Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia GravisMyasthenia gravis is a rare disease that affects approximately (only) one in 50,000 people, mostly women. It occurs when some muscles are weakened due to a disturbed transmission of impulses to the nerve controlling these muscles. The cause of the disorder is not clear, but is thought to be due to an autoimmune system disorder. In 20% of the cases, the breast tumor develops (thymus – in the upper part of the chest).

Symptoms of muscle weakness are first and foremost appearing on the face. Eyebrows are covered, the patient can see a double image and have difficulty with talking and swallowing. If the arms or legs are caught, the patient can almost never stand or walk and simple actions, such as combing, become almost impracticable. The degree of weakness varies considerably from one day to another, and even from year to year.

What to do?

If you think you have myasthenia gravis, talk to a doctor who will, after examination, send you to the blood tests and the X-ray of the chest for diagnosis. If the diagnosis is confirmed, a treatment with special remedies that will restore the transmission of nerve stimulation to weakened muscles, will greatly improve your condition. Surgical removal of a possible breast gland tumor often improves the condition. Although myasthenia gravis cannot usually be cured, with proper treatment the symptoms are reduced to a minimum, so you can practically live a normal life.