Muscle inflammation and tenderness

Question

Would it be possible to have muscle inflammation in several areas of your body without muscle weakness and this be linked as having myositis? If not, what other illness could cause muscle inflammation without weakness? Some muscles are so tender, they cannot stand to be touched.

Answer

Many times, the muscle weakness is not noticed, particularly in the early stages of muscle inflammation.  More frequently, patients with muscle inflammation notice weakness without pain.

Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

About Alan Matsumoto, M.D.

Part-time Faculty, Division of Rheumatology
Johns Hopkins University