Any form of myositis can greatly vary from patient to patient though there are cases where they could be identical and follow the same pattern. Being a rare disease, some individuals may have the disease for months or years before being noticed. Majority find within weeks that they have developed muscular weakness accompanied by server pain and muscle tenderness. Hips and shoulder muscles are usually the first ones to be affected. The weakness results in difficulties in walking, lifting arms, getting up from sitting and lying positions respectively. Other difficulties that one experiences are to do with swallowing and ones voice may become nasal in quality. The neck muscles are also affected and this is the main reason why it becomes difficulty to raise the head when in a lying position. Swelling is also experienced and purple butterfly marks in the nose area linking both eyes are some of the things that are evident.
NOTE: It is Recommended that you see a rhumatologist or a neurologist for clear and concise diagnostic.
In general, the main symptoms of these diseases are muscular weakness which may be progressive and can be severely disabling /crippling.
Myositis. Is simply the Inflammation of the muscle tissue.
It can be explained further as a connective tissue and autoimmune disease whereby ones own body immune system makes antibodies for protection against viruses, bacteria and other foreign bodies known as antigens. In myositis, the immune system is an able to differentiate between antigens and its own cells and tissues resulting to the immune system making auto-antibodies that are directed against its own cells and tissues. The auto-antibodies in the cells and tissues is what causes inflammation, pain and muscle damage. But over and above, the cause of myositis is still unknown and as yet there is no cure for the disease. Therefore, patients with either of the myositis need constant physiotherapy to prevent muscle shrinkage and to keep them mobile. Myositis affects individuals differently.