…dedicated to raising awareness of Myasthenia Gravis.
The good news is that myasthenia gravis,a rare, chronic, autoimmune, neuromuscular disease, is most likely not going to appear in your body; that, statistically, you will never experience this disease.
But it does seem to appear spontaneously. Thus, the not-so-good news is that we cannot predict, we cannot plan, we cannot forecast which ones of us might get myasthenia gravis. Scientific studies have given us some common threads and markers to help doctors narrow down and categorize so they can diagnose a disease that has many symptoms and that shares a few symptoms with other diseases.
Who might get Myasthenia Gravis?
Myasthenia Gravis is generally known to affect any of the muscles that you control voluntarily, (eyes, mouth throat, limbs) as well as chest muscles, and the diaphragm, which is both a voluntary and involuntary muscle. Historically, the most common symptoms are drooping eyes, double vision, difficulty chewing, choking on food, and abnormal limb muscle weakness.
The Myasthenia Gravis Fact Sheet, (NINDS), of Apr. 27, 2020, relates:“Who gets myasthenia gravis? Myasthenia gravis affects both men and women and occurs across all racial and ethnic groups. It most commonly impacts young adult women (under 40) and older men (over 60), but it can occur at any age, including childhood. Myasthenia gravis is not inherited nor is it contagious.”
- The National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD) states: “Most individuals with myasthenia gravis (MG) have no family history of MG and the disorder appears to occur spontaneously (sporadically) for unknown reasons.”
- Myasthenia gravis is not contagious.
- It is not inherited, although more than one case in a family has been seen.
- People with MG, under treatment, can have a relatively normal quality of life with normal life expectancy.
- There is no known cure.
- The disease seems to be able to strike anyone at any age, including children. MG is more frequently seen in women aged 20 to 30, and men aged 50 and older. Men over 60 and women under 40 are at higher risk.
- Risk factors for myasthenia gravis include having a personal or family history of autoimmune diseases.
- MG occurs across all racial and ethnic groups
As part of our campaign of awareness, we identify commonly recognized symptoms of myasthenia gravis. We speak of symptoms associated with MG, but the presence of any of these symptoms does not mean that anyone has a specific disorder.
This site does not diagnose nor suggest diagnosis or treatment. PLEASE, contact your health provider if you sense unknown symptoms of any kind. We suggest that you discuss symptoms with your personal doctor, your neurologist or your opthamologist.
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