Myasthenia Awareness Month

 

BACK TO MAIN INDEX

 

June is Myasthenia Awareness Month!

 

What is Myasthenia?

Myasthenia gravis is a rare long term condition that causes muscle weakness. It most commonly affects the muscles that contro the eyes, eyelids, facial experessions, chewing, swallowing, and speaking.  It can also affect most parts of the body.

It can affect people of any age, typically starting in women under 40 and men over 60 years of age.

 

What are the symptoms?

  • Droopy eyelids
  • Double vision
  • Difficulty making facial expressions
  • Problems chewing and difficulty swallowing
  • Slurred speech
  • Weak arms, legs or neck
  • Shortness of breath and occasionally serious breathing difficulties
  • Symptoms tend to get worse when you are tired.  Many people find that they are better the next day after getting some sleep and/or rest.
 

When to visit the surgery

Make an appointment to see a clinician is you have long-lasting or worrying symptoms that caused by myasthenia. You’ll be asked about your symptoms and medical history.  You may be referred to a specialist for tests to help diagnosis myasthenia.  Tests may include a blood test, nerve testing and scans.

 

What is the treatment for myasthenia?

  • Avoiding triggers
  • Medicine to improve muscle weakness
  • Surgery to remove the thymus gland if symptoms are extreme.
  • If symptoms suddenly get worse (such as developing severe breathing or swallowing difficulties) you may need urgent treatment in hospital.
 

Want more information?

Head to the myaware website where you can find out about further support of myasthenia.

To sign up, please visit the Myaware website.

Published: Jun 3, 2024