Myasthenia Gravis mean "Grave muscle
weakness." Myasthenia gravis is a auto-immune
disorder, characterized by progressive muscle fatigue
and weakness. Usually involves muscles around the
eyes, mouth, throat and limbs. Usually occurs between
age group of 20 and 40, and more common in women.
|What are the causes?
This is an auto-immune disorder. The
body produces antibodies to a receptor called acetylcholine,
at the level of the junction between the microscopic
nerve cells and in the muscles, and leads to a defect
in neuro-muscular transmission. Some patients show
enlargement of thymus gland. Cancer of lungs is also
suspected in some cases.
|What are the signs
The symptoms start with unexplainable
fatigue. We can observe the drooping eyelids, loss
of normal facial expression and difficulty in speaking.
The victim suffers with double vision , difficulty
in swallowing and breathing. He or she will express
extreme weakness of the arms and legs characterized
especially after little exertion.
Choking from swallowing difficulty,
respiratory infections and respiratory paralysis are
the possible complications. No special diet. Soft
diet may be necessary if chewing and swallowing are
|How to diagnose?
Diagnosis is made by complete history
and physical examination. Tests include laboratory
studies of antibodies in the blood, immuno-precipitation
test for acetylcholine receptor autoantibodies (ACHRAB
Assay), electromyograph, the electrical muscle test
and chest X-ray.
What is the treatment?
Mostly it is believed that this condition
is currently considered incurable. Life expectancy
is reduced but patients usually live many years with
the disease. Homoeopathic research into the causes
and treatment continues, so there is hope for increasingly
effective treatment and cure.
Anticholinesterase agents, thymectomy
and immunosuppressant treatment in modern medicine
will not cure the disease. Remission occurs in all
cases. They do not repond to such therapy later. The
most suitable therapy could be Homoeopathy. First
the treatment is directed towards controlling the
symptoms. Since this disorder is a auto immune disorder,
it is well treated with Homoeopathic Medicines without
any side-effects. I had treated satisfactorily with
constitutional medicines.The results kept me surprised!