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Living with Myasthenia

The Extraocular Muscles

The extraocular muscles are the six muscles that control the movements of the eyes.

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Author: Siobhan Yavanna

The Neuromuscular Junction

To understand myasthenia, it helps to understand how the neuromuscular junction should work.

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Author: Chris Albas-Martin

Myasthenia and Pregnancy

Read more about myasthenia and pregnancy

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Information for Schools/Colleges

Here, you will find advice on how to help people with myasthenia through the school day and some helpful tips on how you can enhance their overall school experience.

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What is Myasthenia

Myasthenia means muscle weakness

  • Myasthenia affects all ages and genders. It is treatable and can be brought under good control with medication. In some circumstances, it can be fatal.
  • It affects the muscles that let you move but not the automatic ones like your heart that you don't have to think about. Your brain tells your muscles to work, but the message doesn't get through.
  • Myasthenia gravis, ocular myasthenia and Lambert-Eaton myasthenic syndrome are autoimmune conditions whereas congenital myasthenic syndrome is caused by an inherited genetic fault.

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Member Stories

  • Zenaida and Maria's Story

    Read the incredible stories of Maria and Zenaida, who both come from a tiny village in Portugal and have myasthenia. Read more

  • Vicky's Story

    Vickey takes through her life journey with myasthenia. Read more

  • Sannah's Story

    Meet Sannah. Sannah was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis in 2014 and has since become a key fundraiser for myaware and is active in the Young Generation support group. Read more