” Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that is characterized by fluctuating weakness of the voluntary muscle groups. “
- It can cause muscle weakness in your legs, arms, hands, fingers, jaw, eyes (drooping eye lid/double vision), neck, and even your breathing muscles.
- Every MG patient has different symptoms, and treatment plans. It is referred to as the “Snowflake Disease” because like a snowflake every MG patient is different.
- You can go into remission, but since everyone is different the time to get there all depends on the individual.
- Every minute, hour, day can fluctuate.
- There is no known cure.
Types of Treatments can include:
- Corticosteroids (Prednisone)
- Immunosuppressants ( Imuran or Cellcept)
- Thymectomy (Removal of thymus gland, located next to heart)
- Anti-acetylcholinesterase agents (Mestinon)
- IVIG (Intravenous immune globulins)
- Plasmapheresis (Plasma Exchange)
- Chemotherapy (Cytoxan)