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Myasthenia Gravis

Strained abdominal muscle?

01/07/2009

Question:

I have MG, relatively mild compared to some others I read about. In September I believed I strained an abdominal muscle while exercising, although I didn`t recall when it happened. I`m 45 and have been exercising for the last thirty years. My neurologist and physician both concur that this is a pulled muscle. It`s never taken me three months to heal from a pulled muscle. Can MG slow down healing or can it be something else? Any ideas?

Answer:

Myasthenia should not slow down healing, unless you are on medications that can, like prednisone. Myasthenia might contribute some element of weakness, but not directly to healing itself. On a personal note, my healing capacity has changed as I have aged. What I might have been able to recover from 10 years ago in relatively short order now takes me longer. I don't like to think about it, but these beautiful machines we inhabit do age and healing slows down.

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Response by:

Robert W Neel, IV, MD Robert W Neel, IV, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati