Polymyositis

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What is polymyositis?

Polymyositis is a type of chronic inflammatory condition. Polymyositis causes muscle weakness, usually in the muscles closest to the trunk of your body. The cause of polymyositis is unknown and may involve multiple factors, perhaps related to autoimmune factors, genetics, and viruses.

Common symptoms reported by people with polymyositis

Common symptoms
How bad it is
What people are taking for it

Reports may be affected by other conditions and/or medication side effects. We ask about general symptoms (anxious mood, depressed mood, insomnia, fatigue, and pain) regardless of condition.
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Treatments taken by people with polymyositis

Treatment name(s)
Type
How many have tried
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
4
Tried for
polymyositis (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
2
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Type
Over the Counter Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
polymyositis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marinol)
Type
Prescription Drug
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Type
Procedures
How many have tried
1
Tried for
Pain (1)

Data from patients with polymyositis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Compare treatments taken by people with polymyositis

Treatment name(s)
Perceived effectiveness
Side effects
Total evaluations
Tried for
Treatment name(s)

(Deltasone)
Perceived effectiveness
for polymyositis (2 evaluations)
Side effects
Abdominal fat increased Acid reflux 11 more
Total evaluations
2
Tried for
polymyositis (4)
Treatment name(s)

(Percocet)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (2)
Treatment name(s)

(Tylenol)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Abilify)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Imuran)
Perceived effectiveness
for polymyositis (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Mouth sores (ulcers)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
polymyositis (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Klonopin)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Anxious mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Voltaren Gel)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Itchy rash
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Depakote)
Perceived effectiveness
No evaluations
Side effects
No evaluations
Total evaluations
0
Tried for
Depressed mood (1)
Treatment name(s)

(Marinol)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (3 evaluations)
Side effects
Diarrhea Excess saliva 1 more
Total evaluations
3
Tried for
Pain (1)
Perceived effectiveness
for Pain (1 evaluation)
Side effects
Nerve pain (neuralgia)
Total evaluations
1
Tried for
Pain (1)
  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell
  • Severe
  • Moderate
  • Mild
  • None

Data from patients with polymyositis, who reported starting treatments within the last 5 years.
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Who has polymyositis on PatientsLikeMe?


Age
Age Proportion # of patients
<20 0
20s 4
30s 12
40s 28
50s 40
60s 30
70+ 4
Age at first symptom
Age at first symptom Proportion # of patients
0-19 years 5
20-29 years 9
30-39 years 13
40-49 years 15
50-59 years 10
60-69 years 6
70+ years 1

Sex

Distribution of sex

84% Female
16% Male

Diagnosis status
Diagnosis status Proportion # of patients
Diagnosed 71
Not Diagnosed 5

These charts show data from polymyositis patients who have completed their condition history
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