2. What Are the Symptoms of Dermatomyositis?
The indications of dermatomyositis can differ from person to person, but the main symptoms people often exhibit include general muscle weakness and soreness accompanied by skin rashes. People may also experience fatigue, difficulty swallowing, and shortness of breath. Individuals who only have a skin rash but no muscle weakness may receive a diagnosis of amyopathic dermatomyositis.
Often, the rash is the first sign of dermatomyositis, which can cause rough patches on the skin, swelling around the fingernails, purple-colored eyelids, and a dark rash on the face, neck, shoulders, chest, back, and knuckles. Later on, muscle weakness starts to settle in, starting with lower body parts, such as the back or hips, and working its way up the body. Pain may accompany the weakness as well.