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Inclusion Body Myositis (IBM) is classified as a chronic, degenerative neuromuscular disease in which inflammatory cells invade muscle tissue causing progressive muscle weakness and wasting. IBM differs from other types of Myositis in that there is currently no known effective treatment for the disease.
IBM is known to cause slow, progressive asymmetrical weakness and atrophy of the muscles of the wrists and fingers, muscles in the front of the thigh, and muscles that lift the front of the foot. Patients who have the disease can gradually lose the ability to walk, experience falls and injuries, lose hand function, and have swallowing difficulties. Some patients also experience muscle pain.
The first muscles affected in Inclusion Body Myositis are usually those of the wrists and fingers, and the muscles at the front of the thigh. The muscles that lift the front of the foot also may be affected (see image to the right).
Muscle weakness is often asymmetrical, more prominent on one side than the other.
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March 20, 2018 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Join us March 20th at 12PM for Free Laughter Yoga live online video session with Laughter Yoga instructor, Lynn Lizarraga. Laughter is not only good medicine emotionally, it also works muscles. Join us on the date and time listed and have fun while getting active.
March 24, 2018 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
IBM patients, mark your calendar and join us for this free video support session with Mary Jane on March 24th, 4PM Eastern Time. Share experiences, ask questions, compare notes, and make new friends. This session is tailored to those diagnosed with, or suspected of having, Inclusion Body Myositis.