Caused by an anomalous breakdown of regular communication between nerves and muscles, Myasthenia Gravis is a chronic condition characterized by muscle weakness and fatigue. It is a chronic condition that affects the muscles that are under one’s voluntary control, whose efficacy worsens with use and improves with rest. Though anyone can develop Myasthenia Gravis, it is most commonly observed in women aged 20 – 40 years and men aged 50 – 70 years. Unfortunately, there is no cure for this ailment and treatment seeks to relieve the symptoms and aid routine functioning of the body in daily life. The signs that may signal the onset of this condition are as follows.
Myasthenia Gravis is known to cause Ptosis or drooping of the upper eyelid. This is amongst the first signs to present in most patients and occurs due to the weakness of the levator palpebrae superioris. It is common for the eyelids to be excessively droopy when the affected individual is suffering from lack of sleep, and muscles fatigue is thus compounded. The condition gets progressively worse if left unchecked.