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Living with Myasthenia

The Extraocular Muscles

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


Author: Siobhan Yavanna

The Neuromuscular Junction

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


Author: Chris Albas-Martin

Myasthenia and Pregnancy

Read more about myasthenia and pregnancy



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.



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

  • Richard's Story

    Richard's concerned about the impact myasthenia will have on his life, particularly as he lives on his own. Read more

  • Patti and The Railway Man

    Patti Lomax is better placed to talk about myasthenia than most as she has been married to two people who had myasthenia gravis, one of whom was the Railway Man, Eric Lomax. Read more

  • Jimmy's Story

    Jimmy has congenital myasthenia. From the age of nine, he was unable to stand and has been reliant on a wheelchair. Until he started trialing a new drug... Read more