Natural Treatments for Myositis

Natural Treatments for Myositis

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by Dr. Craig A. Maxwell

Myositis is a medical term for inflammation of the muscles. Although this condition affects approximately 50,000 Americans, it can be difficult to diagnose. This is because it mimics the symptoms of fibromyalgia, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, and multiple sclerosis. Myositis can occur by itself or in conjunction with other autoimmune and connective tissue disorders.


Common Types of Myositis


There are four common types of myositis:


  • Myositis Ossificans


Myositis ossificans often occurs as a result of a sports-related muscle injury. After a contusion or strain, bone begins to grow inside the muscle, resulting in tenderness, muscle weakness, stiff muscles, swelling, and loss of range of motion in the affected muscles.


  • Infectious Myositis


Infectious myositis develops as a result of infection in a muscle, or muscles. This can be caused by viruses, bacteria, fungi, or parasites. Infectious myositis often requires medication to kill the infection, as well as surgical drainage should an abscess form.


  • Autoimmune Myositis


Autoimmune myositis occurs when the immune system mistakenly attacks healthy muscle tissue and destroys it. This can occur after an acute injury or a bout of infection. Dermatomyositis and Polymyositis are two examples autoimmune myositis which are believed to be triggered by an acute injury or infection.


  • Drug-Induced Myositis


According to research conducted by Johns Hopkins Medicine1, statin drugs can cause your immune system to attack its own proteins, often causing myalgia (muscle pain/soreness) and, less often, myositis.


Symptoms of Autoimmune Myositis


The most common symptoms of autoimmune myositis are:


  • Muscle pain and soreness
  • Difficulty standing from a sitting position
  • Trouble reaching arms into the air
  • Swallowing and/or breathing difficulty
  • Persistent dry cough
  • Rash on the knuckles, hands, and around the eyes (dermatomyositis)
  • General fatigue and malaise


Natural Treatments for Myositis


  1. Removal of Statin Drugs


If you’re currently taking a statin drug and are experiencing muscle soreness or pain, talk with your doctor about weaning off the medication. Oftentimes, drug-induced myalgia/myositis will correct itself once the cause has been removed.


  1. Anti-Inflammatory Diet for Autoimmune Myositis


When you’re living with an autoimmune disease, an anti-inflammatory diet is of the utmost importance. Slowly wean off junk food and trade it in for organic produce, nuts, seeds, grass-fed beef, organic poultry, wild-caught fish, eggs, and healthy fats like butter, avocado, coconut oil, and olive oil.


In addition, garlic, onions, turmeric, ginger, and cayenne pepper all help provide soothing relief from inflammation.


  1. Healing Supplements


  • CoQ10


According to a study published by The Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine2, CoQ10 (ubiquinone) can be helpful in treating the symptoms of myositis.


Statin drugs lower CoQ10 levels. In my opinion, those taking a statin drug should begin a CoQ10 supplement. If over age 30, take the form of CoQ10 known as ubiquinol.


  • Creatine


A study conducted in the Journal of Arthritis and Rheumatism3, oral creatine supplements combined with physical therapy improved functional performance without the side effects of corticosteroids and narcotic pain relievers.


  • Probiotics


The Journal of Clinical Nutrition published a study4 that revealed probiotics modulate the immune response and augment the natural killer activity and T-cell functions of host immune cells. This makes them effective in the treatment of autoimmune disease.


Diamond Nutritional’s Probiotic Formula contains a count of 22 million colony forming units without any additives or preservatives. It is a complete formula that contains lactobacillus acidophilus, lactobacillus paracasei, bifidobacterium lactis, bifidobacterium bifidum, lactobacillus plantarum, lactobacillus rhamnosus, saccharomyces boulardii.


  • Herbal Anti-Inflammatory


Diamond Nutritional’s Inflamments Formula is a popular supplement among chronic pain sufferers because it offers superior anti-inflammatory benefits without the potentially-dangerous side effects of many prescription drugs.


This formula contains a synergistic blend of 4 powerful natural pain-relievers that stabilize your overactive immune system and encourage your body to heal itself.


These ingredients are:


  • Skullcap Root Extract


Skullcap root extract is a powerful antioxidant that inhibits prostaglandin 2, without interfering with normal gastrointestinal function. In addition to providing pain relief, skullcap root extract eases the anxiety and muscle tension associated with chronic pain.


  • Bee Propolis Extract


Bee propolis extract contains caffeic acid phenethyl ester (CAPE), which acts as an anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and immune booster.


  • Turmeric Root Extract


The pharmacologically active component of turmeric, curcumin, limits the action of lipoxygenase and cyclooxygenase impeding enzymes in inflammatory pathways. Taken in conjunction with skullcap root and bee propolis, this simple kitchen spice offers a powerhouse of healing pain relief.

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Note: While some manufacturers use unstandardized turmeric with fluctuating levels of curcumin, our formula includes 850 milligrams of standardized turmeric, guaranteed to contain 95% curcumin!


  • Graminex G-60

Graminex G60 pollen extract is a source of 10 essential amino acids, non-essential amino acids, and antioxidants. Laboratory studies have shown that Graminex G60 provides anti-inflammatory properties while relaxing smooth muscles and easing chronic tension and pain.


Myositis can have a significant impact on your quality of life if left untreated. The natural treatments mentioned above can help you achieve remission and lasting relief.


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Dr. Maxwell is Board Certified in Family Medicine, Integrative Medicine and Osteopathic Medicine. He is one of a small number of physicians nationwide to attain, and maintain, certification in three medical specialties.


  1. I’ve suffered from myositis for over 15 years and my doctor just put me on statins! I never knew the connection! Thank you for this article. I’m going to talk to him about the cholesterol meds in the morning. *smh* You would think your doctor would know better.

    • Hello Olivia,

      Thank you for your comment. I’m glad you found the article helpful and that you’re going to talk with your doctor about the statins. If you already have chronic muscle pain, they aren’t likely the best choice for you. Please get in touch if there’s anything I can do to help you.

      Please give me a call at 513-741-4404 if I can be of assistance.

      Warmest Regards,

      Dr. Maxwell

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