We take our muscles for granted. They permit us to go about our daily lives and with perhaps the exception of a few aches and pains they serve us well until our lives have ended. However, for persons with genetic muscle diseases, this happy state-of-affairs is not the case.
These persons are wheel chair bound from child- or young adulthood until they die. There are many such patients. Genetic muscle diseases are not rare. But acquired muscle diseases such as critical care myopathy, muscle cachexia following cancer, heart failure or renal failure, traumatic muscle ischemia, or myopathy following drug reactions are definitely even more common.
We still have no treatment for any genetic muscle disease. However, we have made marked progress on an understanding of their pathologies. For acquired muscle disease, we are in the process of developing treatment strategies, although as always, “vigilance equals avoidance”.