Symptoms of Myasthenia Gravis

Onset of myasthenia gravis symptoms can be sudden. Frequently, symptoms are at first mistaken for other conditions. Some of the earliest and most noticeable symptoms include:

  • Weakness of the eye muscles
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Slurred speech
  • Ptosis (drooping of one or both eyelids)
  • Diplopia (blurred or double vision)
  • Unstable gait
  • Change in facial expression
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Dysarthria (impaired speech)
  • Weakness in arms, legs, neck and extremities

The degree of muscle weakness varies with individuals. It can be localized to one region or it can be generalized, affecting many muscles.