Supplementing your medical care with these approaches may help you make the most of your energy and cope with the symptoms of myasthenia gravis:
- Adjust your eating routine. Try to eat when you have good muscle strength. Take your time chewing your food, and take a break between bites of food. Small meals eaten several times a day may be easier to handle. Also, try eating mainly soft foods and avoid foods that require more chewing, such as raw fruits or vegetables.
- Use safety precautions at home. Install grab bars or railings in places where you may need support, such as next to the bathtub or next to steps. Keep your floors clean, and move any loose rugs out of areas where you may walk. Outside your home, keep paths, sidewalks and driveways cleared of leaves, snow and other potential debris that could cause you to stumble.
- Use electric appliances and power tools. You may lose energy quickly when conducting tasks. Try using an electric toothbrush, electric can openers and other electrical tools to perform tasks when possible.
- Wear an eye patch. Consider wearing an eye patch if you have double vision, as this can help relieve the problem. Try wearing the eye patch while you write, read or watch television. Periodically switch the eye patch to the other eye to help reduce eyestrain.
- Plan. If you have chores, shopping or errands to do, plan the activity to coincide with the time at which you have the most energy. Also, try to reduce extra walking in your house when working on projects, as it may reduce your energy.
For people with myasthenia gravis and their family members, coping with the disease may be difficult.
If you have myasthenia gravis, find ways to relax. Stress may worsen your condition.
Also, ask for help with tasks if you need it. Your family and friends may be able to assist you with tasks that are difficult.
If you're a family member of someone with myasthenia gravis, try to be understanding of your loved one's emotions as he or she adjusts to the condition. Read about myasthenia gravis and learn about what your family member is experiencing.
You and your family members may benefit from participating in a support group. A support group may offer a place for you to meet people who understand what you and your family members are going through.