Myaware is the name for the Myasthenia Gravis Association. MGA has been around since May 1976. We support people with myasthenia and their families, increase public and medical awareness of the condition and raise funds for research and support staff. Members of myaware can access our free benefits and counselling services.

If you’ve just been diagnosed with myasthenia, you’ve come to the right place. Our aim is to make your life easier. We provide information, advice and support. Call us now or join myaware online. You will have free access to our resource centre which includes advice on everything from the latest medical developments and treatments to how to negotiate the benefits system. You can also get in touch with other members who understand what you are going through.

 

Science Lesson

 

It helps to understand the science behind myasthenia. Here is our basic explanation.

Your brain sends electrical waves to your nerves to move the muscles. This sends hundreds of AC h (Acetyl-Choline) antibodies to the nerve endings. Let’s call these keys.

Upon the muscle is the AC h receptor, the lock.

The keys arrive at the lock and switch the muscles into action. Normally, there are more keys than necessary, so the chemical AChe (Acetyl-Choline Esterase) gets rid of the extra keys and the muscle relaxes again. 

In myasthenia an immune attack destroys many of the locks so there are too few to trigger the muscles. Drugs like Mestinon (pyridostigmine) stop the AChe from getting rid of the keys so there is a better chance of them getting to the locks. 


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