June is the Myasthenia Gravis Awareness Month that creates awareness regarding the myasthenia gravis (MG), supports the people living with Myasthenia Gravis, and creates connections for the MG community. This awareness month aims to boost the efforts regarding the fundraising, research, and advocacy to support people affected by Myasthenia Gravis.
Myasthenia Gravis is a disorder that occurred due to the breakdown in the communication between nerves and muscles because of an immunological problem. It caused the weakness and easy fatigue of the skeletal muscles used for the movement. It is characterized by the trouble talking, problems in walking up stairs or lifting objects, facial paralysis, difficulty in swallowing or chewing, fatigue, hoarse voice, drooping of eyelids, and double vision.
According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders (NORD), the prevalence of Myasthenia Gravis is approximately 14-40 per 100,000 individuals in the United States. It is most frequent among females in comparison to males. It affects people of any age group. It is most common in young adult women under 40 and older adult men over 60 years.