Types of Myositis

Myositis usually begins gradually, but can take a variety of forms. Sometimes the first sign is an unusual rash. Sometimes patients may start to trip or fall more frequently. Other signs include muscle weakness and pain, intense fatigue, and trouble climbing stairs or reaching over the head. Frequently, patients explain these symptoms away as signs of “getting old.” But myositis is a very real and often serious condition that needs to be taken seriously.

Types of Myositis

There are a few different forms of myositis. Review each of the myositis conditions below to learn the differences and similarities among the different types.

Sporadic Inclusion Body Myositis

The most common form of myositis, sporadic inclusion body myositis (sIBM), is typically found in people over 50. Symptoms are slow to progress and include difficulty walking or climbing stairs.

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