Myositis is a chronic condition that causes inflammation and degeneration of the muscle tissues. There are two common types of the disorder: polymyositis results in weak muscles, while dermatomyositis results in weak muscles accompanied by a rash. In some cases, people are born with the condition because of underlying problems. In other cases, it is triggered later in life.
What Causes Myositis?
Myositis can be caused by various factors. Most often, it goes hand in hand with inflammatory conditions. Health problems like autoimmune disorders can cause the body to attack its own muscle tissues, resulting in this disorder. In other cases, the condition is triggered by injuries. Viral infections such as the common cold can often result in this condition. It can also be a side effect of certain medications, such as statins, Plaquenil, and Colchicine.
What are Symptoms of Myositis?
The most common symptom of myositis is muscle weakness. Muscle weakness is most noticeable when it is difficult to stand or walk for any length of time.
Other symptoms of the disorder include
- General tiredness and fatigue
- Difficulty swallowing and breathing
- Trouble standing from a seated position, reaching up, or climbing up stairs
- Chronic, dry cough
- Rashes on the knuckles, face, chest and back
What are Risk Factors for Developing Myositis?
Anyone who suffers from an autoimmune disorder or a health condition that causes inflammation in the body is more likely to experience myositis. Some of these conditions include rheumatoid arthritis, scleroderma, and lupus.
If you suspect that you or someone you know has myositis, contact Arthritis & Osteoporosis Center of Brazos Valley today.
Fitness enthusiasts may develop temporary bouts of the condition after extreme workouts. Illness, injury, and extended exposure to UV light may trigger attacks. Those who abuse drugs, including alcohol and cocaine, are also more susceptible to developing the disorder. In some cases, the condition is genetic.
Living a healthy, balanced lifestyle that avoids exposure to too much sunlight and recreational drug use can reduce the risk of developing myositis. Individuals who suffer from inflammatory diseases or autoimmune disorders need to do everything possible to manage their conditions effectively. It is important for athletes to get the proper nutrition and avoid putting too much stress on their muscles. For those suffering from the common cold, bed rest is vital to best prevent Myositis from developing.
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