Polymyositis is a type of inflammatory myopathy that causes muscle inflammation and leads to muscle weakness on both sides of the body. Homeopathy for polymyositis can be used along with conventional treatment to improve muscle function, muscle strength, and reducing muscle pain.
The exact reason behind it is still unknown. However it is thought to be an autoimmune disease (autoimmune means where the immune cells attack the body’s own healthy tissue and damage it out of a mistake). People having certain diseases are at risk of developing this condition. It firstly includes rheumatoid arthritis (an autoimmune chronic inflammatory disorder that primarily causes joint inflammation but may also affect other organs). The second example is lupus (an autoimmune disease that causes inflammation in various body systems including joints, skin, heart, lungs, kidneys, blood cells, brain). Next is scleroderma (a rare disease that leads to hardening and tightening of the skin and connective tissues). Others are Sjogren’s syndrome (an autoimmune disorder having two most common symptoms that includes dry eyes and a dry mouth) and HIV. This condition is usually diagnosed between the ages of 30 to 60 years. Women are more often affected with this condition as compared to men.
- 1 Symptoms
- 2 Complications
- 3 Homeopathy for Polymyositis
- 3.1 Arnica – For Weak Neck Muscle
- 3.2 Rhus Tox – To Manage Muscle Pain
- 3.3 Causticum – For Limb Weakness
- 3.4 Gelsemium – For Muscle Weakness and Pain
- 3.5 Bryonia Alba – For Weakness and Pain in Neck
- 3.6 Stannum Met – For Weakness of Thighs, Upper Arms and Neck
- 3.7 Phosphorus – For Weakness in Upper Arms
- 3.8 Belladonna – For Upper Arm and Thigh Pain
- 3.9 Calcarea Carb – For Pain and Weakness in Thigh Muscles
- 3.10 Aesculus – For Weakness in Back of the Neck
The symptoms in this condition result from inflamed muscles.
Its main symptom is muscle weakness that worsens gradually. The muscles commonly involved are those nearest to the trunk of the body as of thighs, hips, neck, upper back, shoulders and upper arms. The weakness occurs on both sides of the body. Person with it may have difficulty in going upstairs, rising from a chair or lifting arms, lifting objects. In some cases pain and tenderness in areas of muscle weakness may be present. As the disease progresses there may be wasting (atrophy) of the muscles. Other than above there may be fatigue, weight loss, fever, joint pain and raynaud’s phenomenon (a condition that causes coldness and discolouration of fingers on exposure to cold temperature). As the disease progresses, in some cases the muscles located away from the trunk of the body may also get affected.
Its first complication is difficulty swallowing if muscles of esophagus are affected. Next complication is breathing trouble if the muscles of the chest are involved. Lastly it may result in aspiration pneumonia (in case of difficulty swallowing the food or liquids may get into lungs leading to pneumonia) and respiratory failure. Some other conditions that can be associated with it are cardiovascular disease (it includes inflammation of muscular walls of heart called myocarditis, congestive heart failure and arrhythmias) and interstitial lung disease (it causes scarring of lung tissue leading to stiffness of lungs). People with polymyositis are at risk of osteoporosis, autoimmune conditions and cancer.
Homeopathy for Polymyositis
Homeopathic medicines offer good supportive help to manage symptoms in cases of polymyositis. These medicines can be used along with conventional treatment for improving muscle strength, muscle function and reducing muscle pain. These medicines help by moderating the overactive immune system which is causing muscle inflammation and its resulting symptoms. These medicines are recommended when the symptoms are mild to moderate in intensity and no complications are present. But in severe cases or where some heart related or lung related issue is there, cancer is associated or any sort of complications are present then it is strictly advisable to take help from conventional mode of treatment. Homeopathy has a limitation in treating such cases.
Arnica – For Weak Neck Muscle
It is a natural medicine prepared from a plant named Arnica Montana having the common name Leopard’s – bane or fall kraut. It belongs to family compositae. It is a great medicine for cases where muscles are inflamed and mainly neck muscles are weak. With this pain is also there in neck muscles as if bruised. Soreness, lame feeling in the limbs is another guiding feature for using it. Pain in limbs and back also calls for its use. Here it feels as if the back and limbs are bruised and beaten.
