Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis is characterized by the weakness and rapid fatigue under your voluntary control of any of the muscles. It is caused by a breakdown in normal nervous / muscular communication. There is no cure for myasthenia gravis but treatment may help relieve signs and symptoms such as arm or leg muscle weakness, double vision, drooping eyelids, and speech, chewing , swallowing, and breathing difficulties. Although this disease may affect people of any age, it is more common in women under 40 and men over 60 years of age. While myasthenia gravis can affect all of the muscles you volunteer to monitor, some muscle groups are more commonly affected than others. Muscle weakness caused by myasthenia gravis worsens with use of the affected muscle. Since symptoms tend to improve with rest, muscle weakness can come and go.      

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