The term "myositis" refers to inflammation of the muscles. Patients with myositis can have muscle weakness, pain, achiness or cramps. Symptoms may start slowly or abruptly. Blood work can effectively detect muscle inflammation and sometimes reveals the cause. Biopsy of part of a thigh muscle is often needed to definitively establish the type of myositis present. Causes include overactivation of the immune system, thyroid disease, medications and inherited disorders. Some people can normally have elevated muscle enzymes in their blood. Myositis should be differentiated from a condition called rhabdomyolysis which can result from medications, infections and dehydration. Inflammatory myopathies such as polymyositis and dermatomyositis need to be treated aggressively with medications that suppress the inflammation. Some patients on statin therapy for high cholesterol can develop a myositis that persists long after the medication is discontinued. In these cases they require treatment with a medication to stop the inflammation.
Choosing Your San Antonio Myositis Specialist
It's not easy selecting the right doctor who will take the time to understand your particular needs so that they can better help you understand your condition and its treatment. So it is imperative that you ask the right questions:
- Does your specialist have first-hand experience at serving those most affected by Myositis?
- Is your specialist recognized and respected by her peers as an active patient advocate?
- Is your specialist board certified in both Rheumatology and Internal Medicine?
Dr. Chelsea Clinton has a positive answer for each of these questions. Dr. Clinton's biography attests to her dedication. Inspired by the world-class rheumatologists she worked with at The University of Texas Medical School, Dr. Clinton has dedicated her career to patients who suffer from rheumatologic conditions.
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