How can I support a loved one with muscular dystrophy?

Talk and love. People with muscular dystrophy have the same social needs that we all have, so continuing to interact and spend time with them is a huge plus. They're also in a position to teach us all some important lessons about life. Encourage them to do so. In addition, people with muscular dystrophy have a need to be as functionally independent as possible and to set and work toward goals. Best wishes!
Care for them. Love them, care for them, and get them into a good neuromuscular clinic. Generally free standing children's hospitals have such multidisciplinary clinics which can be a great "one stop shop" for medical care for your loved one.

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Is there one best test to diagnose duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Serum CK. Serum ck is elevated in duchenne muscular dystrophy. This is a simple/common blood test. The polymerase chain reaction (pcr) test for the dystrophin gene confirms the diagnosis. If the PCR is inconclusive a muscle biopsy may follow. Read more...

What are the symptoms of duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Weakness... ...More prominent in large muscles than in small ones, progressing to inability to stand up without assistance (see http://en.Wikipedia.Org/wiki/gower_maneuver ); muscles are enlarged early on ("pseudohypertrophy) but wither later. Read more...

What are medications for duchenne muscular dystrophy?

Steroids. Currently the mainstay of therapy for duchenne is still steroids. Steroids slow the progression of the disease but are not a cure. There are many promising therapies being tested, but so far no others available at this time. For more information visit mda.Org or duchenneconnect. Read more...

How did our ancestors on the prairie treat duchenne muscular dystrophy?

The treatment... ...For dmd prolongs life somewhat but does not change the overall prognosis. The best thing we can do is provide moral support for the family and the patient in difficult times, and i don't know if we do that any better than our ancestors did. Read more...
They Didn't. Although today's treatment is very limited, our ancestors other than supportive devices, had no real therapy. Read more...
Not well. Duchenne muscular dystrophy is a genetic disorder that is progressive and affects boys. There are new treatments including steroid treatment, but all of the children eventually succumb to their disease. In the old days and even in most of the developing countries of the world, duchenne's has a very poor outcome with most children dying in their late teenage years. Read more...
Supportive care. Historically, our ancestors would have had no idea what is occurring to people with Duchenne MD. They would have offered supportive care. They would have had little knowledge of the cause of respiratory diseases, which are the main cause of death in DMD. They would have been perplexed by the wasting of the muscles and failure to get about. Read more...