Polymyositis

Polymyositis is a chronic and difficult disease condition calling for long-term planning treatment. As the name suggests, it is poly=many, myco=muscles, sitis=inflammation. That is, a disease condition where many muscles get inflamed. It is similar to another condition called dermatomyositis, where skin is also involved.

Causes of Polymyositis:

The exact cause behind Polymyositis is not yet known. However, it falls in the category of auto-immune disease. It is also suspected to have some genetic links. Certain infections such as virus, parasites (protozoa), Lyme disease, etc. might trigger Polymyositis.

How is Polymyositis diagnosed?

Clinical diagnosis supported by one or more of the following investigations would help to confirm the diagnosis of Polymyositis:

  • High blood levels certain enzyme called CPK (Creatine Phospho-Kinase)
  • Muscle biopsy
  • Electromyogram

Treatment of Polymyositis:

Conventional treatment: There is hardly any treatment except the use of cortisone and immunosuppressive medicines used conventionally. Also, physiotherapy and such supportive measures are useful.

Homeopathic treatment for Polymyositis:

Experience suggests that homeopathy has reasonably good treatment to offer for Polymyositis, which works at two levels:

  • Controls further progress of disease
  • Improves the symptoms of pain, fatigue and mobility

Cases treated at Life Force are suggestive of definite contribution in the treatment of Polymyositis, where patients have documented improvement without use of cortisone. Homeopathy may not cure the Polymyositis but even if improvement as stated above is considered significant for a disease such as this. Homeopathy is strongly suggested for Polymyositis.