It has been over 13 years since Jerry Williams, president of MSU, was diagnosed with Polymyositis, sometimes simply referred...
Polymyositis (PM) is thought to be an autoimmune disease where inflammation resulting in cell damage is created when the immune system attacks healthy muscle tissue.
Muscle weakness can develop over a period of days, weeks, or months, is typically symmetrical (both sides of the body), and affects proximal muscles (muscles which are closest to the body’s core), such as the quadriceps, hip flexors, neck, and deltoid muscles. It affects and weakens the skeletal muscles, those involved with voluntary movement. This weakness often leads to difficulty climbing stairs, rising from a chair or the floor, turning in bed, lifting, styling hair, or reaching over the head for something like an item on a shelf. Some people also have problems swallowing, a disorder called “Dysphagia.” Muscle pain (myalgia) and joint pain, with or without true arthritis and joint inflammation, can also be a part of PM.
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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.