Muscle weakness is one of the most common myasthenia gravis symptoms. The muscle weakness experienced by an individual suffering from this condition may get worst since the muscles are commonly used repeatedly. In addition, the weakness on these muscles may come and go but usually progresses over some time and can reach its worst stage within a couple of years after its onset.
Initial manifestation of myasthenia gravis commonly involves the eye muscles (also known as the ocular muscles). Having double visions (Diplopia) and drooping of the eyelids (Ptsosis) are common to people with this condition though muscle weakness on the face and throat (bulbar symptoms) are experienced by majority of patients. Usually, weakness of the facial muscles results in a “flat” or “bland” facial expression. If muscle weakness involves laryngeal area, it may cause voice impairment (known as dsyphonia) that may increase the risk of the patient to aspiration and choking. An individual having this condition may also experience difficulty in swallowing and chewing. Patients usually experience difficulty in eating and drinking since most of the muscles affected are the muscles used for this activity. There are even cases that some of the liquids that a patient is trying to swallow may come out of their nose.
If you think that facial muscle weakness is your only concern, think again. Myasthenia gravis symptoms are not limited to facial muscle weakness but can also affect muscle activity of neck, arms and legs. In addition, there are certain cases that myasthenia gravis can also affect intercostal muscles (muscles surrounding the lung area) which can result in a decrease vital capacity and may even lead to respiratory failure. Upper limbs are more commonly affected compared to legs. If this condition affects your lower limbs then you may experience “waddling” when walking. If your neck muscles are the ones affected then you may have a hard time raising your neck or holding it upright.
Myasthenia gravis is a condition that affects voluntary muscles making them weak. The symptoms given above should be discussed with a medical professional specializing in this condition for the individual to have the best medical support and medication they immediately need. In addition, it is advisable for one to seek professional help once they have experienced difficulty in breathing, swallowing, chewing, seeing, walking, using your arms and hands and even holding your head up. This condition is not something that should be taken lightly and should be given proper and immediate medical attention. Once diagnosed, it is advisable for one to follow medical procedures seriously.
The myasthenia gravis symptoms mentioned above may or may not be present in all patients. If you think that you may be already suffering from this disease, ask your doctor right away. Since the onset of the disease is usually sudden and abrupt, it is better if you seek help from your doctor during the early signs of the given myasthenia gravis symptoms above are experienced for immediate medical observation and also for your doctor to treat the condition as soon as possible.