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Myasthenia Gravis - Symptom, Treatment And Causes

Myasthenia Gravis- What is it?

The disease Myasthenia gravis results in muscles that tire and become weak easily. It may interfere with everyday activities as common as chewing food. If a patient has this disease his jaw muscles may tire soon and affect his food intake. After some rest, they may let the patient continue as usual. In fact, this tendency of tiring with little use then resumption of the normal state with a little bit of rest is the characteristic hallmark of this particular disease. During certain periods the symptoms are acuter, termed medically as an exacerbation, together with periods of remission when the symptoms disappear altogether. The most commonly affected muscles by this particular disease happen to be the ones that control the movement of the eyelids and eyes. Most patients witness weaknesses in other groups of muscles with the passage of a few years. When myasthenia gravis affects several groups of muscles throughout the body the condition is termed generalized myasthenia gravis. It may affect muscles that will make everyday tasks like swallowing, chewing, shrugging, smiling, lifting arms, standing up, gripping or walking up the stairs somewhat of a challenge. If the condition affects the breathing muscles it results in myasthenic crisis which is a condition that may pose a threat to one’s life. Though there is no exception regarding age or sex of people being affected by the disease it typically occurs in women who are aged between 20 to 40 and men between the ages 50 and 70. Mothers with myasthenia gravis may have babies affected with temporary weaknesses of the muscles which too may threaten the life of the newborn.

What are the causes of Myasthenia Gravis?

In the case of normal operations of nerves and muscles, nerves send directions to muscles to work by sending chemical messages through an area which is known as a receptor in biological terminology. The message is delivered through the chemical acetylcholine. The muscle knows it’s time to contract when acetylcholine binds itself to a nerve receptor. If a person is suffering from myasthenia gravis basically they have lesser amounts of acetylcholine receptors than what is needed by the body to function normally.

This disease is an autoimmune disorder. In cases of such diseases, the antibodies of the body mistakenly attack ones’ own body parts eventually destroying them. Antibodies are special proteins with the purpose of protecting the body from threats like viruses, bacteria or fungi. If one is affected by myasthenia gravis his or her antibodies attack, block or destroy the acetylcholine receptors that are essential for contraction of muscles. The disease is suspected to be connected with the thymus.

Treatable by medical professional Require medical diagnosis Lab test not required Short-term: resolves within days to weeks Non communicable
Altered speech Trouble in swallowing Problem chewing Little or no facial expression Drooping of the eyelids

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Popular Questions & Answers

Dear Doctors I am a citizen of Iraq and I have signs of myasthenia griva. I want to know from you what are the treatment methods and what is the period of time required for recovery and how much treatment is required With regards

Dr. Jatin Soni 94% (33007 ratings)
General Physician, Mumbai
It is an auto immune disease and which can be controlled but not cured fully and Few tips- avoid any triggering factor, take folicacid regularly, eat a healthy diet, always be stress free , exercise regularly and steroid medication can help to reduce symptoms and if necessary we can plan for thymus removal surgery after clinical examination

I am suffering from myasthenia gravis. What are the steps that I should take to keep myself fit. Is there any complete solution for it.

Dr. Pallavi Jain 88% (13 ratings)
Physiotherapist, Gurgaon
Myasthenia Gravis leads to weakness of muscles You must do regular exercises in order to maintain an active lifestyle.

He's 25 year old and was been diagnosed as myasthenia gravis ocular so he's been advised to take medicine for 2 years and said to be completely alright after than so is it possible? And will he be going to be alright all again? Or ocular myasthenia gravis gonna be generalised? How much chances of getting worsen?

Dr. Rahul (Pt) 90% (253 ratings)
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Hello myasthenia gravies is a neuromusclular disorder in which there is progressive muscles weakness specially muscles of face, drooping eye lid etc, there is no cure of this condition but can only management of it, hence go to physiotherapist for better treatment plan to fight with this disease,

My sister is detected with myasthenia gravis. She is having problem of double vision and put on steroids. Currently she is having severe pain in her left eye (same eye which is having problem of double vision). She was suggested for eye muscle exercise by one of the eye specialist but other eye specialist refused to assist in muscle exercise by machines because of myasthenia gravis. We don't know what to do. Can any of you please help in this case. Thanks.

Dr. Rajagopal Kunnatur 90% (398 ratings)
Phaco Development Program, Fellowship in Pediatric Ophthalmology, DNB Ophtalmology, MBBS
Ophthalmologist, Mysore
First and foremost double vision is a binocular phenomenon in this case. So you cannot say double vision is in one eye only. Myesthenia gravis is a disease affecting all voluntary muscles in the body. So adequate treatment for the disease is a must. Muscle exercises will not help in her case. Consult the physician who is treating her for myesthenia and get the dose of her medication adjusted.