What Is Polymyositis?

By james
Jun 27, 2020
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Polymyositis is a condition that causes the patient to experience considerable loss of muscle strength, in addition to some other unwelcome symptoms. It occurs when the immune system attacks the patients own muscles, and this causes inflammation of those muscles. Thankfully, the condition is rarely life threatening.

However, there is a chance that some patients will never be able to return to their full strength. It is a condition that needs to be treated and anybody experiencing symptoms of the condition should arrange to speak with a medical professional. Polymyositis can also increase the chances of the patient developing other conditions like cancer, osteoporosis, or other autoimmune conditions.

1. Cause

Exactly why polymyositis happens is not at all well understood, although we do know that it is an autoimmune condition. Our immune system is supposed to protect us from illness, and for the large part it does, but an autoimmune condition is where the immune system is actually attacking the patient instead. As is typical for autoimmune conditions, there is no known cure for polymyositis. It can, however, be treated and most people go on to make a partial, if not full, recovery. Still, it is important that the patient gets medical help as soon as possible to limit the damage.


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