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Alternative Treatments For Myasthenia Gravis
Are there any new treatments for myasthenia gravis rather than the traditional cortisone and mestinon (pyridostigmine) or thymectomy?
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Multiple: About 1/3 can see spontaneous remission, 1/3 stabilize on chronic medications, and 1/3 have progressive difficulties. Chronic and/or longterm medications may aid but can have significant adverse impact on life and/or health. In appropriate candidates, thoracic surgery to remove thymus (thymectomy) can possibly cure: http://goo. Gl/3xxmd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Different uses: Acetylcholinesterase inhibitors are the first line of treatment due to their safety and ease of use. Pyridostigmine (Mestinon) is the usual choice. Neostigmine is available but not commonly used. Edrophonium is an acetylcholinesterase inhibitor but does not come in an oral form. It is mainly used as a diagnostic agent for MG. ...Read more
Not sure: This doesn't sound like "conventional" therapy, but if it doesn't hurt/cost much/is harmful, then why not try? More conventional wisdom on mg can be found here: http://www. Ninds. Nih. Gov/disorders/myasthenia_gravis/detail_myasthenia_gravis. Htm. ...Read more
Myasthenia Gravis, NOW severe osteoporosis &supposed to start Forteo shots daily! I'm scared as I DON'T want MG flare. Do u foresee any risks?
My thyroid function tests show I'm euthyroid, orbital usg is normal. Could it be myasthenia gravis?
The problem?: Hi. You haven't told us much. It sounds like someone might have thought you had Graves' disease, and ruled that out. Myasthenia gravis (MG), another autoimmune disease, has vision problems as a prominent feature. MG is just about as rare as hen's teeth, however. There are easy tests for MG. Good luck! ...Read more
Thyroid function tests show I'm euthyroid, orbital usg is normal. Is it possibly myasthenia gravis?
Myasthenia Gravis HAVE to be on osteoporosis med. I'm severe! Interactions with Reclast (zoledronic acid) IV & MG? Scared once in system what if it flares my MG?
Osteoporosis meds: One issue with some medications used in rheumatoid arthritis, is presence of anti-tumor necrosis factor action, which can make MS worse, but this mechanism does not seem salient in osteoporosis drugs, and these would be very unlikely to adversely affect Myasthenia, as Reclast (zoledronic acid) does not affect acetylcholine in any profound way. Discuss further with your doctor, but I do NOT see a problem. ...Read more
How safe is it to have a baby if I have myasthenia gravis? I know people do it, but what are the risks? Both to me and the baby? Will I have to go off my meds? Will I pass the disease on to my baby? I’d really like to have a baby, but i’m worried. My doc
The: The more common kind of myasthenia gravis is an acquired condition: your body is tricked into making antibodies that attack its own acetylcholine receptors on the surface of your muscles, reducing the ability of your nerves to activate them, and leading to weakness. There is another, much rarer type of myasthenia gravis that is not acquired, but genetic. Women with acquired myasthenia gravis won't pass the disease itself on to their children, but since the myasthnia antibodies made by mom can cross the placenta into the circulation of the fetus, the fetus can be affected temporarily (mom's antibodies can stay in the baby up to several weeks after birth). This condition is called neonatal myasthenia gravis. Newborns with neonatal myasthenia can have temporary weakness of limb muscles, breathing muscles, and feeding muscles. They can also have a condition called arthrogryposis, stiff joints with limited range of flexibility because they didn't move as much in the womb as they might have otherwise. This is why it is important to have acquired myasthenia gravis well-controlled throughout pregnancy. There are many different kinds of medications used to control myasthenia. Some of them, particularly the immunosuppressants (like methotrexate, azathioprine, mycophenolate mofetic) are known to cause harm to the baby if taken during pregancy, while breastfeeding, or even prior to conception. Other treatments such as steroids and ivig are less risky (but not zero risk). Women with myasthenia who are considering pregnancy should work very closely with a team including a neurologist experienced in the treatment of myasthenia gravis, an obstetrician and a neonatologist. This is the best way to reduce worry, and risk, as much as possible. For general information about myasthenia gravis, visit the myasthenia gravis foundation of america website at www. Myasthenia. Org. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Women>men: Before the age of 40 mg is 3x more common in women, but at older ages both sexes are equally affected. Familial cases are rare. Congenital mg in children are rarely encountered. Their mothers are asymptomatic, and the condition is often familial. Limb weakness is present but eye movement weakness is the dominant sign. There are also neonatal forms characterized by weak suck, and juvenile forms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Fatigable weakness: The hallmark of myasthenia is "fatigable weakness", meaning that muscles get weaker with prolonged use. Typical symptoms include double vision, droopy eyelids, or weakness of the limbs, all worse with activity or at the end of the day. It can also cause difficulty speaking, swallowing, and breathing, which can be extremely dangerous. ...Read more
Weakness: An immunological disorder of the neuromuscular junction, affecting efficiency of nerve muscle impulses, by making acetylcholine surge ineffective. Repetitive contractions are increasingly weak. May affect eye muscles predominantly, with double vision, and lid drooping, but can also affect arms and legs, and ability to breathe. Thymectomy may help, meds also useful. ...Read more
Fatigue: Can be systemic or localized. See a neurologist soon. ...Read more
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