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How serious is myasthenia gravis?

How serious is myasthenia gravis?

Usually very serious: Myasthenia gravis is typically seen in the young and the elderly. In the latter group, they typically have ocular mg, that is there symptoms are confined to the eye muscles. In the young, symptoms include muscle weakness, breathing difficulties, swallowing difficulties, visual problems(double vision, droopy eye lids), problems chewing. Symptoms worsen during the day.If not treated, it can be fatal. ...Read more

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Dr. Julian Bragg
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Myasthenia Gravis (Definition)

A chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary) ...Read more


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I live INACTIVE life due 2 having Myasthenia gravis & severe Osteo. SO, on days I do a LOT I'm worn. Normal? Or would it flare it I kept active or no?

I live INACTIVE life due 2 having Myasthenia gravis & severe Osteo. SO, on days I do a LOT I'm worn. Normal? Or would it flare it I kept active or no?

See rheuma: I strongly recommend that you consult a rheumatologist to get your disease condition undercontrolled. I don't see why both conditions cannot be improved with today's medications. The less activities the more osteoporosis. Get the right help now. ...Read more

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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?

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?

No: Don't see any unusual risk from Forteo because of MG. It is important for you to get your osteoporosis treated since a major fracture will be devastating to someone who already has problem with muscle strength. ...Read more

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Myasthenia gravis is a serious autoimmune disorderthis help alleviate symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

See neurologist : Please make sure that you have the proper diagnosis for myasthenia gravis. You will need blood tests for antibodies, and repetitive stimulation studies or even single fiber emg. You must be taken care of by a neurologist who can give you medicines to help with the disease if you to prove to have myasthenia gravis. ...Read more

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Myasthenia gravis is a serious autoimmune disorder in which the body produces antibodies to what?

Myasthenia gravis is a serious autoimmune disorder in which the body produces antibodies to what?

Ach receptor: Mg is a condition in which the body makes antibodies to the muscle receptor for acetyl choline which is the neurotransmitter chemical involved in the transmission of nerve impulses to muscle contraction. These antibodies prevent efficient nerve transmission to muscle and result in weakness and easy fatigue of muscles. ...Read more

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Best exercise for me as I have myasthenia gravis & severe osteoporosis? Kinda hard to be weak & brittle!! Tai chi? I don't know..please advise!! Thank

Best exercise for me as I have myasthenia gravis & severe osteoporosis? Kinda hard to be weak & brittle!! Tai chi? I don't know..please advise!! Thank

Water: It depends on how severe the MG How about exercises in shallow water? Perhaps with a flotation device and supervision if necessary. If you have trouble breathing , water pressure surrounding your chest may be an issue as can the temperature. A physical therapist can help with various exercises both in and out of water. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Have myasthenia gravis, severe osteoporosis.Scared of "another med" to treat osteo and it NOT flare/worsen MG!! Reclast, (zoledronic acid) Proliva, Forteo?try shot 1st?

Have myasthenia gravis, severe osteoporosis.Scared of "another med" to treat osteo and it NOT flare/worsen MG!! Reclast, (zoledronic acid) Proliva, Forteo?try shot 1st?

Osteoporosis : unfortunately there's no easy answer. We are lucky to have many options for osteoporosis and each drug comes with risks and benefits. Your medial history, labs, x-Rays & DEXA have to be factored in before individualizing your treatments. Please discuss with your doctors. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Anxiety & etc from stopping Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) after 15 yrs due to myasthenia gravis & severe osteoporosis? ANY info would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks

Anxiety & etc from stopping Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) after 15 yrs due to myasthenia gravis & severe osteoporosis? ANY info would be greatly appreciated!!!! Thanks

Anxiety evaluation: Long term depoprovera use can cause osteoporosis. Treatment may be needed Stopping it should not cause anxiety though. This symptom is common and caused by many things. Schedule a virtual visit with one of our primary care doctors to investigate the anxiety symptoms in more detail. Also at age 41 an alternative birth control plan to depoprovera should be in place ...Read more

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What is myasthenia gravis?

Fatigable weakness: Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disease that disrupts the neuromuscular junction, so that when motor nerves fire the muscle fibers do not reliably contract. It manifests as a "fatigable weakness" (one that gets worse with sustained effort) that can involve the limbs, the cranial nerves (hoarseness, double vision, difficulty swallowing), or, in some dangerous cases, muscles of breathing. ...Read more

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What causes myasthenia gravis?

Autoimmune: We have discovered that the connection between nerve and muscle is compromised by injury to the neuromuscular junction by an antibody that affects acetylcholine transmission. Thus, for whatever reason, the body immune system is attacking itself. ...Read more

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How common is Myasthenia Gravis?

Prevalence of MG?: It's estimated that MG is present in between 50-60K individuals in the U.S. It will increase as the age of the population increases. ...Read more

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Is myasthenia gravis hereditary?

Unknown: In most cases, myasthenia gravis is not inherited and occurs in people with no history of the disorder in their family. About 3 to 5 percent of affected individuals have other family members with myasthenia gravis or other autoimmune disorders, but the inheritance pattern is unknown. For more info please review the following: http://www.Myasthenia.Org/whatismg/faqs.Aspx. ...Read more

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Who is at risk myasthenia gravis?

Who is at risk myasthenia gravis?

Wide range of people: Myasthenia has been reported in people of all age groups, but it tends to be more common in people aged 50-70 or in women under 40. Conditions that increase your risk for developing myasthenia include: autoimmune disease (thyroid disease, lupus, rheumatoid, type i diabetes), thymoma, and exposure to certain medications (most famously an immunosuppressant and chelating agent called penicillamine). ...Read more

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Who can develop myasthenia gravis?

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 more

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How is myasthenia gravis diagnosed?

How is myasthenia gravis diagnosed?

Myasthenia: An intravenous injection called a tensilon test, blood testing for acetylcholine receptor antibodies, and an electrophysiological test called an electromyelogram can all be used to help make a diagnosis of myasthenia. ...Read more

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What causes mg (myasthenia gravis)?

Immune system: Myasthenia is caused by the immune system attacking a protein in the junction between nerve and muscle. This usually happens spontaneously, but can be triggered by drug exposure or by certain types of tumors. ...Read more

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Will myasthenia gravis ever go away?

MG Remission: Yes remission can occur for several year at a time. ...Read more

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Myasthenia gravis can wayfaring cause mg?

It is not possible: Myasthenia gravis can cause weakness in your neck, arms and legs, other muscles. MG is caused by antibodies blocking acetylcholine, but it is not caused by wayfaring. Take care. ...Read more