June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness month. This is very important month for me as I have had this rare neuromuscular disease for a little over five years now.
Myasthenia Gravis or MG means “grave weakness”. It is an automimmune disease that affects the voluntary muscles of the body. The most common symptom of MG is ptosis which is a drooping eyelid or eyelids. That is how MG started with me. It can also cause double vision and other visual problems. For many people this is the extent of what they will have as MG symptoms. This is occular MG.
For others like me, other parts of the body are affected. This is then called generalized Myasthenia Gravis. Facial, neck, arm, trunk and the muscles that control chewing, swallowing and even breathing can be affected. I have had all of these symptoms but the most problematic only occur rarely. I also have general muscle weakness, fatigue and poor stamina.
I am doing what I can to promote this rare disease because it is believed that there are people that have it but are not properly diagnosed. Because there are treatments that work, it is so important to see your doctor if you have any symptoms listed here.
I’m promoting this on my blogs, website, Squidoo lenses, on Facebook and by writing letters and shipping boxes of information from the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America. Please help spread the word about MG.