Welcome to our website
Our website aims to provide information and insight into the life of an individual with Myasthenia Gravis.
The site will provide a description of the disease and its causes, its symptoms and treatment, aswell as an outlook to what the future might hold.
Myasthenia gravis is an autoimmune neuromuscular disorder, affecting 1 person in every 10,000 in the UK. It can start at any age from childhood onwards and the chance of developing it increases with age. The average age onset in females is 28 and in males is 42 years of age- however, in 10% of cases myasthenia gravis begins in childhood.
The defining feature of myasthenia gravis is painless muscle weakness that fatigues, with characteristic periods of exacerbation and remission. Symptoms typically get worse towards the end of the day and after exercise. It was first described in medical reports as early as 1672, but did not become named until the 1880's.
The prognosis of myasthenia gravis is generally good, and due to the array of therapies that are now available more than 90% of sufferers can return to an almost normal life.