Wednesday, May 30, 2018 by Janine Acero
Myasthenia gravis is a long-term autoimmune condition marked by progressive muscle weakness without atrophy or sensory disturbance. The immune system damages the communication system between the nerves and muscles, making the muscles weak and easily tired.
It can affect most parts of the body, but it commonly affects facial muscles, particularly the ones controlling the eyes and eyelids, and the ones for chewing, swallowing and speaking.
It can occur to people of any age, typically starting in women under 40 and men over 60.
Myasthenia gravis has been linked to issues with the thymus gland. Affected individuals usually have a larger thymus gland and sometimes there is abnormal growth of the thymus called a thymoma.
Common symptoms of myasthenia gravis include:
The symptoms tend to get worse when you’re tired. Many people find they are worse towards the end of the day, and better the next morning after getting some sleep.
The following factors may trigger or worsen the symptoms:
One of the most dangerous potential complications of myasthenia gravis is myasthenic crisis, which is a life-threatening complication marked by muscle weakness with breathing problems. Myasthenia gravis can also lead to a greater risk of developing other autoimmune disorders like lupus and rheumatoid arthritis.
Dietary changes and specific rest and active periods may help manage the symptoms, as well as certain supplements including manganese and CoQ10 which serve as effective treatments for the disease.
Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder; thus, the available treatments help regulate the symptoms and control the activity of your immune system. These include:
There are some things you can do at home to help alleviate symptoms of myasthenia gravis:
These treatments can’t cure this condition, but can help alleviate the symptoms. Some individuals may go into remission, during which treatment is not necessary.
Myasthenia gravis is a long-term autoimmune condition that causes progressive muscle weakness. It commonly affects muscles that control the eyes and eyelids, and the ones for chewing, swallowing and speaking.
In this condition, the immune system damages the communication system between the nerves and muscles, making the muscles weak and easily tired.
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