Myopathy and Myositis
What Are Myopathy and Myositis?
The word myopathy means "disease of muscle." Myopathies are diseases that cause problems with the muscles that control voluntary movements (muscles you can control). These problems range from stiffness (called myotonia) to weakness. They can be mild, moderate or severe.
Myositis is the term for any one of a group of inflammatory muscle disorders. These almost always cause weakness and can cause muscle swelling and pain.
Symptoms of Myositis
Early symptoms of myositis may include:
- Difficulty getting up from a chair, climbing steps or lifting your arms
- Getting very tired after standing or walking for a while
- Loss of strength throughout the body
Myositis can sometimes cause difficulty swallowing or breathing.