Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month
Whether walking in the park, enjoying a night out on the town, or spending a day at the beach, the warm summer months are a time to get up and move. For those suffering from Myasthenia Gravis, simply enjoying a meal or carrying a beach towel can become a challenge. June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, and at LeBauer HealthCare we want to educate our patients about this disorder, and the treatment options available.
What is Myasthenia Gravis (MG)?
Myasthenia Gravis is a part of the vast class of conditions known as autoimmune disorders. In the case of MG, antibodies from the body’s immune system attack the neuromuscular junction, which is where nerves and muscles connect. This chronic condition causes muscles to quickly become weak and tired. The first symptoms of MG are often in the muscles controlling the eyes and eyelids, causing double vision or a drooping eyelid before spreading to other muscle groups. Patients commonly deal with symptoms that impact their ability to chew, swallow, smile, lift your arms, shrug, grip, walk up stairs, or stand. While there is no known cure for Myasthenia Gravis, treatments are available so that patients with MG can lead a full, active life.
If you would like to do more in recognition of Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, here are some suggestions of ways can get involved, from the Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America:
- Walk for MG – Taking place in more than 30 cities across the nation, MG Walks have raised over $3 million, while generating awareness, renewing hope, and creating a community of support and strength. If you can’t make it to an MG Walk, sign up for the Virtual Walk. Visit mgwalk.org for more details.
- Get Social – According to Pew Research Center, over 50 percent of adults use more than one social media site a day. Share your personal story on social media and encourage others to do the same. Tell everyone you have MG, share your experiences with MG, and let them know what they can do to help raise awareness and research funds for MG.
- Give Thanks – Hug your caregivers, family and friends, and remind them that they are special for taking care of you and supporting you through the many trials and tribulations of living with MG.
- Encourage Others – Many patients with chronic illnesses struggle to find hope and support to get through the day. Take time to ask a fellow MG’er how they’re doing, wish them good health, and encourage them to talk to you if they need to voice their frustration. If there is a local patient with MG and in the hospital, stop by for a visit. MG may bring them to low places and dark days, so let them know that you care.
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Whether you’re suffering from Myasthenia Gravis, or any other neurological condition, the experts at LeBauer HealthCare can help diagnose and treat your symptoms. Find a LeBauer office near you to schedule an appointment, or give us a call at 336-547-1792. We look forward to speaking with you.