Friday, February 14, 2014

Generalized Myasthenia Gravis Symptoms Appear Suddenly to Missouri Family

The Carlsons or Carthage / From Carlson Family Photos posts articles and links to stories about individuals and familes that are dealing with the challanges of myasthenia gravis. Perhaps by reading these stories we can gain a some insight and perspective as we deal with our own issues.

Below is the story of the Carlsons and the mysterious visitor that came into their lives just a few months ago.

By Rebecca Haines of The Carthage Press
Posted Feb. 12, 2014 @ 10:32 am

The Carlsons were so excited to move their restaurant, Rumor Has It, onto the Square in December 2013. Owners Lee and Lilly adjusted to their busy life; he in the restaurant, she with her childcare service at home, and their five active children. But nothing could prepare them for what happened around Christmastime.

“I was catering an event when my eyes wouldn't stay open,” Lee said. “Now I'm a stubborn person; I would come to work if I had a leg dangling.”

It was soon after that, Lee experienced multiple other symptoms he could not ignore. For six days, he was unable to eat or drink anything. He couldn't see, and couldn't hardly breathe. When Lee and Lilly went to the ER, it seemed as though Lee was having a stroke – but after several tests and doctors' evaluations, Lee and Lilly quickly learned of myasthenia gravis (MG).

“It's called the 'snowflake disease' because no two cases are the same,” Lee said. “It could be a lot worse. Some people live with it for two to three years before they have a diagnosis.”

MG is a chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disease that causes weakness in various muscles. In Lee's case,

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