Sunday, April 14, 2013

Myasthenia Gravis Will Travel

One of the odd things about having Myasthenia Gravis is how the muscle weakness can travel from one area of the body to another.I never know where it's going to show up. At one time of the day it can hit only the thighs or maybe the hip area and later it could be the eyes - one or both. Localized and random. And there can be times that it hits everywhere at the same time. Said another way; the symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis can show up anywhere at anytime. Or not at all. That's one of the reasons that it's so hard to
diagnose. When I was searching for answers, my first two appointments with the doctor were in the morning. All  I could do was describe what was happening because there wasn't much for her to see.

 Mornings can be close to symptom free for people with Myasthenia Gravis.So, if you want your doctor to see the symptoms, like your droopy eye or slurred speech, think about making your appointment as late in the day as possible. And chew gum for several minutes before the doctor sees you if you have bouts with dysasaria .

Sometimes the traveling part of Myasthenia Gravis can bring a pleasant surprise. For example, if you have one area that's always affected - like the muscles around the hips - but suddenly one morning it moves to your shoulder and neck area. That might give you a day without waddling like a penguin - even if it appears to others that your head is too heavy to hold up.

Most of us that know that we have MG understand the traveling and the changing symptoms. But for the person that's trying to figure out what the heck is wrong with them, the traveling symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis can appear to be completely different issues and not thought of as possibly being the same  problem.

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