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Dermatomyositis & Polymyositis Care at Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy:

Empowering Your Journey to Muscle Health

We specialize in providing expert care for autoimmune conditions, including Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis. These conditions involve inflammation of muscle fibers, leading to weakness, fatigue, discomfort, and weight loss. Polymyositis typically affects muscles closest to the trunk of the body and is more commonly observed in women than in men. When accompanied by a skin rash in the affected area, it is termed dermatomyositis.


Understanding Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis

Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis are autoimmune conditions that impact the muscles, disrupting their normal function. The inflammation of muscle fibers can result in varying degrees of weakness and discomfort. These conditions are unique in their manifestations, with dermatomyositis characterized by the presence of a skin rash in addition to muscle inflammation.

Symptoms and Impact

Common symptoms of Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis include:

  • Muscle Weakness

  • Fatigue

  • Discomfort

  • Weight Loss

  • Skin Rash (Dermatomyositis)


These conditions can significantly impact daily life and mobility, necessitating expert care for effective management.

Comprehensive Treatment Approach

At Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy, our approach to Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis care involves a comprehensive treatment plan tailored to your unique needs. Treatment options may include:

  • Corticosteroids: Administered orally or intravenously, corticosteroids are often employed to reduce inflammation and manage symptoms.

  • Immunosuppressive Medications: Medications that suppress the immune system may be recommended to effectively manage autoimmune responses and control muscle inflammation.

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Restoring Strength and Well-Being

In many cases, Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis can become inactive with appropriate treatment, allowing for the gradual restoration of strength to the affected muscles. Dr. Shanahan, with expertise in autoimmune conditions, collaborates closely with patients to create individualized treatment plans for optimal outcomes.

Your Partner in Muscle Health

Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy is dedicated to being your partner in the journey to muscle health. If you are navigating the challenges of Dermatomyositis or Polymyositis, schedule a consultation with Dr. Shanahan. Let us empower you with expert care and support to enhance your well-being and regain control over your life.

Take the step towards muscle health with Shanahan Rheumatology & Immunotherapy—an ally in your quest for optimal living with autoimmune conditions.

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