There is no cure for polymyositis and dermatomyositis. The goal of treatment is to help in the management of symptoms. Establishing the correct diagnosis early is important because something can be done to manage most forms of arthritis.
Rest is generally recommended during periods of active disease. Exercise should be done when symptoms are under control to keep muscles from becoming too weak. Always consult your doctor before beginning an exercise program. He or she may also be able to refer you to a physical therapist who can advise you of the forms of exercise that are likely to be helpful, and those that could be harmful. If the disease has impaired your breathing, your therapist can instruct you in breathing exercises.
Arthritis medications are designed to control a disease, slow its progression, and to help manage pain. There is a wide range of options – with new ones coming on the horizon – so understanding all possible treatments is not easy.
These medications can be very complex, so you are encouraged to ask for in-depth explanations from your health care team – including pharmacists, who are an excellent source of information.
To explore this area of treatment, The Arthritis Society has developed a comprehensive expert guide that delivers detailed information on medications used to treat arthritis.
Explore the Arthritis Medications A Reference Guide
The optimal treatment is what is best in each individual case – so speak with your doctor and/or pharmacist about what kind of medications are most appropriate for you.
The Arthritis Society provides a range of in-person workshops and online programs, all with a specific focus in mind. They include chronic pain management, overcoming fatigue, understanding your health-care team, symptom checkers, and more. Participants learn new information and skills, and for in-person workshops, can share ideas and experiences with others.
Explore arthritis workshops and courses
Discover information you can trust, because it’s based on evidence and vetted by experts, in The Society’s resource area. Learn about each disease, possible treatments, self-management, lifestyle issues, and so much more.