Myositis Complications

Complications of Myositis

Myositis, as with most autoimmune diseases,  is a complex illness where each patient presents differently and where most patients never experience the same symptoms or presentation of the illness.

There are some distinct complications with Myositis to watch for and some that are not listed here because the list can include so many things. Whether it is heart, gastrointestinal, or lung, some complications are more serious than others.  We ask that you please contact your doctor as soon as you begin experiencing symptoms that are new for you.


Dysphagia means trouble swallowing. Learn more about Dysphagia, general tips, treatment approaches, and how a Speech Therapist may help.  This can be a dangerous complication with choking and aspiration pneumonia.

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Myositis-Cancer Connection

There are increased risks of cancer with Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis. Learn more about cancer and Myositis, and how cancer screenings may help to catch anything early on to avoid severe complications.

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Interstitial Lung Disease

Interstitial Lung Disease (ILD) is a broad term used to describe a variety of conditions characterized by the scarring of lung tissue. Learn more about ILD and the anti-JO 1 antibody.

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What is Raynaud's Phenomenon?


Those with Raynaud’s Phenomenon may experience numbness, tingling, prickling,
and/or painful sensations and can see color changes in the skin; mainly in the hands and feet.

Learn more about Raynaud's Phenomenon

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Campaign for Myositis Awareness Month, May 2017

Purchasing a shirt from this booster will help us, Myositis Support and Understanding, with our many patient support programs, education, financial assistance for patients and upcoming programs.

This year, 2017, Myositis Support and Understanding’s awareness month theme is “Sometimes Zebras have spots!” We want to raise awareness about how the experiences, symptoms, and complications of this rare disease are different, even among the patients with the same disease. Doctors are now trained, when you hear hoof beats, look for zebras (rarities), instead of horses (common ailments); when in the past, they only looked for the most common ailments.


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