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- Muscle weakness
- Muscle pain that increases over time
- Great effort needed to climb stairs
- Trouble rising from a chair
- Difficulty reaching overhead
- Chronic dry cough
- Blood tests
- Muscle biopsy
- Corticosteroids to reduce inflammation
- Topical steroids to treat skin rash
- A regular stretching routine for weakened arms and legs
- Light strengthening as the pain lessens and function returns
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The Myositis Association http://www.myositis.org
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca
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- Reviewer: John C. Keel, MD
- Review Date: 06/2015 -
- Update Date: 06/03/2013 -
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