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.
Myasthenia Gravis Association (MGA) Note: unsecured Website
Coping With Myasthenia Gravis: Mastering Your Life by Aziz Shaibani... Bloomington, IN: AuthorHouse, 2021. 334 pages. Excellent source of helpful information about Myasthenia gravis including history, diagnosis, and treatment, with separate chapters by fifty MG patients telling their stories, along with expert comments at the conclusion of each. Recommended for those newly diagnosed as well as those living with MG.
Note: Persons with MG should consider:
(1) wearing a medical alert bracelet or necklace so that if you are injured or suddenly ill and unconscious, emergency medical personnel will know your name, MG condition, etc.
(2) carrying a card in your wallet listing all your medications, etc. including who to contact in case of an emergency.
Two sources: www.medicalert.org and www.roadid.com