Myasthenia Gravis, A Few Facts

Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune disorder that affects the neuromuscular system, which involves all nerves and the muscles that control them. The cause is unknown, and it is most common in younger women and older men, but can happen at any age. In some people the cause is thought to be related to a tumor on the thymus, which is an immune system organ.

 

The hallmark symptom of myasthenia gravis is muscle weakness, this can present itself in many different ways including shortness of breath or breathing difficulty from chest wall muscles, chewing or swallowing problems, drooling, difficulty climbing stairs, rising from seated position, difficulty lifting objects, drooping head, drooping facial muscles, difficulty talking, facial paralysis, fatigue, double vision, voice hoarseness, and difficulty looking straight ahead.

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How Does Diabetes Affect the Digestive System?

If you’ve recently been diagnosed with diabetes or have been living with the disease for a while, you’re more than likely familiar with possible complications, like kidney disease, vision loss, and even amputations. But it’s important to note that poorly controlled type 2 diabetes can also affect other parts of your body, including your digestive system, and that the longer you’ve lived with diabetes, the more likely it may be that you could experience these types of problems.

In fact, some research suggests 75 percent of people visiting diabetes clinics report having significant gastrointestinal symptoms.

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What Causes Weight Loss in Parkinson’s Disease

If you have Parkinson’s disease (PD), you may feel that one of the few benefits of PD is weight loss, but that’s not necessarily true. Weight loss in people with Parkinson’s disease isn’t universal, but approximately four times as many people with Parkinson’s disease lose weight when compared to people of a similar age and background who do not have the disease. Most of the time, the weight loss is only mild to moderate, but some people have lost upwards of 40 or 50 pounds after their diagnosis.

Weight loss may be a “red flag” indicating more severe disease since those who experience weight loss have been found to have a faster worsening of their disease statistically. Weight loss appears to be more common in women with Parkinson’s disease than with men and increases with age as well as higher doses of levodopa.

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Treatment for LEMS Can Benefit Myasthenia Gravis Patients, Study Reports

A therapy that European regulators approved for treating Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome (LEMS) can help manage myasthenia gravis symptoms, a study reports.

The findings on Firdapse appeared in the Journal of Clinical Neuroscience. The title of the article is “3,4-Diaminopyridine for the treatment of myasthenia gravis with electrophysiological patterns of Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome.”

Myasthenia gravis and LEMS are autoimmune disorders that share a common cause —  abnormal interaction between nerve cells and muscles. This is due to overproduction and accumulation of antibodies that block communication signals.

Doctors can often distinguish between the two disorders. One reason is that in many cases, they have different manifestations. They also respond differently to stimulation and to cholinesterase inhibitors — a standard treatment for muscle disorders.

But some patients have characteristics of both diseases, posing a diagnostic and treatment challenge.

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Scientists identified key factor in development of Parkinson’s disease

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic, irreversible disease, and it is the leading cause of disability in people over the age of 60 — affecting nearly one million people in the United States and 7-10 million worldwide. It is the 14th leading cause of death in the United States and the second leading neurological cause of death, behind Alzheimer’s disease. The disease can occur either early or late in life, and its symptoms — tremors, slow movements, difficulty walking — get progressively worse over time.

The risk of developing the disease is thought to be determined by both genetic and environmental factors.

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The 5 Most Common Narcissistic Abuse Recovery Mistakes

If you’ve struggled with your narcissistic abuse recovery, or been in a state where one step forward is followed by two steps back, I hope with all my heart that today’s Thriver TV Episode will be incredibly helpful for you.

Why do I think it will?

Because today I go through with you the most common mistakes that people make when trying to heal from the terrible trauma of narcissistic abuse.

I can’t wait to share this information with you (that is so obvious when you realise it) yet requires us to wake up from a trance to finally understand – True Recovery is NOT what we have been told it is!

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New study to establish evidence for myasthenia gravis treatments

For the first time, patients and clinicians may have empirical evidence for the best treatments for myasthenia gravis, thanks to a newly funded research project led by Donald Sanders, MD, and Pushpa Narayanaswami, MD (Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School), and funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI).

A variety of treatments exist for this rare but debilitating, potentially fatal condition. However, clinicians still don’t have strong evidence for how these treatments compare in alleviating symptoms or long-term management of the disease. In addition, the ideal treatment for an individual varies based on that person’s disease severity, age, gender, and other factors. The $2.5 million PCORI contract will allow Sanders and Narayanaswami to follow roughly 200 patients from across the United States and Canada for two years each.

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Myasthenia Gravis & Drug Interactions

If you have myasthenia gravis, it’s not unusual to be taking multiple medications. How do those drugs interact with drugs for infection, pain, or other illnesses, or with the over-the-counter (OTC) medications and supplements that can be found in most people’s medicine chests?

The topic of “Myasthenia Gravis and Drug Interactions” was addressed at Conquer MG’s October 2016 patient seminar in Oak Lawn, Illinois. Our speaker was Mitra Habibi, PharmD, from the University of Illinois at Chicago College of Pharmacy. Doctor Habibi is a clinical pharmacist; she works with physicians to coordinate care and medications for patients in the hospital setting. She also teaches at the University.

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Why Daughters of Narcissists Are Drawn to Narcissistic Men

Due to the first blueprint for romantic relationships being molded by their toxic fathers, daughters of narcissistic fathers run the risk of engaging in a trauma repetition cycle and ending up in unhealthy relationships or friendships in adulthood.

Daughters of narcissistic fathers may find themselves being retraumatized by predators who are very similar to their first male ‘role model.’ This is not their fault: anyone can be targeted by a malignant narcissist regardless of their trauma history and anyone can be affected by the effects of trauma.

Yet it is important to consider that childhood abuse survivors may be especially vulnerable to grandiose, narcissistic types not only due to their deeper core wounds and beliefs but also the narcissist’s own predatory behavior.

Toxic narcissistic types tend to find a great deal of narcissistic supply in those who have empathy, compassion, and resources, as well as psychological resilience built up from trauma (Frankenhuis & de Weerth, 2013). The resilience of survivors may, at first glance, seem like an odd trait to pinpoint in this context, but it is actually one that the abusive narcissist depends on in the abuse cycle.

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RESEARCH TEAM STUDYING GENETIC COMPONENT OF TRIGEMINAL NEURALGIA

About eight years ago, Shushanik Abrahamyan began experiencing severe pain in her face. Conventional analgesics seemed to have no effect and doctors in her native Armenia were at a loss as to what was causing it.

When she would go to a party, the pain would commence as soon as the band began to play. She had to leave immediately.

Some physicians thought it might be some kind of severe migraine and her friends and family began to think she might be imagining it. “Nobody took her seriously,” said Abrahamyan’s daughter, Ana Nahapetyan.

The pain was like a severe jolt in her molars. Abrahamyan asked dentists to remove the teeth, but she was turned down. They seemed healthy. Finally she found a dentist who would do it for her and in the end, six of her teeth were pulled. The pain persisted.

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