Myasthenia Gravis (abbreviated MG) is considered to be an autoimmune neuromuscular disease that leads to muscle weakness and fatigue. It is a disorder in which weakness is caused by circulating substances that block acetylcholine receptors at the neuromuscular junction, which inhibits the stimulative effect of acetylcholine (a neurotransmitter needed for muscle action). The condition is commonly treated with cholinesterase inhibiting or immunosuppressant drugs. In some serious situations, a thymectomy may be performed (a surgical operation to remove the thymus gland).
The incidence of MG is low, but there are indications that it is rising. Some reports suggest that the increases may be associated with improved diagnostic abilities and increased awareness. I suggest that it may also be related to changes in environmental toxins – increased levels of chemical poisons in our water and food supplies that increase the possibility of underlying inflammation in the body. The manner in which an individual reacts to the toxins can vary from person to person. Some may experience symptoms like multiple sclerosis, others like arthritis or even irritable bowel. While the basic inflammatory process may be similar, the responses are individual. This suggests that similar treatments may be helpful across multiple populations.
Myasthenia Gravis has not been as well studied as, say, multiple sclerosis, but using similar immune system modulating therapies may be helpful. I conclude that low dose naltrexone (LDN) might be effective in the MG population. It is an extremely safe treatment, especially at the tiny doses used. The side effect profile is zero for all practical purposes. It is inexpensive and doesn’t require any sophisticated storage conditions or complicated administration procedures. Just swallow a capsule nightly at bedtime. Another excellent factor for using (or at least trying) LDN is the cost, which is In the $35.00 per month neighborhood. Different strengths have slightly different costs,l but the overall cost is very reasonable.
No, I don’t have studies to substantiate this information. Instead, I have over 40 years experience in pharmacy and over a decade helping people with their needs for compounded LDN. I urge anyone who has MG to seriously consider using LDN. There’s a good chance it will be helpful – and little chance it will do any harm. If your doctor has questions or concerns, ask him/her to contact me. I’m confident I can offer sufficient reasons to help them decide to help you.