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What Is Myasthenia Gravis?

Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disorder, which occurs when the immune system malfunctions and attacks the body's own tissues and organs.


MG is caused by a combination of ongoing anxiety coupled with depression producing feelings of entrapment/restriction. It occurs when communication between nerve cells and muscles becomes impaired.

Who gets Myasthenia Gravis?

  • Myasthenia Gravis affects both men and women and occurs across all racial and ethnic groups.

  • It most commonly impacts young adult women (under 40) and older men (over 60).

  • It can occur at any age, including childhood.

  • Is not inherited nor is it contagious.


Muscle weakness caused by Myasthenia Gravis worsens as the affected muscle is used. Symptoms usually improve with rest, muscle weakness can come and go.


How is Myasthenia Gravis diagnosed?

  • Neurological examination.

  • Edrophonium test.

  • Ice pack test.

  • Blood analysis.

  • Repetitive nerve stimulation.

  • Single-fiber electromyography (EMG).

  • Imaging.

  • Pulmonary function tests.

How is Myasthenia Gravis treated?

  • Food selections.

  • Self-care.

  • Medications.

  • Herbal supplements.

  • Counseling.