According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is "a chronic autoimmune, neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in the skeletal muscles that worsens after periods of activity and improves after periods of rest."
Myasthenia gravis (my-us-THEE-nee-uh GRAY-vis) is characterized by weakness and rapid fatigue of any of the muscles under your voluntary control. It's caused by a breakdown in the normal communication between nerves and muscles.
There's no cure for myasthenia gravis, but treatment can help relieve signs and symptoms, such as weakness of arm, leg and neck muscles, double vision, drooping eyelids, and difficulties with speech, chewing, swallowing and breathing.
This rare disease affects both men and women and occurs across all racial and ethnic groups. It is most common in young adult women (under 40) and older men (over 60), but it can occur at any age, including childhood.
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Coping With Myasthenia Gravis: Mastering Your Life by Aziz Shaibani... Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2021. 334 pages. Information about MG including history, diagnosis, treatment and separate chapters of 50 MG patients telling their stories, along with expert comments at the conclusion of each. Recommended. Excellent read and resource.
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