Chances are you’ve never heard of Myasthenia Gravis, a condition that causes weaknesses in some muscles. Luckily, June is awareness month for this autoimmune disorder, so it’s a perfect time to describe it in more detail and talk about the symptoms.
While there is no cure for this disease that causes “rapid fatigue” of muscles, according to the Mayo Clinic there is treatment available. This is why identifying symptoms is so important. Here are seven key signs to look for to help your doctor decide it’s Myasthenia Gravis you’re suffering from…
1. Your Eyes are Usually Affected First
This disease tends to attack muscle groups used for movement, meaning they are muscles that you have voluntary control of. Weakness can often be detected in the eyelids first, and the weakness can cause one or both eyelids to droop.
Myasthenia Gravis can also affect your vision, notes the Mayo Clinic. More specifically, it can cause diplopia (double vision) that will correct itself if you close one eye. The double vision can be vertical or horizontal, adds the source.