What is Myasthenia Gravis and what are the symptoms?
Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic auto-immune disease that is characterized by fluctuating, muscle weakness, and excessive muscle fatigue. The body’s immune system, in the form of antibodies, attacks and damages the nerve signal reception areas on the muscles – causing a breakdown in communication between nerve and muscle; this results in a loss of effectiveness of the muscle. The disease can vary in severity and distribution of weakness between individuals, and symptoms fluctuate with relapses and remissions.
My twin sister was diagnosed with this over 23 years ago after a long and tedious journey to find out what was the matter with her.
One treatment for MG if drugs have not helped is the removal of the thymus gland. The thymus gland is located in the upper centre of your chest, and removal of this gland (thymectomy) may reduce or eliminate…
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