Eat To Beat MG

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  • Ken

    April 14, 2016 at 8:31 am | Reply

    The FDA does not and has not reviewed or approved this response. Different people with different types of MG and different meds have different problems with different foods for a variety of reasons. Here are a few “tales from the troops”:

    Gluten sensitivity: Most MG meds tend to cause you to shed potassium to one degree or another. Many people with MG have trouble with diarrhea when they eat wheat products, likely as a result. Sometimes this is more like irritable bowel syndrome, rebounding back and forth. Many find help by cutting down on wheat or avoiding gluten altogether.

    Those of us with MG may also be extra sensitive to even trace amounts of the herbicide glyphosate (Roundup, etc) which is now known to cause disruptions to the natural flora in your gut. Since this may also be found in corn and corn meal, you may find you have a similar problem with things you would normally eat when you are avoiding gluten (there is a similar allergic reaction).

    Prednisone and even Mycophenolate (Cell Cept) disrupt your gut flora to some degree like Roundup, and depending on your dose, perhaps even more. The jury is still out on what this does to you. You may find that you have trouble with different foods than others even with your kind of MG and a similar Rx. Your digestion is definitely compromised to some degree. Some find a probiotic helps, especially if you are avoiding dairy.

    It appears that all of us with MG do not have enough of an enzyme called Carbonic Anhydrase III. This condition is known to nephrologists to be associated with problems with the liver, pancreas and kidneys. Your doctor checks blood tests on these vital organs regularly. Not proven, but it is probably this CAIII insufficiency which causes some side effects associated with MG meds and not the meds themselves, since these problems are known to develop over time in MG patients who do not take those meds. Problems with milk products are sometimes associated with intermittent problems with liver function.

    Problems with milk products seem somewhat common among us and you should talk to your doctor if you notice any change. That goes especially for people who develop problems with cheese products who have never had those problems before. Those are two different types of problems, not one. Don’t be afraid of dairy, but talk to your doctor about changes you notice. On the bright side, many people with MG seem to enjoy and even crave foods associated with a “liver cleanse” like Brussels sprouts, for example.

    For the most part, food sensitivities are more a nuisance than a danger in MG. You and your doctor are the only ones who can decide where the balance is for you, and that might change over time. Don’t be afraid to talk about it.

    Beware, however. If you ever have a short paralysis lasting 10 to 20 minutes, but that goes away. It is not “just your Myasthenia acting up.” Usually it means you are over medicated and is actually “drug induced hypokalemic periodic paralysis.” This is especially a danger if you are older, like me. MG patients who are over medicated also tend to have a lot of food sensitivities.

    When you are first diagnosed, you tend to go through some phases of grief like most people do who have a major illness. That does affect your MG and just about every normal body function. Today, MG can be managed, it’s not a death sentence, but we are all different. Your mood seems to have a lot to do with it.

    If you are having a problem, keep a food diary. In MG, however a major allergic reaction to food may affect you for about two weeks after, especially when it is caused by changes in gut bacteria. Be patient. You’ll find what’s right for you if you keep a positive attitude, healthy eating and sleeping habits, and ask if you think you have a problem.

    Best wishes for you going forward.

  • Belle

    May 28, 2014 at 6:25 am | Reply

    Hi there, I’ve also being diagnosed with MG since a month ago. I would like to know why certain foods like Corn, dairy foods are best avoided?

    Thank you :)

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