Myasthenia Gravis

About Your Care and Condition

With myasthenia gravis, early detection can help you reduce its impact. Myasthenia gravis can be fickle. You'll have periods of wellness, then days that you feel weak. Working together with an expert, you can look forward to maintaining a good energy level and strength. The Spectrum Health neurology team knows every medical avenue to outsmart your symptoms.

Myasthenia gravis is a chronic autoimmune disorder. It occurs when acetylcholine receptors that send signals to muscles aren't working right. This makes muscles feel weak, even though there is nothing actually wrong with the muscle. It results in a feeling of muscle fatigue that can be anywhere in your body. Symptoms are frustrating and unpredictable: randomly drooping eyelids, slurred speech or intermittent difficulty swallowing. Women usually see symptoms by ages 20 to 30, with men usually after age 50. Fortunately, there are effective medicines to keep this lifelong condition under control, or even in remission.