(Idiopathic Inflammatory Myopathy)
Skin changes such as:
- Violet-colored, bumpy, or scaly skin rash, especially around the eyes, upper back, elbows, or knuckles
- Itching, especially the scalp
- Sensitivity to sunlight
- Nail changes
- Skin nodules
problems such as:
- Weakness especially in hips, thighs, arms or neck
- Aching pain in legs, shoulder, arm, or neck
- Tender muscles
- Difficulty swallowing and speaking
- Aching and color changes in fingers, especially in cold temperatures
- Joint pain
- Shortness of breath
- Blood tests
- Muscle biopsy
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- Strength and flexibility exercises
- Guidelines for a general exercise program
- Tips to modify day to day activities if muscle weakness is affecting them
Intravenous Immune Globulin
The Myositis Association http://www.myositis.org
National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke http://www.ninds.nih.gov
The Arthritis Society http://www.arthritis.ca
Muscular Dystrophy Canada http://www.muscle.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 08/2013 -
- Update Date: 05/11/2013 -
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