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Hi. I`m 40 years old and recently was diagnosed with a muscle disease called dermatomyositis. I suffer from muscle weakness and have some sort of a purple rash all over my face, neck, upper cheast and back. I was prescribed with a Prednisone and not sure that is the right med for my condition. Also, would like to know what is the prognosis?

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Hi. My daughter has dermatomyositis and exactly the same symptoms. She also has a problem with swallowing. A steroid drug, such as Prednisone, is the first step when on treatment. Prednisone is ineffective on my daughter and she`s on immunosuppressants. Doctors say that intravenous immunoglobulin is effective and safe in further treatment. Also, there is a physical therapy. About the prognosis, well, most persons with dermatomyositis respond to a therapy. You should be fine.
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