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Myasthenia Gravis

WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is a long-term disease that causes severe muscle weakness.

DISCHARGE INSTRUCTIONS:

Call your local emergency number (911 in the US) or have someone call if:

  • You have severe breathing problems.

Call your doctor or neurologist if:

  • You have a fever.
  • You have diarrhea.
  • You have more weakness than usual.
  • You are having problems swallowing.
  • You are depressed and feel that you cannot cope with your illness.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Medicines:

You may need any of the following:

  • Anticholinesterase medicine helps improve energy and strength.
  • Steroid medicine or other immunosuppressives slow your immune system and the progression of MG.
  • Take your medicine as directed. Contact your healthcare provider if you think your medicine is not helping or if you have side effects. Tell him or her if you are allergic to any medicine. Keep a list of the medicines, vitamins, and herbs you take. Include the amounts, and when and why you take them. Bring the list or the pill bottles to follow-up visits. Carry your medicine list with you in case of an emergency.

Home safety:

A 4-pronged (pointed) cane or a walker may help you feel safer when you walk. Remove rugs and loose carpeting from the floor to help prevent falls. Chairs with side arms and hard cushions may make it easier to get up or out of a chair. Put grab bars on the walls beside toilets and inside showers and bathtubs. These will help you get up after using the toilet or after bathing. You may want to put a shower chair inside the shower.

Fall Prevention for Seniors

For support and more information:

  • Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America, Inc.
    355 Lexington Avenue, 15th Floor
    New York , NY 10017
    Phone: 1- 800 - 541-5454
    Web Address: http://www.myasthenia.org

Follow up with your doctor or neurologist as directed:

Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

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