Rhus Tox – To Manage Muscle Pain
This medicine is very suitable to manage muscle pain in these cases. Firstly it is well indicated to manage pain in shoulders and also for pain between the shoulders. Secondly it is helpful for constrictive pain in dorsal muscles. This worsens while sitting and bending forward where it is required. With this there may be painful tension between shoulder blades. Heavy weight like pressure on shoulders is another attending symptom. In some cases the arms feel lame. Thirdly it is useful for managing tearing or drawing type of pain in the hip that extends to the knee.
Causticum – For Limb Weakness
It is one of the most effective medicines for managing cases having progressive loss of muscle strength. It offers benefits where limbs feel heavy and weak. With this drawing, bruised and tearing pain in thighs can be present. Persons needing it feel soreness in the hips and thighs on the side laid upon that necessitate the need to turn over to the other side. Tearing pain in the neck and shoulder blades is also indicative of using this medicine.
Gelsemium – For Muscle Weakness and Pain
This medicine is prepared from the bark of the root of plant Gelsemium Sempervirens commonly known as yellow jasmine. This plant belongs to family loganiaceae. It is a well indicated medicine for managing muscle weakness and pain. The weakness is present in limbs where it is indicated. The muscle pain is deep seated in cases needing it. There is aching, tiredness and soreness in the muscles. Muscle ache occurs from over exertion. There is deep seated pain in muscles of hips and bruised pain in the muscles of the neck for using it. Shoulder pain especially at night is also indicative of using it. Lastly there is drawing, contracting pain from thighs into toes. this gets worse when from motion or when walking. This is accompanied with great soreness of thighs.
Bryonia Alba – For Weakness and Pain in Neck
It is a natural medicine prepared from a plant named Bryonia alba or wild hops. This plant belongs to family cucurbitaceae. This medicine is well indicated for cases having weakness and pain in nape of neck together. Other than this it is a great medicine for cases having dull stitching pain in the upper back between scapula. Another indication to use it is great weakness of the thighs that cause difficulty in going upstairs. In some cases needing it there is stitching pain in the hips. Lastly it is useful for managing lame and bruised sensation mainly in the right hip in morning time.
Stannum Met – For Weakness of Thighs, Upper Arms and Neck
This medicine is prominent to manage weakness and heaviness in thighs. The weakness is marked when going downstairs. Next, it is highly valuable for managing weakness of the upper arms. In such cases the arms become fatigued easily from slight exercise. Weakness in the arms is also felt even from holding light weight that too for a short time. Other than above it is also significant to manage weakness in the nape of the neck.
Phosphorus – For Weakness in Upper Arms
Use of this medicine is considered in cases in which weakness in upper arms is present. Along with this drawing pan in the muscles of shoulder and upper arm accompanies. In some cases, severe pains in the muscles of the right shoulder are present, and they extend to the elbow. Apart from above it is also used in cases where weakness and heaviness in the lower limbs is present. This is most marked when going upstairs.
Belladonna – For Upper Arm and Thigh Pain
This medicine is prepared from plant deadly nightshade. This plant belongs to family solanaceae. It is beneficial to manage pain in upper arm and thigh. Persons needing it also feel drawing, tearing, heaviness and pressure in the upper arms. Sometimes they have bruised pain in the upper arm. Next they may have pain in thighs as if it is beaten. Lastly they can have cutting or stitching pain in thigh mainly right side when sitting.
Calcarea Carb – For Pain and Weakness in Thigh Muscles
It is a suitable medicine for managing cases of pain and weakness in the thigh muscles. For using it the weariness of muscles is felt in the morning on beginning to walk. This is attended with pain in the middle of thighs as if beaten when going upstairs. This pain may also be felt in the upper arms. Along with above symptoms there may be loss of muscle mass in thighs.
Aesculus – For Weakness in Back of the Neck
This medicine is prepared from the kernel of a plant named as Aesculus Hippocastanum commonly known as horse – chestnut. This plant belongs to the family sapindaceae. It is indicated for cases in which lameness and weakness in the back of the neck is present. In cases needing it pain in neck and between the shoulder blades is also there. Sometimes there is pricking sensation in the neck and shoulders.