A neuromuscular disorder – Myopathy is characterized by muscle cramps, stiffness and spasms. While you stew veggies in the wok or hunch over work files and never talk, you’d suddenly experience a twitching and a stiffness that might restrain your movements.
Myopathy is an infection or a genetic condition in which the muscle tissues are affected, leading to weakness of the muscle.
Myopathy is either acquired or inherited. Acquired myopathy could be due to dehydration, disorders of the endocrine system, infection, muscle cramps, inflammation of the muscle, myositis or neuron disorders that are usually neuromuscular diseases. Genetic myopathy or inherited myopathy could include genetic conditions like familial periodic paralysis, muscle weakness caused at birth known as congenital myopathies, muscular dystrophy, disease of muscle due to glycogen storage like Pompe’s disease, or myopathy of the mitochondria.
Inflammation or diseases that affect the muscles cause myopathy, and symptoms of the disease differ from person to person, depending on how bad the condition is. Common symptoms associated with myopathy include atrophy, cramping of muscles, inflammation, severe pain, stiffness or rigidity of muscles, paralysis, or weakness.
If the myopathy is advanced, make sure that you get medical help immediately. Some of the symptoms that indicate a serious condition include twitching muscles or cramps in your arms, shoulders or tongue, weakened ankle, leg or feet muscles, difficulty in swallowing your food, weakening on one side of the body, slurred speech, or difficulty in raising your foot and toes. Complications that could arise due to severe cases of myopathy include disability, myalgia or chronic muscle pain, or paralysis.
Controls further progress of disease.
Improves the symptoms of pain, fatigue and mobility.
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