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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

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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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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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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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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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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What are the symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

What are the symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

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

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What canworsen my myasthenia gravis symptoms?

What canworsen my myasthenia gravis symptoms?

Medications: Infections and medications can cause worionsening og mg. Medications like certain antibiotics, anesthetic agents, muscle relaxants, Botox injections etc. Decrease immune system related to multiple factors like lack of sleep, overexhaustion etc. ...Read more

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What happens in the disease myasthenia gravis?

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

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What are the first symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

What are the first symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

Ptosis: Ptosis(droopiness of one or both eyes) or proximal muscle weakness of arm, thigh or neck. ...Read more

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What diseases could be mistaken for myasthenia gravis?

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

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What kinds of diseases could be mistaken for myasthenia gravis?

Many conditions: Myasthenia gravis can mimic a large number of conditions, from muscle disease, ophthalmological disorders , general medical problems to anxiety state and psychological disorders. ...Read more

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Myasthenia gravis and dopamine levels?

? what is the questi: Myastenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disease, the body make antibodies which can interrupt muscular function. Does not directly involve dopamine.

Dopamine is a neuromuscular transmitter which can be decreased in parkinson's disease. ...Read more

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What increasesrisk for myasthenia gravis?

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

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What's are fibromyalgia and myasthenia gravis?

What's are fibromyalgia and myasthenia gravis?

Possibly: Anything is possible but these two diseases are unrelated. ...Read more

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What is dyemilinating disease & myasthenia gravis?

What is dyemilinating disease & myasthenia gravis?

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

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Do pistachios affect people with myasthenia gravis?

Not usually: Myasthenia gravis affects the autoimmune system and causes muscles to weaken. I've never heard of anyone having adverse effects from consuming pistachio nuts in moderation. If ur unsure, ask your neoroligist. Keep smiling! ...Read more

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What is the pathology that causes myasthenia gravis?

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

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What do you suggest if my dad has myasthenia gravis?

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

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Can myasthenia gravis be cured using holistic medicine?

Can myasthenia gravis be cured using holistic medicine?

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

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What can I do to alleviate symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

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

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Is Ativan safe to take for people with myasthenia gravis?

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

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What's the best dietary changes if I have myasthenia gravis?

What's the best dietary changes if I have myasthenia gravis?

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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I am seeing double from time to time. Do I myasthenia gravis?

Possibly: Although myasthenia gravis is one of the causes of double vision, there are several other more common causes. See an ophthalmologist. ...Read more

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Would someone with myasthenia gravis need to sleep all the time?

Would someone with myasthenia gravis need to sleep all the time?

Thoughts: The weakness causes significant fatiguability, and may exhaust, but medications could cause side effects of drowsiness. Might a Concierge visit expand upon your understanding? ...Read more

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Could someone with myasthenia gravis need to sleep all the time?

Could someone with myasthenia gravis need to sleep all the time?

Not necesarilly: You need your restful sleep whether you have myasthenia gravis or not...There is no clear association as far as i can tell between myasthenia gravis and sleepiness or lack of sleepiness. ...Read more

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Is there a test to distinguish between LEMS and myasthenia gravis?

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