|Dermatomyositis is one of a group of diseases called idiopathic inflammatory myopathies. Inflammation occurs in muscles, organs, and tissues. "Myositis" means muscle inflammation. Dermatomyositis is distinguished from other myositis by the presence of an itchy rash on the face, chest, neck, and/or thighs.|
+ symmetric muscle weakness - typically of the proximal muscles
+ skin changes - Gottron's papules, shawl sign, V sign, Heliotrope rash, nail abnormalities, mechanic's hands, scalp
+ lung disease - most commonly in patients with antisynthetase antibodies
+ Antisynthetase syndrome - Anti-Jo-1 antibody (20% of dermatomyositis patients)
+ elevation of creatine kinase (CK) levels
+ muscle inflammation
+ Physical Therapist
+ Creatine kinase (CK) - 1x/month
+ C-Reactive Protein (CRP) - 1x/month
+ Sedimentation Rate (ESR) - 1x/month
+ Aldolase - 1x/month
+ Myosotis Assessor + Jo 1 antibody - initial
METHODS OF HEALING
Exercise 2-3 times per week to encourage muscle strength and flexibility. This may only be possible with the support of a physical therapist at first. Once enough strength has been gained to move more independently, find an activity that allows you accommodate. For example, a yoga class with an instructor who can suggest accommodations, or a cycling class that allows you to adjust resistance.
Include nutritionally dense foods and/or bio-available supplements to ensure your body is getting vitamins and minerals. Some of the things I include in my diet are;
Dandelion Root (ie. Dandy Blend)
Lions Mane mushroom
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