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Old 02-01-2021, 11:17 PM #1
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Hello, I have been lurking here for awhile. My husband has had symptoms of MG since April of 2020.

His symptoms started a few months after being very sick with a respiratory virus. Cough never went away, then came sleepiness. He started talking like he was drunk in the afternoon, if he took a nap it would mostly go away.

He experienced just that all summer, then in Oct started choking alot. He would clear his throat alot, and end up gagging and liquid would come out of his nose.

He just recently went to the hospital after a bad choking on the side of the road.

He had ct scans, mri, bloods, and a swallow scan. The neuro said probably MG. His antibody test showed 0 binding, 13 blocking. They didn't do the anti musk.

So his pcp said he definitely doesn't have MG. I think the pcp is wrong. He says that test is the gold standard. I am reading that a small number of people are seronegative.

His symptoms are mostly bulbar, however he has one droopy eyelid, no weakness in the legs or arms.

My biggest fear, is they won't dig and he has a weak cough and choking. So while they are busy looking for other things he is hovering near a crisis. I'm not a doctor, but I'm irritated with his pcp for just writing it off after the negative antibody test. He's now on to ms which I think is less likely (no lesions)

Have any of you had this happen?
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Hello Bearsmommy,
I don't have MG so can't help you with those questions but I just wanted to say welcome to the NeuroTalk Support Groups. I hope you will find both information and support here.
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It is not unusual to have difficulty being diagnosed. Some doctors are incapable of giving a disease a name without overwhelmingly positive test results.

In my opinion, your husband likely has MG. If so, he will need to be seen by more than a PCP. I would suggest you go see or get a referral to a neurologist, preferably one who specializes in neuromuscular diseases.

The bulbar weakness is very concerning and dangerous. Make sure everyone knows how to do the Heimlich maneuver, including your husband in case he needs to save himself.

Keep fighting!
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Welcome, Bearsmommy,

Your concerns are certainly justified, it seems to me. I don't have MG but did find this. That antibody test isn't always correct:

Myasthenia gravis - Diagnosis
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I do have MS, and your husband might have MS though it would be unusual for choking to be a first indication of it. Not unheard of though as just about anything can happen with MS.

It sounds as if he's been suffering for nearly a year now. I hope that some competent medical professionals will come up with some answers for you soon.
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Hi Bearsmommy

Welcome to the community .

I am sorry to read about your husband's probable MG which is something I know little about.

I hope the he will get good help from a neurologist who does know about it.

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When you find a neurologist and get an appointment, try to get the appointment at a time of day when your husbands symptoms are at their worst. If the neurologist you find only bases MG diagnosis on a positive blood test, find another neurologist. There are other tests used, one as easy as the ice pack test. The ice pack is placed on the drooping eyelid, (ptosis) and if the ptosis gets better for a few minutes, it will show MG. (Not true with any other disease/syndrome).
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Hello all, still figuring out how this works. I appreciate you for responding.
He is going to see a neuro at one of California's research hospitals. Not sure if I can say but, I feel good about it.
He had Bells palsy at 32, so he thinks that is why his eye droops. I disagree, because it comes and goes.

I have pictures showing it at different stages. My worry is the dysarthria, which since October, has been daily.

The nasal voice and choking, have all ramped up since then. His voice is good early in the morning. His cough is weak, and eating brings on the coughing choking gag and nasal regurgitation.

He cannot whistle, and if he smiles, it looks like a snarl.

Is it possible that an exacerbation is how a person finds out they have MG?

So I won't bug you guys until he sees the neuro, but I needed someone to talk to. The neg test threw me for a loop, and got me thinking of worse things.

Thank you all for being here for me right now, I am scared and your words help.
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I believe that binding antibody result is highly positive. You don’t have to test positive for all antibodies to have MG.

Both binding and blocking antibodies correlate with disease severity in myasthenia gravis - PubMed
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From one who has diagnosis from doctors that DONT count. In other words not neurologists. The ENT who diagnosed my speech issue or loss as clearly myasthenia doesn’t count. He even angrily said who is your neuro. And aren’t they treating you! Then there is my New York cardiologist (I live in Iowa) that says all that’s wrong with me is myasthenia Gravis that needs aggressive treatment. Oh also the advanced eye Clinic who were first to start writing down myasthenia. I sure agree that the time of day your husband is examined is very important. Oh and if he is better in cold weather wait till summer maybe. My first Mayo Clinic appointment was December and even I knew I was way too good that day to get a true best exam. An exam that ended with my admission to hospital was after an extremely hot shower that left me unable to walk for an hour. The neuro said “you can hardly talk” when I finally got to her. Sculptor44
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