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My high levels of GGT doctors say is alcohol, but I dont drink, they wont review my head scans or do a CT . is GGT raised in nuero myotonic dystrophy?

My high levels of GGT doctors say is alcohol, but I dont drink, they wont review my head scans or do a CT . is GGT raised in nuero  myotonic dystrophy?

Need more info: What is the GGT level? There are many medications that can raise GGT. How much do you weight? Fatty liver is an other cause. If GGT is only minimally elevated and stable and there is good reason to take the medications that my be raising it, that may be okay. See this site for more info. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/ency/article/003458.htm ...Read more

Dr. Gregg Albers
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Alcohol Consumption (Definition)

Alcohol is available in many beverages, from beer and wine to the more potent distilled spirits, such as gin, rye, and whiskey. There appear to be at least small health benefits of small amounts of alcohol use (fewer than five drinks per week), especially of red wine Excessive alcohol use can lead to addiction and severe social and physical complications. Excess long term alcohol use is the most common cause of cirrhosis of the ...Read more


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Do you think I could join any branch of the military with myotonic dystrophy?

Do you think I could join any branch of the military with myotonic dystrophy?

No, but thank you: for your interest to serve. That's a tough illness to live with, and you would be stressing your muscles out too much doing excercises even to pass Basic Training, regardless of MOS. If you want to serve, there are jobs in the civilian world with various branches of the government that would try to accommodate your illness if possible. The fed is very open to supporting employees w/ special needs. ...Read more

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How effective is skelaxin (metaxalone) in helping with the spasmodic symptoms associated with myotonic dystrophy (related to muscular dystrophy)?

How effective is skelaxin (metaxalone) in helping with the spasmodic symptoms associated with myotonic dystrophy (related to muscular dystrophy)?

Muscle relaxants: It's really just trial and error. It does have the advantage of being one of least likely to be sedating. You may need to trial Baclofen or Zanaflex (tizanidine) if skellaxen does not work. ...Read more

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Does having myotonic dystrophy make you prone for having a delirium?

Does having myotonic dystrophy make you prone for having a delirium?

Myotonic Dystrophy 1: from a mutation at Chromosome 19q13 has widely variable symptoms, It can be associated with a personality profile characterized by avoidant, obsessive-compulsive, passive-aggressive & schizotypic traits. Also depending on the # of trinucleotide repeats, a person with MD1 can also have age-dependent deficits in memory, temporal & frontal lobe functions. See mda.org. for information & resources. ...Read more

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Can myotonic dystrophy cause hair loss?

Can myotonic dystrophy cause hair loss?

Hair loss: I am not familiar with any research or known causes of hair loss in myotonic dystrophy patients. However, it is possible that someone with myotonic dystrophy may also have the genetic tendency toward male or female pattern hair loss or that hair loss may be a side-effect of some of the medications used in myotonic dystrophy. ...Read more

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Spinal cord stimulator i have myotonic dystrophy type 2. Can you tell me if this can be used on a person with md? Pros, cons?

Spinal cord stimulator
i have myotonic dystrophy type 2.  Can you tell me if this can be used on a person with md?  Pros, cons?

Unclear: While your disease process of md may not specifically preclude you from having a spinal cord stimulator placed, the movement disorder you experience may not allow the stimulator to work best in your condition. The lead may not remain in the optimal spot. In addition, with problems like cardiomyopathy, this may not be optimal treatment for you. See a local pain specialist for recommendations. ...Read more

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Why is it that my dad got myotonic dystrophy?

Why is it that my dad got myotonic dystrophy?

Inherited: Myotonic dystrophy is an inherited disorder with variable expressions. A person with minimal symptoms and appears not to have the dystrophy may give birth to a child who shows more features of the disorder. There are rare cases of a mutation causing the disorder. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if i suffer from myotonic dystrophy, can I still concieve?

Can you tell me if i suffer from myotonic dystrophy, can I still concieve?

Male or female?: Depends on the type of myotonic dystrophy you have. Both men and women can have decreased fertility but parenthood is still possible. Women do tend to have more miscarriages and more complicated pregnancies but it is theoretically possible. Talk to your doctor about what the implications are for you with your particular myotonic dystrophy. ...Read more

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My bf was diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy type 2, tho he has many of the symptoms of type 1. Tried many docs & meds with no luck. Any advice?

My bf was diagnosed with myotonic dystrophy type 2, tho he has many of the symptoms of type 1. Tried many docs & meds with no luck. Any advice?

Myotonic dystrophy: Try www.Myotonic.Org to join with other families that are suffering with a family member with this disease. Look for help and for doctors that are familiar with the treatment, so you can get a second opinion. ...Read more