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What myositis does Samantha Prabhu suffer from?


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Samantha Ruth Prabhu shared a photo of herself on Instagram sitting on a couch with an IV connected to her wrist

Actress Samantha Ruth Prabhu revealed in a recent Instagram post that she was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called myositis, which causes weakening of the muscles.

Sharing her photo of herself sitting on a couch with an IV drip hooked up to her wrist, Samantha wrote of the “seemingly endless challenges” in her life.

“A few months ago I was diagnosed with an autoimmune disease called myositis. I was hoping to share this after it went into remission. But it is taking a little longer than I expected,” she wrote in the post.

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The actor said doctors were confident she would make a full recovery very soon.

What is myositis?

Myositis is the general description of a group of rare conditions characterized by weak, sore, or sore muscles. It is caused by a problem with the immune system, where it mistakenly attacks healthy tissue.

Myositis can be difficult to diagnose although symptoms may come on quickly or gradually over time.

A person with the condition may experience muscle aches and pains, difficulty swallowing, fatigue, and difficulty breathing.

A person with myositis may stumble or fall a lot or feel tired after walking or standing.

Types of myositis

Myositis can be of different types.

Polymyositis affects the muscles, especially the muscles of the hips, shoulders and thighs. This type of disease is common in women and people between the ages of 30 and 60.

Dermatomyositis is another type of myositis that can affect the muscles and cause rashes. Although more common in women, dermatomyositis can also affect children.

Inclusion body myositis (IBM) affects the muscles of the thigh, the muscles of the forearm, and the muscles below the knee. It can also lead to a swallowing problem. This type of myositis is more common in men.

Treatment

Treatment for all types of myositis includes exercise and physical therapy. Exercise helps reduce swelling and restore muscle strength in addition to giving the person more energy.

For the inclusion of body myositis, exercise and physiotherapy are the only treatment. However, those with severe myositis symptoms should avoid exercising during this time.

Doctors also prescribe steroids to treat polymyositis and dermatomyositis because they help reduce swelling and relieve muscle pain quickly.


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