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Myasthenia gravis patient... can I go to the gym?

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silmarien 9 Sep 2011

I'd recommend against it. From Mayo Clinic, it says that your muscles weaken with repeated use, so lifting or doing heavy cardio on a high resistance setting sounds like a bad idea.

However it depends on which muscles are affected in your particular case. If it's only your eye muscles, then going to the gym (and doing a LIGHT workout) might be okay.

Ask your doctor before you go to the gym, though, he/she will be able to tell you whether or not it's safe or whether you'd be harming yourself even more.

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jmed4144 31 Jan 2012

I have MG (diagnosed 5 years). My neurologist wants me to work out (more than I want to). I suggest that you ask your neurologist. I don't think the person who recommended against it here, has or really knows much about MG and has misinterpreted the information on the Mayo Clinic site.

Roskini 31 Jan 2012

Yes! I waited until I got my medications right, but I've been doing aerobics for years. There is no reason not to exercise!

I have had some minor cramping as a result of MG (before starting an exercise program - the cramping was mostly due to the medication I was taking), but like I said before exercise is good for you!

My doctor told me not to lift weights, but that was due more to my high blood pressure.

I started cycling last year and it has helped me lose weight and lower my BP. The MG almost seems in remission! I am taking less medications for MG now than last year at this time!

jmed4144 31 Jan 2012

Sounds like you are doing great. I am one of the old guys (70) who gets it, and I mostly notice it with my eyes (lucky). I also am lucky that I have a friend in the department at the university who has had MG a few years longer than I and could serve to answer questions and be a support. My opinion based on everything I have learned is to keep on doing whatever activity you can and want to do.

health576 10 Nov 2012

There's a physician at Johns Hopkins who's conducted research on exercise and myasthenia gravis. Her results, I think, are on the myasthenia gravis foundation website. She worked with MG patients to determine the beneficial effects of exercise on MG.

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