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What is maysethenia gravis?

What is maysethenia gravis?

Autoimmune disease: Myasthenia gravis is an illness where your immune system attacks your body and ends up affecting the way your brain communicates with your muscles. The disease tends to be progressive and starts with mild muscle weakness. The muscles usually involved are in the eyes, face, and/or mouth (swallowing, chewing), but can be anywhere on the body including those that control breathing. ...Read more

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Do ssris make myastheia gravis worse?

Typically not: ... And make sure your myasthenia is diagnosed by a neuromuscular specialist; I have seen far too many misdiagnosed people who were told they had myasthenia. Best of health! ...Read more

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Tell me about mythanis gravis?

Tell me about mythanis gravis?

MG: Uncommon and well understood autoimmune disease - about 10/million- of young females and older males characterized by fluctuating muscle weakness. Usually worse in evening or after exercise. Most common symptoms are inability to keep eyelids up, double vision, difficulty with muscles of speech, swallowing or chewing. Many cases are limited to eyes only. ...Read more

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Is having m gravis a serious matter and if it safe to be a merchant mariner?

Is having m gravis a serious matter and if it safe to be a merchant mariner?

Yes: If you truly have myasthenia gravis, your safety will depend on whether you can maintain the physical strength required to do the job, and if you have an exacerbation it will not place you or others in danger. It will not slow your mind or reflexes. The word "gravis" literally means "grave", as "serious". Thankfully, it's usually manageable today. Glad you are eager to work -- good luck. ...Read more

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How does thymectomy treat myastenia gravis?

How does thymectomy treat myastenia gravis?

Removing a source: In select patients, a thymectomy may lead to a significant reduction in symptoms by removing the organ responsible for producing antibodies responsible for initiating symptoms. This works better in patients who have had some response to medical therapy, and who have an enlarged thymus gland, but this is not absolute. Before choosing this option, you should discuss this with your treating doctor. ...Read more

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Can removal of thymus make mystinia gravis patient normal?

Yes it may: The thymus gland — a part of your immune system situated in the upper chest beneath the breastbone — may trigger or maintain the production of these antibodies. Although the gland is large in infancy, it is small in healthy adults. But, in some adults with myasthenia gravis, the thymus is abnormally large. Often times removal of the thymus may improve patient symptoms and disease. ...Read more

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What do doctors do after you are diagnosed with myasthena gravis?

What do doctors do after you are diagnosed with myasthena gravis?

Treatment: There are several types of myasthenia gravis. It is chronic autoimmune disease. Medical treatment: plasmapheresis, anticholinesterase medications, immunosuppressive drugs, surgical removal of thymus. ...Read more

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How does thymectomy result in a decrease of myastenia gravis symptoms?

How does thymectomy result in a decrease of myastenia gravis symptoms?

Unknown: Removing the thymus may help regulate the immune system and prevent autoimmune injury from myasthenia. ...Read more

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I have been diagnosed with maysethenia gravis I'm now on mestinon (pyridostigmine) I just want to know is there any better drug ?

I have been diagnosed with maysethenia gravis I'm now on mestinon (pyridostigmine) I just want to know is there any better drug ?

Comments: Mestinon (pyridostigmine) is a good starter drug, as it can specifically benefit the neuromuscular junctional issues chemically, but may not be the best long-term solution. A thymectomy, and steroids are other alternatives to deal with the process, but you might find additional support from a neurologist who specializes in muscle disease. ...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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