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Myasthenia Gravis in San Antonio

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Myasthenia gravis is a condition that results in weakness and fatigue of voluntary muscles. The condition is caused by a breakdown in the signals between the nerves and muscles in the body. At Neuromuscular and EMG Specialists of Texas, we offer exceptional care for patients with myasthenia gravis in San Antonio. Our extensive experience and advanced technology ensure a prompt and accurate diagnosis.

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Signs & Symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis is caused by antibodies that block or destroy certain neurotransmitter receptor sites in the muscles. This results in muscle weakness, as the muscles do not receive all signals sent by the nerves. Myasthenia gravis can develop in patients of any age but it is most commonly seen in women under the age of 40 and men over 60. The condition can affect any voluntary muscles.

The signs of myasthenia gravis include:

  • Drooping eyelids
  • Double vision
  • Trouble chewing and swallowing
  • Changes in speech sounds
  • Difficulty smiling
  • Weakness in the face and throat
  • Weakness in the arms, legs, and neck

Muscles become weaker with excessive use, but weakness may improve with rest. As a result, symptoms may get worse or better, depending on the amount of exertion you put on the muscle. Myasthenia gravis gets progressively worse over time until it reaches a peak a few years after its onset. Testing for myasthenia gravis may include a neurological exam, repetitive nerve stimulation, and single fiber electromyography (EMG).

Finding the Most Effective Treatment for Myasthenia Gravis

Myasthenia gravis can be treated by medications – including cholinesterase inhibitors, corticosteroids, and immunosuppressants – intravenous therapy, and surgery. The prescription drug Soliris is an option for people who are unable to tolerate conventional therapies. Because the symptoms of myasthenia become worse with stress, fatigue, and illness, rest and stress-reduction techniques are a beneficial part of any treatment plan.

If you are experiencing the symptoms of myasthenia gravis, contact us at (210) 962-5557 for more information about our services.

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