Myasthenia Gravis

What is a Myasthenia Gravis?

Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune muscle disorder that causes your muscles to become tired and weak. The condition is caused by a breakdown in the communication between the muscles and nerves.

It impacts your voluntary (skeletal) muscles causing your muscle to become very weak after activity. The condition will improve after a period of resting.

What Causes Myasthenia Gravis?

Researchers are not sure of the causes but they believe that it is NOT inherited or contagious. The Thymus Gland is part of the immune system. When it is enlarged it may cause Myasthenia. It is also possible to get Myasthenia Gravis from a medicine called Penicillamine, which is used in treating Rheumatoid Arthritis, Wilson's disease, and other autoimmune diseases.

Symptoms:

  • Drooping eyelids
  • Limited facial expression
  • Blurred or double vision
  • Slurred Speech
  • Problems chewing or swallowing
  • Weak arms and legs
  • Muscle fatigue
  • Difficulty breathing

Treatments:

There is currently no cure for Myasthenia Gravis. There are medications and treatments that can be used to treat the symptoms.

Contact our office to schedule time with one of our doctors to discuss your treatment plan.




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