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June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, and the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America wants you to learn more about this neuromuscular condition that affects so many Americans.

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular condition that primarily affects the muscles, and is characterised by weakness or fatigue of the muscles. Symptoms of myasthenia gravis are most severe in adults, but symptoms can begin at any age. There are several types of myasthenia gravis, primarily depending on the area of the body that they affect.  For instance, ocular myasthenia gravis primarily affects the muscles that are responsible for controlling the movement of the eyes, the area around the eyes and eyelids.  When these muscles become weak as a result of the condition, the person may suffer from drooping eyelids, double vision or other problems. Ocular myasthenia gravis affects as many as 15% of persons diagnosed with this condition.

Another form of the condition is general myasthenia gravis, characterized by symptoms across the body. These may include not just double vision and drooping eyelids, but also breathing difficulties, severe muscular fatigue after performing an activity, muscular weakness, problems in swallowing, and other problems.

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Imagine a condition that leads to symptoms like slurred speech and weakened muscles, double vision, with symptoms only worsening with an increase in activity. A condition like this is called myasthenia gravis, and it is believed to affect thousands of Americans.

This is an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that mainly affects the voluntary muscles of the body. Persons who suffer from myasthenia gravis suffer from a number of common symptoms that include drooping eyelids, slurred speech, double vision, difficulty in swallowing, difficulty in chewing, muscular weakness, weakness in the arms and legs, chronic muscular fatigue, inability to make facial expressions, problems in talking and even respiratory difficulties.

Myathenia Gravis.jpgWith a combination of these symptoms, it is not so surprising that a person who suffers from myasthenia gravis quickly finds that his ability to work and earn an income is dramatically reduced.

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