myasthenia gravis 300KENTUCKY (7/4/13) – Last month was officially declared as the Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month.
 
Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is Latin for grave muscle weakness. Many people who suffer from Myasthenia Gravis are often misdiagnosed. Quite often, it takes progression and severe pain before doctors are able to consider testing for it.
 
MG is a lot like Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but a little different. MG is an autoimmune disease, meaning the body is attacking itself in some way. This disease causes the body to make antibodies that work against their body’s nerves and muscles. MG is not contagious, but is found in men, women and children. However, it is most commonly found in women and causes severe muscle weakness.
 
Some individuals will have MG that only impacts their eye muscles, which is called Ocular MG. Most of those with Ocular MG will go on to develop generalized (body-wide) MG. This can virtually impact any muscle in the body. Common problems with MG include; vision, speech, swallowing, chewing, movement of arms and legs and breathing. Symptoms of MG often fluctuate, causing MG crisis and flares that are often mistaken for being on drugs, due to difficulty with speech, visual issues and walking. Some reasons symptoms may fluctuate include; improper medications taken, extreme temperature changes, stress, physical activity and illnesses.
 
There are treatments for MG, but the results to the medications have various effectiveness. All treatments that are currently available have serious to life-threatening side effects. Sometimes MG can go through periods of remission that can last for years. But, with no explanation why, nor do doctors know what triggers it, the disease can bring people out of remission and back into a full-blown disease.
 
It is important for those who have MG to listen to their bodies. People should try not to over-exert themselves, eliminate as much stress as possible and get plenty of rest.
 
For more information, visit the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc website.

Amber Mena
SurfKY News
Information provided by Debbie Norman

LIKE SurfKY on Facebook - Click here to LIKE us now.

© Copyright 2015 SurfKY News Group, Inc. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, or rewritten without permission. SurfKY News encourages you to share this story on social media.

Posted on 2/2/14
3/13 - 16
3/13 - 16

Most Read This Week

March 18, 2015 9464

UPDATE: Hanson Man Located in Henderson, Taken to…

by Trooper Stu Recke
March 25, 2015 4998

Fazoli's, Roses Coming to Madisonville

by Amber Averitt, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 4904

One Dies, Another Injured in Mortons Gap Traffic…

by Deputy Heath Owens
March 25, 2015 4805

Grand Jury Finds No Criminal Wrongdoing in Bean…

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 24, 2015 4057

UPDATE: One Injured in Hopkinsville Road Accident

by Doreen Dennis, SurfKY News
March 25, 2015 3747

Madisonville Man's Living Room Leap Lands Him in…

by Madisonville Police Department / Hopkins County Detention Center

Most Read This Month

February 25, 2015 13872

Multi-Agency Investigation Nets Large-Scale Meth…

by Trooper Stu Recke
March 09, 2015 12926

Multi-Agency Drug Bust Results in $1 Million Meth…

by KSP DESI

Stories Trending Today

March 27, 2015 2098

Three Arrested during Execution of Search…

by Madisonville Police Department/Hopkins County Detention Center
March 26, 2015 1499

‘Chasing Rainbow’ Heart Walk Raises Funds for AHA

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 26, 2015 1271

Two Injured after Jumping from Second Floor to…

by Charles W. Riley II, SurfKY News
March 26, 2015 1156

Baptist Health Honors Staff with Years of Service…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 26, 2015 1123

Madisonville Police Arrest Reports - March 26,…

by Madisonville Police Department
March 26, 2015 1070

Hopkins District Court Fines Handed Down

by Hopkins Court Clerk
March 26, 2015 972

Hopkins County Sheriff's Reports Released

by Hopkins County Sheriff's Office
March 26, 2015 950

Teams 'Dodge for the Cure' during Relay for Life…

by Tammy Holloway, SurfKY News
March 26, 2015 832

Kentucky, West Virginia Governors Offer Friendly…

by Office of the Governor
March 27, 2015 797

MPD Searching for Man Accused of Nearly Running…

by Madisonville Police Department