June is Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month, a month that is set aside each year to raise awareness of the chronic autoimmune neuromuscular disorder that affects millions of Americans. Myasthenia Gravis, which means “Grave Muscular Weakness”, is a condition that affects voluntary muscle groups and causes waves of weakness. It is caused by a breakdown of communication between the nerves and the muscles.
This condition can cause weakness in the appendages, chronic muscle fatigue, garbled speech, and limited facial expressions among other symptoms. The condition is caused by genetic factors in most cases but can also be caused by antibodies blocking muscle receptors or an oversized thymus gland in children.
Certain medications, illness, stress, and fatigue can worsen Myasthenia Gravis. This is why people who suffer from this condition are warned to stay away from people who they know have a respiratory illness or infection and manage any type of stress. Physical activity and eating a well balanced diet can lessen the effects of Myasthenia Gravis. The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America says that symptoms of MG start to appear between the ages of twenty and thirty in females and between fifty and sixty in male.
This month is meant to raise awareness of this condition because not a lot of people know about it. It is also meant to raise funds to help people who are living with MG as well as fund research for the condition.
To get involved in this month you can share the message with those around you as well as on your social media platforms to help to raise awareness of Myasthenia Gravis so that they can get involved in this month too! You can also donate to the cause which will help a ton of people who are living with the condition. It’s rare but it does affect people and we should all stand up against MG!