What is myasthenia gravis?
Myasthenia gravis, often referred to as MG, is a neuromuscular condition that occurs when a defect in the body’s immune system causes it to create antibodies against its own muscle tissue. The result is severe muscle fatigue, which can often cause blurry or double vision, drooping eyelids, impaired speech, and weakness throughout the body.
Who does MG affect?
MG is commonly found in women under the age of 40 and men over the age of 60, but symptoms can occur at any age. The disorder affects between 20,000 to 200,000 people every year.
What are common symptoms of MG?
Many conditions present similar symptoms to MG. For instance, fibromyalgia and rheumatoid arthritis patients commonly experience chronic fatigue; people with lupus may have migraines and joint pain; and people with multiple sclerosis (MS) may feel tingling or prickling sensations throughout the body and face. Since there is limited research on MG, it tends to get overlooked as a possible diagnosis.
Commonly reported symptoms:
- Drooping of one or both eyelids
- Blurry or double vision
- Change in facial expression
- Impaired speech
- Unstable or waddling gait
- Weakness in limbs, neck, arms, or hands
If you find yourself experiencing any of these symptoms, consult your physician immediately.
How does ARJ treat MG?
Early treatment makes a difference—and IVIg therapy is available for patients in the home.
ARJ nurses are experts at administering IVIg infusion treatments, which involves intravenously introducing normal antibodies into the body to alter the immune response. With regular treatment, people with MG can find relief.
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