Autoimmune diseases occur when the body's own immune system attacks itself. In the case of myositis, the immune system attacks healthy muscle tissue, causing inflammation, swelling, pain, and eventually weakness. Autoimmune disorders of muscles, joints, and nerves include polymyalgia rheumatica, rheumatoid arthritis, and multiple sclerosis. Fibromyalgia is also often classified among these disorders, although it has not yet been officially classified as an autoimmune disorder.
This autoimmune disorder affects joints and causes swelling and pain. Over time, inflammation can damage your cartilage and bones, and you can't move them either. Rheumatoid arthritis can also cause heart and lung problems. Medications can help relieve symptoms and delay the disease.
A number of autoimmune diseases can cause joint pain and other symptoms similar to those of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). These diseases often include lupus, systemic scleroderma, and polymyalgia rheumatica. Common complications include heart disease, mood disorders, nerve damage, blood clots, and organ damage. While these medications don't directly relieve pain, you tend to experience less inflammatory pain when your autoimmune disorder is better controlled.
This can cause joint pain, stiffness, swelling, and warmth, especially in the joints of the hands and knees. That said, it's not entirely clear what benefit these injections actually provide for joint pain. Myasthenia gravis occurs when the immune system produces antibodies that attack proteins that facilitate communication between nerves and muscles. There may be some pain when the needle is inserted into the joint for the injection, but people generally tolerate these injections well.
Exercise and physical therapy offer many benefits to people with chronic health problems and can help relieve muscle pain or back pain caused by autoimmune disorders. The first symptom of ankylosing spondylitis is usually a specific type of back pain, which worsens with rest and improves with movement. Polymyositis is an inflammatory condition that attacks the muscles of the neck, upper arms, shoulders, thighs, and hips. Because there are more than 80 different types of diseases that are autoimmune in nature, symptoms can affect organs and tissues throughout the body.
Common autoimmune diseases include type 1 diabetes, multiple sclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, Crohn's disease, and psoriasis. There are medications that relieve autoimmune pain in the short term, as well as some that can help control pain by treating the underlying cause of the disease. Dermatomyositis is a rare condition that can cause muscle swelling and inflammation, as well as skin-related problems. Ulcerative colitis is an autoimmune bowel disease that causes inflammation in the lining of the colon.
A joint replacement (also called arthroplasty) can be a useful and successful procedure for a severely damaged joint. Lupus, a complex autoimmune disease, can cause a wide range of symptoms that vary in severity, making it difficult to diagnose.