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Myasthenia Gravis Remission
Pretty good: With the appropriate immunosuppressants. ..Pretty good remission rates...Not too sure of the exact numbers. ...Read more
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
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
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
Generally small: Thymectomy may be curative. Generally patients may demonstrate 1. Cure, 2. Asymptomatic on medications, 3. Stable symptoms on medications and/or decreased medications. Risk factors for return of mg after surgery may be associated with presence of thymoma at time of surgery and/or incomplete thymectomy. This link may help: http://goo. Gl/3xxmd. ...Read more
Rare: Occasionally some tiny remnants of the thymus gland remain after the surgical removal, and it is thought that these are responsible for continuing myesthenia gravis. But it is very rare. ...Read more
Multiple: 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, thoracic surgery to remove thymus (thymectomy) can possibly cure: http://goo. Gl/3xxmd. ...Read more
Tricky to answer: I doubt many muscle disease specialists or neurologists are expert in yoga. The principal to be followed is to not overtax the muscles with rapid repetitive motions or those which involve sustained contractions against more than a nominal load. With that in mind, ask a yoga instructor. ...Read more
MG: Usually not. But people may have less exacerebations if they have strong immune systems. There are not many studies on that. There is also a long list of medications which can cause acute attack of mg. ...Read more
Activate muscle: Myasthenia disrupts the connection between nerve and muscle by reducing the number of receptors for a transmitter called acetylcholine. Mestinon (pyridostigmine) prevents acetylcholine from being broken down in the body, giving it more time to diffuse along the muscle and activate the remaining receptors. The net result is to restore effective transmission between nerve and muscle. ...Read more
It doesn't: If you or a family member has myasthenia gravis, there are many approaches to successfully treat this, but ephedrine (ephedrine sulfate) is not either an approved or successful approach to treat the condition. Best to find an experienced neurologist to deal with this potentially complex disorder. ...Read more
Possible: Some case starting with neck/shoulder weakness.Get a more detailed answer ›