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Is Myasthenia Gravis Fatal
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?
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?
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.
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http://www.Myasthenia.Org/whatismg/faqs.Aspx. ...Read more
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
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
Weakness: Characteristically, it is a disease affecting nerve and muscle connections, and may initially present with double vision, drooping of eyelids, and weakness involving arms and legs. Repetitive usage of muscles can result in increased weakness and increased lid drooping and double vision. If the problem intensifies, difficulty with breathing can occur, and this may become critical. ...Read more
Block receptor: Increased abnormal activity of the immune system can create antibodies that block communication between nerves and muscles. Specifically the nerve transmitter, acetylcholine (ach) is blocked from activating the ach receptor on muscles, which causes weakness. Mg can be treated by increasing the amount of ach reaching the receptor to overcome the blockade and by controlling the immune response. ...Read more
Muscle weakness: Other reasons for decreased use of muscles. This could be muscle diseases and neurological diseases. The usual clue is the occular involvement. ...Read more
Wide range of people: Conditions that increase your risk for developing myasthenia include: autoimmune disease (thyroid disease, lupus, rheumatoid, type i diabetes), a tumor called a thymoma, and exposure to certain medications (most famously an immunosuppressant and chelating agent called penicillamine). ...Read more
Nerve disease: In patients with myasthenia, the acetylcholine receptor that helps form the neuromuscular junction is destroyed by the immune system. This causes nerves to be unable to trigger muscle contraction, leading to fatigable weakness. In demyelinationg disease, the myelin insulation surrounding the nerve is attacked by the immune system, disrupting signal transmission. ...Read more
MG & pregnency: Yes.Get a more detailed answer ›
Autoantibodies...: Myasthenia gravis is characterized by weakness / fatigue of muscles under voluntary control. It is caused by abnormal communication between nerves and muscles. In mg, the immune system makes autoantibodies that block or destroy many of a muscles' receptor sites for a neurotransmitter called acetylcholine. With fewer receptor sites, your muscles receive fewer nerve signals resulting in weakness. ...Read more
Treat the disease : Many good treatments exist for myesthenia gravies. Medications will prolong muscle function, assistive devices to maximize performance, surgeries to keep eyes open, therapy to maintain mobility and pulmonary function. Your dad needs to see a PMR doc or neurologist to start these interventions. Family needs education regarding the disease progression and maintaining functions. ...Read more
Not established: 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, minimally invasive thoracic surgery to remove thymus (thymectomy) can possibly cure or stabilize disease or decrease amount and/or types of meds. ...Read more
MG treatment: Dose adjustment for mestinon (pyridostigmine). Use of steriods or other medicaions like methotraxate under close supervision of a neurologist or peferably a neuroimmunologist. ...Read more
Please repost: Please be more specific: How much Ativan? How often? Is the case of myasthenia asymptomatic, mild, moderate or severe? What muscle groups are most affected? Benzodiazepines modulate GABA receptors. MG is a disease of acetylcholine receptors. There is no direct interference. Any effects would be indirect. ...Read more
Healthy and balanced: In general, there is no specific diet for patients diagnosed with myasthenia, but maintaining a well-rounded and healthy diet is important in maintaining overall health. One particular concern for myasthenics is swallowing, and care should be taken to make sure that they are getting adequate nutrition without running the risk of choking or aspiration. ...Read more
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Yes. Called EMG.:
The test is an electromyelogram, EMG for short.
It stimulates muscles and nerves with small needle-like receptors and detects their activity. Myaesthenia gravis is known to produce less activity from nerves with repetitive stimulation while LEMS does the opposite, the neurons strengthen their stimulation on muscle with repetitive stimuli. ...Read more