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What is Myopathy?

Myopathies are diseases that affect skeletal muscles, making a person feel weak. Other possible symptoms are muscle pain, cramps, and stiffness. Myopathies can be caused by genetic defects, metabolic disorders, inflammation, medications, as well as a wide range of diseases.

Who gets Myopathy?

Anyone can get a myopathy. Some develop at an early age, while other types develop later in life.

How is Myopathy diagnosed?

After learning the patient's history, a physician may perform blood tests, an EMG, or a muscle biopsy. Results from these tests may further guide other testing.

How is Myopathy treated?

Treatment depends on the type of myopathy. Please refer to the specific disease.

More information on Myopathy

Alliance of Genetic Support Groups
National Institutes of Health
Muscular Dystrophy Association
The Neurology Channel