Monday, March 31, 2014

Can Nodule On Thyroid Discovered by a CT Scan be Associated with Myasthenia Gravis?

I was 62 years old when I began to be treated for myasthenia gravis . I'm 64 now. For various reasons I put off having the usually recommended CT of the thymus gland until a just a couple of weeks ago. My thymus was "unremarkable" - no growths and no thymoma but the CT showed a 2 cm nodule on the thyroid gland and a tiny spot on my lung. Since I have myasthenia gravis, a mystery disease, a growth on my thyroid opened up yet another possibility for detective work: could there be a connection?

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Deep Relaxation Proven Effective Management of Multiple Sclerosis Symptoms

Relax... It's The Healthy Choice For You.
Learn how to use deep relaxation to help you live more comfortably with Myasthenia Gravis, Multiple Sclerosis, Lupus and other autoimmune diseases. Stress has been shown to worsen the symptoms in those with autoimmune diseases. Deep relaxation helps to significantly reduce stressful reactions to circumstances.

You might not consider the word  'Relaxation' relevant when you think of multiple sclerosis (MS). For those with MS, just living with it is extremely stressful. During a flare up, even the easiest of physical tasks can seem impossible to accomplish. Coping with MS is a huge challenge for the those suffering with it and for their family and friends.

The impact of stress on MS episodes

A major study at the University of California (reported in

Myasthenia Crisis and TC Triggered by Emotional Stress - A Case Report

Said R Beydoun
Said R Beydoun, JingTian Wang, Reed Loring Levine and Ali Farvid 
Myasthenia gravis is a neuromuscular junction post-synaptic autoimmune disorder. Myasthenic crisis is characterized by respiratory failure requiring mechanical ventilation. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is a rare clinical syndrome defined as a profound but reversible left ventricular dysfunction in the absence of coronary artery disease.

Case presentation
We report a unique case of a 60-year-old Hispanic woman with myasthenia gravis who developed takotsubo cardiomyopathy and concomitant myasthenic crisis that appear to have been triggered by a stressful life event. On admission, she presented with severe mid-sternal chest pain and shortness of breath

Re-released Documentary - Beauty Does Lie: The Untold Stories of Autoimmune Diseases

Released: 2/25/2014 10:00 AM EST
Source Newsroom: American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association (AARDA - MARCH IS NATIONAL AUTOIMMUNE DISEASE AWARENESS MONTH 2014 Newswise —

Award-winning documentary filmmaker, Courtney G. Smith, has teamed up with the American Autoimmune Related Diseases Association, Inc. (AARDA) to raise awareness of autoimmune disease among African American women in 2014. The partnership will launch in March during National Autoimmune Disease Awareness Month with the reissuing of Smith’s groundbreaking documentary,

Friday, March 21, 2014

UK Women with MG loses weight despite Dr's prediction

by David Knights for Keighley News

Beth Blackwell was told that her medical condition, myasthenia gravis, meant she would not be able to lose weight.

But the Keighley woman proved her doctor wrong by losing 2st 9lbs in just six months, despite being unable to exercise.

Beth, who has the autoimmune disease, myasthenia gravis, puts her success down to joining Weight Watchers.

Can Diet and Vitamins Improve Symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis?

Myasthenia Gravis and Celiac Disease…Are they sisters/brothers in the Autoimmune Family? Can diet and vitamins improve or eliminate symptoms? I think the answer is yes.

I come from a family with an Aunt that has Lupus and Raynaud’s, 2 brothers with Type 1 Diabetes, I have MG and Celiac, Husband Celiac, all 3 children Celiac and one of my Daughters also got Graves Disease right as we caught the Celiac Disease. We saved her thyroid by diet, vitamins and on meds for one year. She is totally cured from Graves.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Marijuana user with myasthenis gravis shares personal experience

It's ironic that a state like Illinois has approved medical marijuana treatment for myasthenia gravis while at the same time reports that smoking weed may actually aggravate the symptoms. On the surface, at least chemically, there doesn't appear to be a conflict, perhaps other factors could be in play. The post below was found at CannibasRehab's forum and is re-posted here as strictly anecdotal information. To be fair, there are numerous reports that smoking or ingesting weed has no affect (on the symptoms of MG).
Hello anyone looking for information on whether the disease Myasthenia Gravis could be tied to, or affected by your smoking a lot of marijuana.