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Myasthenia Gravis?

hey im 13 with Myasthenia Gravis does ane1 hav this who is like atleast NEAR my age?I also have epstein barr and asthma.I know its not common but does ane1 no ane1 who has this in there teens?

It may be easier for you to locate others via a association for people with Myasthenia Gravis, such as
http://www.myasthenia.org/mgfa_chapters.cfm  (+ info)

myasthenia gravis?

How can you cure myasthenia gravis my bro got it wean he was 8 years but he is 20 now and he still cant walk and wean i was born i was 3 years old and i was walking i am 13 years old and i can walk but i take a drug to get My Legs strong but he still cant walk is their anyway we can cure it HELP

Enquire about thymectomy (removal of the thymus gland).
Otherwise, keep taking the medication, since it helps with the neurotransmitters at the neural endplate where the nerve interfaces with the muscle.
Because it's a permanent neurological illness, it can only be managed, not cured. Sorry.  (+ info)

Do you have myasthenia gravis and have either had a baby or are pregnant? What is your experience?

My husband and I are trying to conceive and I have myasthenia gravis. I have discussed everything with my doctor but I want advice from women who have gone through it.

I personally am not going through this, but I do know another girl that is currently pregnant due in July with her second baby and she does have myasthenia gravis. She had to stop taking some of her medications while she is pregnant. She has some pretty rough days, but for the most part she is doing amazingly. She really wants this baby, and she says everything that she is going through is so worth it.
She is very closely watched by her doctor and has biweekly Non Stress Tests, and biophysical fetal profiles. At around 25 weeks she had to be in the hospital for a week, but that quickly ended, and she was back at home in no time.
I wish you lots of good luck with TTC.  (+ info)

How can I find people with myasthenia gravis?

Hi, I have myasthenia gravis and I would like to find out how to find people who have it too. I know about the MDA.org, but I need more references. Please help.

if you google it and add forums to it, you may find some that way.  (+ info)

Why would a treatment involving inhibitors of cholisterase help alleviate symptoms of myasthenia gravis?

One treatment for myasthenia gravis involves inhibitors of cholinesterase (the enzyme that breaks down Ach in the synapse). Why would this help alleviate symptoms of this disease?

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What kind of diseases could be mistaken for Myasthenia Gravis?

I am trying to find some diseases/conditions that people can be misdiagnosed with when they really have Myasthenia Gravis. Can you help me, please?

I am looking for conditions that could be mistaken for Myesthenia Gravis.
Thank you for your source, and no, this is just for a homework assignment for my anatomy and physiology class. I've been doing my internet research, but when I looked at wrongdiagnosis.com, it didn't give me what I wanted, LOL.

I'm not really an expert on myesthenia gravis, but from the little bit of research I did before answering this question it looks like the main symptom of MG is muscle weakness. That is a pretty vague symptom and could be associated with a lot of other things. Here is the wiki article about muscle weakness. It has a list of conditions that involve muscle weakness:

Did you think you were misdiagnosed? Is that why you're asking? What are your symptoms?  (+ info)

Does anyone know anything about a condition called Myasthenia Gravis?

I have heard of a rare neurological condition called Myasthenia Gravis. It affects the muscles of the body and can stop breathing or swallowing and also walking. It can kill you if it gets bad enough. I have been told that it can be caused by the anti - epileptic drug Dilantin if this drug is taken long enough. Has anyone got any more information about this condition or do they know anyone who has it and leaned form first or second hand experience about it.

I don't know if you watch soap operas, but on Days of Our Lives the actress that plays Maggie (Suzanne Rogers) has it. That's how I heard about it. When she first found out she had it, you could sort of tell by her voice and her neck looked swollen. She must have gotten some treatment, because she seems fine now.

"Rogers proved to herself and all her devoted viewers that she could indeed conquer anything when she was diagnosed with Myasthenia Gravis in 1984. Initially, she was terrified. For one year, during which she took a hiatus from the show, Rogers developed horrible symptoms: she became emaciated, could barely speak and saw with double vision. With medication, therapy and remarkable inner strength, she combated her disease....Since that time, Rogers works to bestow her positive way of thinking on other Myasthenia Gravis patients. She sends cards and calls the afflicted all over the world to tell them of her battle and give them encouragement.
Suzanne is now in remission and lives a strong, healthy life."

Here's another link:


This page talks about the link between Dilantin and MG:

http://www.ispub.com/ostia/index.php?xmlFilePath=journals/ijn/vol10n2/myasthenia.xml  (+ info)

My friend was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis,he needs surgery to take out his thymus, what is thymus?

Where is the thymus, first time I've heard of this condition(myasthenia gravis),and if he will undergo surgery,how long does the surgery takes?

Thymus is located in the middle of you upper chest. Is part of the immune system. Mainly functional after birth for a short time until the infant starts to develop their own immunity. The thymus shrinks down to very little after that.

How long of surgery? Depends on the surgeon and if everything goes as planned.  (+ info)

Would a sore throat affect a CT scan for Myasthenia Gravis?

Hi y'all,

I've got a viral infection that I'm still trying to beat. I have a CT Scan in about 7 hours to check my thyroid for Myasthenia Gravis. I'm getting an MRI as well today. There is also a blood test today as well. Would the mucus from this infection through the scans off? Should I reschedule?

No, mucus will not block anything they are looking for on your imaging studies. It's all based on density, so it shouldn't be a problem. Make sure you tell them about your sore throat before your blood test. It could cause some changes that they should be aware of. Most likely not a problem though.

Good luck with your scans.  (+ info)

why ephedrine is given in myasthenia gravis?

what is the action of ephedrine if it is given in myasthenia gravis?

Ephedrine has been used for breathing problems, asthma, and nasal swelling/congestion caused by a cold or allergies. In the case of Myasthenia Gravis, it is used to prevent a myasthenic crisis (difficulty breathing).

Ephedrine is available in the US as a nonprescription medication for relief of breathing problems. It is rarely used because there are safer and more effective medications (e.g., albuterol, pseudoephedrine). It is a central nervous system stimulant that increases your heart rate/blood pressure, narrows your blood vessels (vasoconstriction), and opens up the lungs (bronchodilation).

Hope that answers your question!
Lauren  (+ info)

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