shoulders and hips. This causes difficulty in climbing stairs, getting into cars, getting up from a chair or off the floor, or...

Medications

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While there is not yet a cure for myositis, for some patients, treatments can effectively control and improve symptoms.

Because there are many different symptoms and possible complications, few controlled patient trials and a wide range of reactions to medicines, each person's treatment for myositis is individual. There are commonly used treatment regimens based on experience and case reports:

Corticosteroids: Prednisone, a corticosteroid medicine, is commonly used as a first-choice...