Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Finally, An Answer

(Please remember, this was first published  June, 2009)

"No doubt, it is Myasthenia Gravis".

These words were heard from Dr. Oh with some anxiety but mostly with relief. Most people wait much longer for a diagnosis and a treatment plan. We are thankful for good doctors!

From the National Institute of Health:

What is myasthenia gravis?
Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease characterized by varying degrees of weakness of the skeletal (voluntary) muscles of the body. The name myasthenia gravis, which is Latin and Greek in origin, literally means "grave muscle weakness." With current therapies, however, most cases of myasthenia gravis are not as "grave" as the name implies. In fact, for the majority of individuals with myasthenia gravis, life expectancy is not lessened by the disorder.
The hallmark of myasthenia gravis is muscle weakness that increases during periods of activity and improves after periods of rest. Certain muscles such as those that control eye and eyelid movement, facial expression, chewing, talking, and swallowing are often, but not always, involved in the disorder. The muscles that control breathing and neck and limb movements may also be affected.