How can polymyositis affect my energy level?

Dr. Mehmet Oz, MD
Cardiology (Cardiovascular Disease)
Many people who develop polymyositis complain of shortness of breath and find it difficult to carry on normal daily activities, such as climbing stairs or rising from a chair. Polymyositis occurs when the muscles become inflamed. Polymyositis not only saps you of energy, but leaves you feeling weak, with tender joints and other symptoms.
Suhail Kumar, MD
The inflammatory response, linked to an elevated metabolic state, expends energy. Polymyositis may result in a decrease in energy level due to ongoing systemic inflammation and muscle weakness. Patients with polymyositis will have not only weak muscles but also a generalized feeling of fatigue.

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