What is the prognosis for polymyositis?

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The prognosis for polymyositis depends on how severe a case you have. Most people respond to treatment and get some of their muscle strength back. Some weakness may remain, and your symptoms could come back. While the condition is rarely life-threatening, you could wind up disabled if you don’t respond to treatment. Polymyositis also raises your risk for an autoimmune condition, cancer, or osteoporosis.
The prognosis varies.

Most people respond well to treatment, although some certain of muscle weakness persists, many people can recover partially or even completely. It's not life-threatening. Of course the symptoms can recur.

Some people just don't respond to the treatment, they may develop disability.

Overall speaking, the earlier an individual gets treatment, the less the complications are.