Although I try to generalize my blog to any physical disability, I do want to educate people about Muscular Dystrophy and how it affects the people around them.
Much like many of you, I had no idea what Muscular Dystrophy was until I was diagnosed. Then when trying to explain my disability to those around me I realized very few didn’t require an explanation as to what it meant, many even confusing it with Multiple Sclerosis (BLOG POST COMING SOON). By educating others about Muscular Dystrophy I hope to open eyes of those within society to realize just how common physical disabilities are and how simply acknowledging and knowing about the disability makes all the difference.
A group of diseases that cause progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass.
Abnormal genes interfere with the production of proteins needed to form healthy muscle.
Types of Muscular Dystrophy:
- AUTOSOMAL RECESSIVE SPASTIC ATAXIA OF CHARLEVOIX-SAGUENAY
- BECKER MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
- CHARCOT-MARIE-TOOTH DISEASE
- CONGENITAL MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
- DUCHENNE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
- FACIOSCAPULOHUMERAL DYSTROPHY
- FRIEDREICH’S ATAXIA
- GUILLAIN-BARRÉ SYNDROME
- HEREDITARY MOTOR AND SENSORY NEUROPATHY
- LIMB-GIRDLE MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
- MCARDLE’S DISEASE
- MITOCHONDRIAL MYOPATHY
- MULTICORE MYOPATHY
- MYASTHENIA GRAVIS
- MYOSITIS DISORDERS
- MYOTONIA CONGENITA
- MYOTONIC DYSTROPHY
- NEMALINE MYOPATHY
- OCULOPHARYNGEAL MUSCULAR DYSTROPHY
- POMPE DISEASE
- SPINAL MUSCULAR ATROPHY
Symptoms: (vary according to Type of Muscular Dystrophy)
- Progressive muscle wasting
- Weakness, and loss of function
- Poor balance with frequent falls
- Difficulty walking
- Limited range of movement
Unforunately, There is NO CURE for Muscular Dystrophy.
Physical and occupational therapy, proper respiratory care, exercise, assistive devices, and orthopedic surgery may help to preserve muscle function and enhance quality of life.
Identification of the specific genes responsible for the various types of neuromuscular disorders has led to extensive research on gene and molecular therapy, but all such treatments are still in development.
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