Myasthenia gravis is a rare medical condition that affects the muscles in the body particularly the skeletal muscles. The skeletal muscles are responsible for the movement of the body. The condition occurs when the communication between the nerve cells and the muscles are impaired. The impairment will cause muscle weakness due to the inability of the muscles to contract
The affected muscles are the muscles that can be controlled consciously by a person. What’s happening is that the muscles can’t contract or move because there is no proper transmission of impulses from the nerve cells. When an electrical impulse from the nerve cells can’t reach the muscles, the muscles won’t respond or contract accordingly which will eventually cause weakness of the muscles.
The signs and symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis are the following:
- Trouble breathing in the chest area because of muscle weakness
- There is drooling because of facial paralysis
- Talking may be difficult
- There is difficulty in climbing stairs or lifting objects
- Swallowing and chewing is also impaired
- Fatigue or feelings of being very tired
- Double vision is also common
- Hoarse voice
The symptoms of myasthenia gravis will vary from one individual to the other. Some people may exhibit all the symptoms while others don’t. If left untreated the severity of the symptoms would increase.
Cause of Myasthenia Gravis
Myasthenia gravis is a form of the neuromuscular disorder that is caused by an autoimmune problem. An autoimmune disorder occurs when the body’s immune system attacks the body’s own healthy tissues. In myasthenia gravis, the immune system attacks the acetylcholine substance which is the neurotransmitter needed to allow communication between the nerve cells and muscles.
It is not yet understood as to why the immune system attacks this substance but one theory explains that the attack may be prompted by a certain viral or bacterial infection.
If you think you are suffering from Myasthenia Gravis you should seek medical assistance. You may also be entitled to Social Security Disability Benefits. The SSA considered Myasthenia Gravis as a medical condition that would make you eligible for SSDI and SSI. Social Security Administration (SSA) maintains a “Listing of Medical Impairments” (known as the blue book) that automatically qualify you for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI).