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    • #18183
      Amy
      Participant

      Hello, I just signed up. Are there any other seronegative MG patients out there?

    • #18193
      BBernadette
      Participant

      Hello and welcome,

      I am seronegative

       

      • #18425
        Stephanie
        Participant

        Hello Amy! I’m seronegative having a tiny bit of blocking antibodies considered normal. On my 3rd or 4th neurologist who is questioning my MG dx. Finally scheduled for SFEMG next month & she’s wanting me to see a neuromuscular doc who specializes in ALS due to changing symptoms & not really needing mestinon anymore. My speech hasn’t slurred in a while but I’m having more weakness in my forearms & hands. I’m also extremely stiff in extremities mainly & lots of painful spasms.

        My MG dx was given by my neuro ophthalmologist due to double vision that eventually resolved after a round of prednisone. Not sure how much that had helped as my medical diary I kept didn’t show much improvement while on it.

        Sorry for the long post! Will get the results of SFEMG at my followup with neuromuscular neurologist at the end of April. My journey with this round of medical issues began in 2019 & I’m tired. Just want some answers & praying it’s not ALS! Wishing everyone all the best!!!

    • #18195
      Nan
      Participant

      I am seronegative and was diagnosed through a single fiber EMG. I am curious if any seronegative MGers have found a treatment that works. I am currently taking 10mgs prednisone/day, 15mgs of methotrexate/week, lots of pyridostigmine/Mestinon, and Plex every two weeks. I am still symptomatic, especially when the Plex wears off, but hope that recently raising the methotrexate from 10 to 15mg/week will be effective.

      • #18200
        Amy
        Participant

        Hi Nan,  I am sorry to hear you are still very symtomatic.  I was also diagnosed with a positive SFEMG and my response to Mestinon.  I think we can learn a lot from each other.  I was curious about what treatments were working or not working for Seronegative MG patients.  I believe there is something that unites us all, maybe an antibody that has not been identified.  I know a little bit about PLEX because my brother had it as part of his treatment protocol for AHUS.  There are a number of recent pubmed articles on Plex vs IVIG for MG that I am going to read up on.  There is another member receiving IVIG, which I know nothing about other than I can’t have it due to having previous blod clots in my lungs.

        Can I ask what your initial presenting symptom was?

      • #18209
        TheresaG
        Participant

        Nan, what is PLEX?

    • #18196
      Amy
      Participant

      Hi BBernadette, it is nice to meet you.  I am sure you know being seronegative comes with a whole host of problems, from diagnosis to treatment.  Even finding a neurologist that believes  in Seronegative patients can be a daunting.

      Can I ask what your presenting symptom was and what tests were given to help with the diagnosis?

      • #18197
        BBernadette
        Participant

        Yes, being seronegative was a challenge with diagnosis.  It took close to 8 years from first mention of MG to an actual presumptive diagnosis and some treatment.  Along the way I had the normal antibody tests done including MUSK and some other more obscure ones.  Single fiber EMG was read to be negative, though clinically I presented as MG.

        Double vision was my first symptom and it still continues to be the biggest issue.  I also have had swallowing issues, slurring of speech, and muscle weakness (mostly arms).  I was diagnosed on clinical symptoms and a positive Tensilon test.  I’ve been on a variety of treatments and am currently taking pyridostigmine, prednisone, cyclosporine and IVIG infusions.  The regimen keeps most symptoms at bay.

        Amy, are you currently getting treatment?  I totally understand that it is difficult to find a neurologist that will manage treatment of a seronegative patient.

        • #18531
          Maria
          Participant

          Hi everyone. I too am antiobody negative.  I’ve been tested so many ways. It has been difficult to find a neurologist that actually believes me.

          BBernatte, your diagnosis sounds a lot like mine. The tesilon test is the only test that had positive result.  But clinically I present with MG.  (If it looks like a duck and quacks like a duck, it’s a duck.)Double vision was also my first symptom and continues to warn me when my legs are about ready to give  out.  My legs are my biggest issue.  I have trouble swallowing and generalized weakness.I’ve had every test and been on a variety of treatments, prednisone, mestinon, cellcept & IVIG.  Currently I take prednisone and mestinon.  I had hoped the IVIG would make my symptoms more tolerable, but……..so if anyone is doing something that allows them to get through the day, please share.

           

           

    • #18198
      Amy
      Participant

      Good Morning Bernadette,  I am being treated.  I started Mestinon in 2018 and recently started Cellcept.  I am antibody negative, but had a positive SFEMG test and initially responded well to Mestinon.  I believe my first symptom was also my eyes, double vision.  I am hoping to start more discussions with other folks that are Seronegative and what they have discovered.  I have already heard from one other Seronegative person that has plex as part of her treatment protocol.  I think we can learn a lot from each other.

    • #18208
      TheresaG
      Participant

      Hi ,

       

      I too am seronegative.

      I began symptoms 8-10 years prior to dx. Eyes, shortness of breath, fatigue, fatigue, swallowing upper arm fatigue.
      I had 4 antibody tests specifically looking for it, by my neuro opthamologist, but as I had just finished cancer surgery,  cardiologists, pulmonologists, rheumatologist and others, all attributed it to the cancer. I literally spent 3 years in So. CA running to multiple specialists because I was not me.
      finally after a steroid pack used for my back, and all symptoms improved or disappeared, my opthamologist sent me to a neurologist who sent me to get the SFEMG and BINGO!.

      but as you all note, we still get pushed in a corner of, is it really MG or another muscular or autoimmune condition.

      ‘fortunately I am now seeing a neurologist who still questions “if’s” but tests my MG symptoms. My husband and I shake our head because I am so textbook symptomatic.

      I think they just gave not yet identified the antibody that the 15% of us have. They continue to identify so I’m sure they eventually will.

      but it does beg the question, “will we respond the same as an ACHR or MUSK identified” patient.

      Currently I take, 3-4 Mestinon/day, IVIG, 2 days every other week, and weaning from 20 mg to current 12 mg prednisone.

      i have found the IVIG while immediately was effective, as I weaned the prednisone, the pred rebound greatly impacted the progress of the IVIG. This last infusion was great, and I opted to not drop the prednisone because I wanted to continue to feel relatively normal. I’ll drop another mg right prior to next infusion.

      with that un mind, we all must know our bodies, how meds affect them and either have a discussion with our dr.s or if they blow us off, continue to manage our health with their help as best we can.

      I am most interested in the Seronegative’s Keeping in touch, through here or another platform so we can assist one another. We are a very small group and do get left out of many of the trials etc.

      im sure we are all over the country but if any of you are interested in a zoom or FaceTime monthly get together, please PM me and we can try to organize something.
      it might be beneficial, especially if we do respond differently.

      Out of curiosity, do any of you know how many pairs on your SFEMG were positive? Maybe positive is not the correct verbiage, but I was 2 out of 20 which  leaves some gray area in the mine of 1 of my 2 neurologist’s.

       

      • #18214
        Amy
        Participant

        Hi Theresa, my SFEMG test was overwhelmingly positive. The doctor stopped after 18 pairs. All 18 pairr were positive, 2 of them were completely blocked. I am sure that isn’t normal, maybe not even for MG. I live in Mn, but would love to zoom with other Seronegative MG folks. I take 90 mg Mestinon 4 x day plus 2000 mg of Cellcept. I have only been on the cellcept for about 3.5 months, but I don’t think it is working. I would love to hear what others are doing and what has worked. I had to retire from a job that I loved after 30 years because of this disease. I think the 15% is a low estimate of the number of folks that are Seronegative, just by the response I have seen here over the last day. It also confirms my theory that most Seronegative patients have trouble getting the right treatment to control their symptoms.

        • #18217
          TheresaG
          Participant

          Amy,

          I agree 15% likely a low estimate, but I also believe it is way underdiagnosed.

          As you are in MN, have you gone to Mayo?

          They do have the best Neuro dept for rare diseases.

        • #18216
          TheresaG
          Participant

          Amy, I have heard that cellcept can take up to 6 months to work.

          it sounds like you have not been out on prednisone which often is given concurrently but if you are doing okay without that is great.

          i had been on 5 mg for a couple years because it made my undiagnosed symptoms better.misinformed as I was diagnosed, the neurologist I “was” seeing out me on 2.0 mg. Gained a ton of weight, experienced emotional issues. It is the devil and savior combined. I was misguided on that score and in fairness, it was all telemedicine, height of Covid so not the best way to enter the prednisone war.

           

          For what it is worth, for me, IVIG has been a godsend.
          ‘I had a response the first infusion. If it were not for the prednisone withdrawal I have a feeling I would be in pretty good shape with IVIG and mestinon.

        • #18228
          Amy
          Participant

          Good Morning, I had to stop reading last night. My eyes are terrible in the evening. Currently I am seeing 2 neurologists and a neuro-opthalmologist. I am seeing a doctor at the U of Minnesota Health Centet for my MG. I did have the option of going to Mayo in Rochester. I went there for my Sjogrens and breast cancer. I was much more mobile than and my vision was better. It is a big place. I still may end up going there.

          I have had the 3 day iv solu-medrol steroid and a few of the taper packs that help for a few days, but it messes with my diabetes and causes such fluid retention that my doctors hesitate to give steroids to me.
          Unfortunately we discussed IVIG, but because I have had multiple blot clots, in my lungs and leg, I cant have it.

          I am wondering about PLEX. I don’t have many options because of my medical history.

          Ironically I felt fantastic during my chemotherapy for my breast cancer. I was on Adriamycin/Cytoxan. I hope somebody will mention a treatment option I can pursue.

        • #18234
          BBernadette
          Participant

          Amy,

          Has your provider discussed Rituximab (Rituxan) infusions as an option?  I know several people who have been on this treatment and it has helped significantly to control their symptoms.  I think the infusion are about every 6 months.  Initially this treatment was only for seropositive patients, but my neurologist says that it is now available to seronegative MG patients.

        • #18394
          Julie
          Participant

          Hi Bernadette,

          My Neurologist just mentioned this as a possibility yesterday. We were discussing Cellcept but the rheumatologist is suspecting possible psoriatic arthritis or a spondyloarthropathy which would be treated with a biologic and I’m already on methotrexate!  So the neurologist thought the Rituxan would target more than the Cellcept. She called the Rheumy and she’s good with either treatment. Now she’s talking to someone else about my history of positive TB test in nursing school plus 6 months of treatment 30 years ago.  So I may be trying the Rituxan. It would be great to kill two birds with one stone!

          Julie

        • #18400
          BBernadette
          Participant

          Hi Julie,

          It sounds like you have a lot going on.  I hope that you find something that works for you.  Please keep us posted.

           

          Best,

          K Bernadette

      • #18406
        S. R. Prasil
        Participant

        Yes.

        Short version- 3 doctors (1 neuro, 1 neuro muscular specialist, and 1 hospitalist) have told me I have clinical MG and given positive diagnosis based on symptoms. All tests come back negative with EMG showing only slight chance of MG, which 3 specialists have said is so little they are willing to definitely say that I do NOT have MG.

         

    • #18211
      Cyndi DeHoff
      Participant

      Hi everyone, I am also seronegative. I was diagnosed with single fiber EMG

      my first symptom hit suddenly in the shower which was shortness of breath.   Long story short, the first neurologist at University of Michigan immediately thought MG but the blood test was negative and I was passed to neuromuscular and found to have POTS.  A year later my eyes wouldn’t stay open while watching TV so I had my daughter video while I did the ice pack test.  I sent the video to my neuro, he ordered the emg and I got my diagnosis.

      I started on cellcept but switched to cyclosporine which I did well on for 2 years.    I chose to stop the drug when Covid hit and I have been  doing pretty well.   I sometimes get double vision and shortness of breath   I do use a daytime Bipap machine for the shortness of breath when needed.

      Do any of you have respiratory weakness?

      Does anyone happen to live in Michigan?

       

      • #18405
        Amanda Raines
        Participant

        Hello I have shortness of breath. It’s a major issue. I don’t have the antibodies and I am wondering if I am seronegative. My doc gave up on me and I’m waiting for my mayo clinic appt.

        • #18533
          Maria
          Participant

          I, too, have shortness of breath with any excertion.  When I lie down and still continues, I know I’m in trouble.

          Don’t you love it when doctors give up on you?  Good luck at Mayo!

    • #18215
      TheresaG
      Participant

      Cyndi,

      I too have respiratory shortness of breath.

      as of now doing pretty good in the IVIG, which in the past 2 weeks has made my SOB mostly on exertion, but for 8 years  it has been from speaking for an hour or more, and or upper body usage fatigue.
      Or I will be active and about 2-4 p.m. literally fall into bed, SOB and must sleep for 1-2 hours and awake with my energy renewed. It coincides with my legs ready to collapse.

      Do any of you experience anything similar?

       

       

      • #18229
        Amy
        Participant

        Cyndi & Theresa –

        I also have SOB upon exertion. Do your O2 stat’s drop significantly? Have you seen a pulmonologist or gone to a sleep clinic?

    • #18219
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      I also am seronegative. It seems since I’ve been diagnosed in 2020, it seems I’ve been pretty much forgotten in a corner. My dr. told me he was leaving in November. He set up for me to see another dr. in March. So,he always did blood test every month because of the azathioprine. Nothing since November.He would usually adjust the meds,& talk with me, now nothing. My legs are so painful, I can’t talk much, or get excited when I talk, then I start losing my voice & cough. The fatigue is overwhelming at times, I just hope it’s not a day that I am working. I need toothpicks for my eyes, at least cold compresses help. The only thing that seems to help me with the leg pain is Delta 8, and I can only take that at night, because it makes me drowsy, which also helps with the insomnia!
      It just seems weird talking about this, because I don’t talk about this disease to anyone. Yes, my family knows, but I don’t go into details, because people don’t really understand how you feel. My husband still keeps telling me to take Tylenol or ibuprofen for the pain. My boss knows also, so if I’m having a bad day I can leave. I always was an upbeat person, but it’s getting harder to be.

      • #18231
        Amy
        Participant

        Maureen, I am so sorry. I have trouble with spasticity and leg cramps. I was recently approved for medicinal cannabis in Minnesota. I use a oral liquid that has helped with pain and sleep.
        I think all of us Seronegative folks at one time have experienced the feeling we have been shelved by our doctors. If they can’t prove it with a test you don’t have it. I remember almost being in tears telling the doctor, I don’t care what you call it, I just need to feel better. So do something or I need to find someone that will. I had to get out of the mindset that the doctor was always right and remember that I deserved to get the care I needed to feel better. Don’t give up. Amy

      • #18232
        BBernadette
        Participant

        Maureen,

        Reading your post brought back memories of all my symptoms prior to diagnosis.  My arms and legs ached miserably and the health care providers were stumped on what is was and how to treat.

        Hang in there.  Is there a primary provider that can order the monitoring labs that you should have done for the azathioprine?  At least until you get in to see your new neurologist.

      • #18274
        Nan
        Participant

        Maureen, I was on azathioprine for 23 months. After the first few months, my neurologist checked my CBC and liver enzymes less frequently – every 3 months, I think.

    • #18226
      Cyndi DeHoff
      Participant

      Theresa you sound just like me with the SOB and the afternoon hours needing to collapse into bed!

      I would love to start a Zoom or FaceTime group with all of us!  Or whatever works for everyone

      Maureen I know how you feel about keeping things from people around you because they don’t understand    It can be really hard.   Feel free to private message me anytime if you want to chat

       

    • #18230
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      Thank you Cyndi!

    • #18233
      BBernadette
      Participant

      I’d be interested in being able to meet up on some forum to help support each other.  To be honest, this format is really hard for me to navigate with my double vision.

      Also, FYI: the MGFA National Patient Conference is being held virtually next week (2/10 and 2/11).  They are having a speaker on 2/10 talk about seronegative MG and how to navigate a diagnosis.  It’ll be interesting to hear what they have to say.

    • #18236
      Cyndi DeHoff
      Participant

      Amy, yes I see a pulmonologist who has a special interest in neuromuscular diseases at university of Michigan. He is great.  I qualified for a Bipap ventilator because of the respiratory weakness.
      I started with the machine at night but it woke me up every night after about 4 hours.  After several weeks of this, I realized I felt worse than when I started.  More symptomatic and weaker.  I told my doc that sleep is extremely important to help control my MG and the interruption is making the symptoms worse.  So I discontinued the use at night and I only use the machine when needed during the day.  He was good with that.
      I did do a sleep study which showed a 6 so I do use a mouth appliance.  I will say I have needed my daytime vent A LOT less since November when I began using the appliance at night.
      I have read that MG and respiratory weakness won’t really show up on a sleep apnea test. This lastest sleep test I did was the same result I had before my MG started.

    • #18240
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      Thank you ladies for the support. I am one that does what the doctor says, but now I see that you have to be an advocate for your own health. I won’t just sit there and say ok anymore. It’s really hard to find a good doctor. I’m going on my 3rd primary care doctor. I see her at the end of this month.

      • #18259
        TheresaG
        Participant

        Maureen,

        ABSOLUTELY you must advocate for yourself. Expecting in the Covid environment, medical treatment is stretched to their limits, silly things like waiting for someone to call. I’ve found that if they say they will call or if the schedule says they can see you for a couple months, call and get to their assistant and see if they will move you up.

        I’ve been in this medical circle for too long, I am 68 and I figure I don’t have a lot of potential quality life left to allow the system to dictate.

        I don’t have a Zoom account, do any of you? Or are any/ all of you able to FaceTime?

        this site is very squirrelly on the eyes. I generally live with 1 eye closed.
        Cyndi, my daughter also said sleep apnea not applicable, rather a respiratory O2 test for the muscle weakness.

        those of you with leg pain, is it just cramps or I have recently experienced achy in lower leg when sleeping, not the normal cramps. and it is quite cold here in AZ, 15 at night, right now.
        Curious if any of you have that.

        ‘interesting we are all female so far on this thread. Coincidence?

