Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of Illinois, Inc.
310 W Lake St
Elmhurst, IL 60126
To facilitate the timely diagnosis and optimal care of Illinois residents affected by myasthenia gravis and to improve their lives through programs of patient services, public information, medical research, professional education, advocacy and patient care.
Facts and Statistics
Myasthenia Gravis (MG) is a neuromuscular autoimmune disease that affects about 1 person in 10,000.
In Illinois there are therefore approximately 1200 MG patients and in the Chicago metropolitan area there are around 800.
Myasthenia Gravis can strike anyone at any age. MG is a highly misdiagnosed autoimmune disease in which communication between nerve and muscle is impaired, causing weakness.
Its primary symptoms, alone or in any combination are:
- Droopy eyelid(s),
- Weak arms, hands, neck, face or legs,
- Difficult chewing, smiling, swallowing, talking, breathing or shallow respiration,
- Blurred or double vision,
- Sense of balance difficulty or undue fatigue.
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