With treatment, people with MG have a normal life expectancy. Some combination of medication, thymectomy, and other therapies enables most myasthenics to lead normal or near normal lives. Sometimes people experience remission. However, for some people quality of life is affected significantly - either by severity of the disease or severity of side effects from the medication.
Generally, those who are quickly diagnosed and receive effective treatment have the best outcomes.
The first two or three years of illness are often when the full extent of MG symptoms emerge, and so can be the most difficult. During this time you may need to try a number of different therapies, to see which you tolerate best and which is most effective.
Myasthenia gravis generally doesn’t get worse as you age. And for some, symptoms diminish over time.
Reviewed by the MGF of Illinois Medical Advisory Board, September 2008
Unless otherwise stated, the information provided here is of a general nature, composed by non-medical personnel. It is meant to be accurate and helpful advice for MG patients. It is not intended to be medical opinion, nor is it a substitute for personal professional medical care.