What are the symptoms of myopathy?

Myopathy causes dysfunction of the muscles due to inflammation or disease and can cause a number of symptoms. The symptoms can vary in intensity among individuals.

Common symptoms of myopathy

You may experience myopathy symptoms daily or just once in a while. At times, any of these muscle symptoms can be severe:

  • Cramping
  • Pain
  • Paralysis
  • Rigidity
  • Stiffness
  • Swelling
  • Wasting (atrophy)
  • Weakness

Symptoms that might indicate a serious condition

In some cases, symptoms of myopathy can signal a serious condition that should be immediately evaluated in an emergency setting. Seek immediate medical care (call 911) if you, or someone you are with, have any of these serious symptoms including:

  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Muscle twitching or cramps in tongue, shoulders or arms
  • Muscle weakness in ankles, feet or legs
  • Slurred speech
  • Sudden weakness on one side of the body
  • Trouble raising the toes and foot
INTRODUCTION

What is myopathy?

Myopathy refers to any disease that affects muscle tissue. Diseases of the muscle result in weakness, inflammation, tetany (spasms), or paralysis. Myopathy can be the result of either inherited or acquired causes.

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CAUSES

What causes myopathy?

Myopathy refers to any disease that affects the muscle tissue. Diseases of the muscle result in weakness, inflammation, tetany (spasms), or paralysis. Myopathy can be the result of either inherited or acquired causes.

Inherited causes of myopathy

Myopathy may be due to genetic conditions. Examples of some genetic conditions that result in myopathy include:

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TREATMENTS

How is myopathy treated?

Treatment for myopathy begins with seeking medical care from your health care provider. To determine whether you have myopathy, your health care provider will ask you questions and ask you to undergo diagnostic testing. It is important to follow your treatment plan for myopathy precisely and to take all of the medications as instructed.

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Medical Reviewer: Cynthia Haines, MD Last Annual Review Date: Aug 7, 2013 Copyright: © Copyright 2014 Health Grades, Inc. All rights reserved. May not be reproduced or reprinted without permission from Health Grades, Inc. Use of this information is governed by the HealthGrades User Agreement.

This Article is Filed Under: Bones, Joints and Muscles


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