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Treatment of Myasthenia Gravis

Our specially formulated Homeopathic treatment for myasthenia gravis can help you recover and stop the progression of myasthenia gravis.

What is Myasthenia Gravis?

Myasthenia gravis is a chronic condition that causes muscles to tire and weaken easily. For example, if you have myasthenia gravis, you may notice that during a meal, your jaw muscles become tired and weak, interfering with your ability to chew food. Sometimes, the muscles that control breathing, neck and limb movements are also affected.

In early stages, myasthenia gravis primarily affects muscles that control eye movement (extraocular muscles) and those that control facial expression, chewing, and swallowing. If untreated, the disorder may affect muscles that control breathing (respiration), causing acute respiratory failure.

This waxing-and-waning weakness of muscles, worsening with use and improving with rest, is a hallmark of this particular disease. There typically are periods when you may notice more symptoms, interspersed with periods when symptoms decrease or disappear.

Causes of Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune condition that affects the nerves and muscles. Autoimmune conditions are caused by the body’s immune system mistakenly attacking healthy tissue.

In myasthenia gravis, the immune system produces antibodies (proteins) that block or damage muscle receptor cells.

This prevents messages being passed from the nerve endings to the muscles, which results in the muscles not contracting (tightening) and becoming weak.

It’s not fully understood why some people’s immune systems produce specific antibodies that block the nerve’s signal to the muscle.

Signs and Symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis

The presentation of MG has the following characteristics:

  • The usual initial complaint is a specific muscle weakness rather than generalized weakness
  • Extraocular muscle weakness or ptosis is present initially in 50% of patients and occurs during the course of illness in 90%
  • The disease remains exclusively ocular in only 16% of patients
  • Rarely, patients have generalized weakness without ocular muscle weakness
  • Bulbar muscle weakness is also common, along with weakness of head extension and flexion
  • Limb weakness may be more severe proximally than distally
  • Isolated limb muscle weakness is the presenting symptom in fewer than 10% of patients
  • Weakness is typically least severe in the morning and worsens as the day progresses
  • Weakness is increased by exertion and alleviated by rest
  • Weakness progresses from mild to more severe over weeks or months, with exacerbations and remissions
  • Weakness tends to spread from the ocular to facial to bulbar muscles and then to truncal and limb muscles
  • About 87% of patients have generalized disease within 13 months after onset
  • Less often, symptoms may remain limited to the extraocular and eyelid muscles for years

Who gets Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis occurs in all ethnic groups and both genders. It most commonly affects young adult women (under 40) and older men (over 60), but it can occur at any age.

Myasthenia gravis is not directly inherited nor is it contagious. Occasionally, the disease may occur in more than one member of the same family.

Diagnosis of Myasthenia Gravis

Because weakness is a common symptom of many other disorders, the diagnosis of myasthenia gravis is often missed or delayed (sometimes up to two years) in people who experience mild weakness or in those individuals whose weakness is restricted to only a few muscles.

The first steps of diagnosing myasthenia gravis include a review of the individual’s medical history, and physical and neurological examinations. The physician looks for impairment of eye movements or muscle weakness without any changes in the individual’s ability to feel things. If the doctor suspects myasthenia gravis, several tests are available to confirm the diagnosis.

A special blood test can detect the presence of immune molecules or acetylcholine receptor antibodies. Most patients with myasthenia gravis have abnormally elevated levels of these antibodies. Recently, a second antibody—called the anti-MuSK antibody—has been found in about 30 to 40 percent of individuals with myasthenia gravis who do not have acetylcholine receptor antibodies. This antibody can also be tested for in the blood. However, neither of these antibodies is present in some individuals with myasthenia gravis, most often in those with ocular myasthenia gravis.

What are Myasthenic crises?

A myasthenic crisis occurs when the muscles that control breathing weaken to the point that ventilation is inadequate, creating a medical emergency and requiring a respirator for assisted ventilation. In individuals whose respiratory muscles are weak, crises—which generally call for immediate medical attention—may be triggered by infection, fever, or an adverse reaction to medication.

Treatment of Myasthenia Gravis

Although there’s no cure for myasthenia gravis in conventional treatments, treatments can help control the symptoms and improve muscle weakness.

Medication can be used to improve communication between the nerves and muscles, and to increase muscle strength.

Immunosuppressants are a type of medication used to improve muscle strength by controlling the production of abnormal antibodies.

In some cases of myasthenia gravis, surgery may be recommended to remove the thymus gland (a thymectomy). The thymus gland is found underneath the breastbone and is part of the immune system. It’s often abnormal in people with myasthenia gravis.

Homeopathic Treatment of Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia Gravis is due the faulty working of your immune system guided by genetic tendencies and other general factors.Myasthenia Gravis is a progressively deteriorating condition, and requires treatment that can arrest or control the disease progression. The specially formulated Homeopathic treatment at Welling Clinics works on your immune system, reversing the damage and stopping the progression gradually over time.

For best outcome, conventional allopathic treatment and Homeopathic speciality treatment from Welling Clinic for Myasthenia Gravis needs to be started together at the beginning and gradually our specialist will taper the allopathic steroid medicines.

Reference for more info:

http://www.webmd.com/brain/understanding-myasthenia-gravis-basics

http://www.medicinenet.com/myasthenia_gravis/article.htm

http://emedicine.medscape.com/article/1171206-overview

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Myasthenia-gravis/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/myasthenia_gravis/detail_myasthenia_gravis.htm

 

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