Myopathy

The myopathies are neuromuscular disorders in which the primary symptom is muscle weakness due to dysfunction of muscle fiber. Myopathies can be inherited (such as the muscular dystrophies) or acquired (such as common muscle cramps).

Symptoms:

  • Aching
  • Cramping
  • Pain
  • Stiffness
  • Tenderness
  • Tightness

Initially, individuals may feel fatigued doing very light physical activity. Walking and climbing stairs may be difficult because of weakness in the pelvic and leg muscles that stabilize the trunk. Patients often find it difficult to rise from a chair. As the myopathy progresses, there may be muscle wasting.

Treatment

  • Drug therapy
  • Physical therapy
  • Bracing for support
  • Surgery
  • Acupuncture