Symptoms of Polymyositis

May 31, 2011 No Comments by

Symptoms of polymyositis typically will develop over time.  This condition is a rare connective tissue disorder and can challenge daily living tasks for those who have it.  We have helped many people who suffer from polymyositis that require Social Security disability benefits.

The video above is a great example of the struggles that some people with polymyositis go through just to get a diagnosis of the disorder. The Mayo Clinic describes the signs and symptoms of polymyositis as follows:

Signs and symptoms of polymyositis usually appear gradually, so it may be difficult to pinpoint when they first started. They may also fluctuate from week to week or month to month.

Progressive muscle weakness is the most common polymyositis symptom. It typically affects the muscles closest to the trunk, such as those in your hips, thighs, shoulders, upper arms and neck. The weakness is symmetrical, affecting both the left and right sides of your body, and tends to gradually worsen.

Although the muscle weakness starts subtly, after it progresses over the course of the disease it can make it difficult for you to climb stairs, rise from a seated position, lift objects or reach overhead.

Other polymyositis signs and symptoms include:

Difficulty swallowing (dysphagia)

Difficulty speaking

Mild joint or muscle tenderness


Shortness of breath

via Polymyositis: Symptoms –

If you are considering filing for Social Security disability benefits, please know that we have assisted many people who suffer from polymyositis win their SSDI and SSI disability claims.  Our experienced attorneys focus solely on Social Security Disability Law day in and day out.  If we can answer any questions for you, or if you would like a case evaluation at no cost to you, feel free to give us a call at 1-866-425-5347 or fill out the form to your right, and we will give you a call shortly.

We hope to be able to assist you as well. Remember, we have helped people with this diagnosis who suffer the many symptoms of polymyositis.

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Jennifer is a 1995 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a 2000 graduate of Mercer University’s Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia. She began practicing law with Legal Aid of North Carolina, working in both the Pembroke and Fayetteville offices. She joined the Charles T. Hall Law Firm in 2008 to focus solely on disability case work. She is a member of the North Carolina Advocate’s for Justice Disability Advocacy Section and serves as the Continuing Legal Education Co-Chair on the Executive Committee.