Myositis: Famous actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu joined a league of popular icons to share their health condition as she made a social media post on how she was recovering from myositis, which is an auto-immune condition. She confirmed that the condition had been detected a few months ago.
What is Myositis?
Myositis disease refers to the inflammation of the muscle. It is basically an autoimmune disorder where the immunity of the body can injure a muscle from outside or get inflamed. During the initial stages, the person has difficulty walking but more than that, there is difficulty in getting up from the sitting position. Patients may not able to raise their elbows. If not treated in time, it can also involve other muscles in your body. The disease can also affect the respiratory system and can lead to breathing problems also.
Myositis is of two to three types. If the skin is involved then it is called dermato-myositis where the symptoms are associated with skin rashes. The second one is only associated with the muscles and the third type is called IBM (Inclusion Body Myositis), which affects thigh muscles, and forearm muscles.
What causes Myositis
Basically, even a common viral infection, commonly called cough and cold, can trigger some kinds of myositis. Some cardiovascular drugs and certain bacteria can trigger muscle myositis. Over-alcohol consumption and cocaine intake can trigger this condition.
Ways to prevent it
There are no prevention methods for Myositis. It is an autoimmune disorder where the actual cause is not clear, hence, it is impossible to prevent this condition. The only preventive practice one could take is to avoid cocaine and alcohol consumption.
Can it be treated?
This disease condition is possible to treat. Usually, steroids are given as the first line of treatment. This can work and the patient is able to recover in just a few days. In cases of emergency, where the patient experiences major breathing issues, then steroid therapy is given. If the patient still has not recovered then he/she will be given IVIG (Intravenous Immune Globulin) therapy.