What is Myasthenia Gravis?

 

Myasthenia Gravis is an autoimmune disorder marked by times of extreme weakness and/or fatigue that creates the inability to move voluntary muscles of the body. Throughout this site, you will come across many articles helping you to understand ways to upgrade your life + improve  your health.

It can create such weakness that movements like walking, talking, sitting up, chewing, swallowing and keeping the eyelids open are affected and at times cannot be done. It can also cause double vision, where the muscles of the eyes become too weak to see straight, causing you to see ‘double’.

Myasthenia Gravis can affect the entire body or just parts of it, such as only affecting the eyes (called ocular Myasthenia). You can read more in depth about Myasthenia here.

 

Who Is Affected?

Approximately 20 out of 100,000 individuals in the U.S. have been diagnosed with MG. However, MG is considered under-diagnosed and the prevalence is thought to be much higher. Webmd says that “Anyone can develop Myasthenia Gravis, but those most likely to do so are women between age 20 and 40 or men between age 50 and 70.” There are always exceptions, such as myself, who was diagnosed at 16.

 

 What does Myasthenia Gravis Mean?

Myasthenia Gravis, coming from Latin and Greek origin, means ‘grave muscle weakness’. Myasthenia Gravis is known to get worse during periods of stress and/or heavy activity and get better after periods of rest. Although having Myasthenia Gravis may seem like the end of the world, it’s not. There are many ways to live symptom-free. Throughout this site, you will come across many articles to help you understand how to do that.

 

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