        Feel free to direct message me.

        im hapoy to take the bull by the horns, but as I tell all my family and friends, I never know when I can get things done, making commitments difficult as you all surely experience.

        ‘’one of you mentioned about not sharing with others because they don’t get it.

        so true.

        I’ve learned it is very hard to walk in someone else’s shoes.

        we all live with the feel good this morning and then an hour later, what happened? I have to sleep!

         

      • #18263
        TheresaG
        Participant

        Maureen, where are you located?

    • #18244
      Nan
      Participant

      Amy, Plex (Plasma Exchange) helps me a great deal, especially with swallowing. I have had 116 treatments over the past three and a half years. My neurologist and I hope I can wean from Plex as soon as we find an effective medication regime. For now, every two weeks I go to an outpatient apheresis unit of a local hospital for the treatments. Each treatment takes about two hours — for some people it takes a bit longer. So far, I haven’t had to have a port installed since the nurses have been able to use the veins inside of my elbows. Anyone, please feel free to ask me anything about my Plex experiences.

      My first MG symptom was double vision — although I remember being bedridden the previous summer during a heat wave, which was probably an MG symptom. Since I am seronegative, I had just about all the classic MG symptoms for over twenty years before being diagnosed with MG. My SFEMG was stopped early at 16 pairs, 4 of which showed abnormal jitters.

      I am thrilled about this thread and about the possibility of meeting other people with seronegative MG via Zoom. Count me in!

      • #18257
        Amy
        Participant

        Hi Nan, i just figure out how to get my ipad to read my emails. I too am excited to meet other Seronegative MG folks. I have my first appt with an ENT about my swallowing issues 3/2. I choke on both solids and liquids, not all the time, but frequently enough my family keeps bugging me about it. I also have trouble chewing meat or anything tough unless I cut it up into really small pieces. Do you have any problems with excess phlegm or a runny nose?

        • #18262
          TheresaG
          Participant

          Amy, be careful with an ENT or any other specialist not dealing with MG.

          before DX I was 3 days away from an EXPERT university opthamologist doing surgery in my eyes to “fix” the muscles.

          thank goodness I was too vain to possibly have sagging eyelids.!!!!

          medication can  help with the swallowing issues.

          i was where all I could eat was soup, protein shakes and baked potatoes.

          i was 25 pounds underweight. 5 mg only of prednisone resolved that issue.

          i believe IVIG alone would do the same thing.

          if any of you are not familiar with the new drug VyVgard, while not approved for seronegative, my neuro will put me on it when I’m ready as it can be used off label, just like other treatments. They just need to know how to process it.
          it can always also be appealed on insurance.
          it has good results in clinical trials.

           

        • #18272
          Amy
          Participant

          Theresa, Thanks for the heads up. I was hoping to just get a swallowing test to make sure I am not aspirating too much.

          I have a healthy skepticism of all doctors.

    • #18273
      Nan
      Participant

      Hi Amy. Mestinon makes my nose run.

      The swallowing tests aren’t bad at all. The more high-tech one that runs a tiny camera up your nostril into your throat so you can watch yourself swallow was entertaining to me.

      Long before I was diagnosed with MG, my swallowing tests revealed that I have oral-pharyngeal dysphagia. Once the ENT or the speech pathologist determines what, if anything, is the problem with your swallow, they can teach you techniques which may improve it. Hopefully the Cellcept will improve your dysphagia. For me, Plex works like magic.

      In the meantime, here are some safe swallow tips for when your dysphagia is acting up:

      *Take small bites.

      *If liquids aren’t a problem, wash down the small bites with a sip of water.

      *Try not to talk when you are eating.

      *Puree everything. I used my food processor. Although some people can eat potatoes, I couldn’t. Lettuce was also off-limits. My go-to snack food was those little plastic containers of unsweetened applesauce.

      * Review how to Heimlich with your loved ones. This made me a little unpopular at family dinners for a while. 😉

    • #18289
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      My leg pain isn’t cramps, though occasionally I do get those, it’s intense burning & pain. I can sleep for about 4 hours, with the delta 8, but wake up with the burning again. My legs are pretty much in pain all the time. I’m in Wisconsin, so I was out sweeping our deck from snow yesterday afternoon. Then went & filled up my bird feeders, when I got intense weakness in my arms & legs. I got the shakes so bad, & weak, I’m like, omg, I can’t fall down out here, it’s below zero! I finally made it in the house, & collapsed in my chair. I couldn’t even lift my arms! That was a first for me with the arms. Pretty scary.

      • #18292
        TheresaG
        Participant

        Maureen,

        sounds like upper arm fatigue, do you get SOB as well? I get like that then collapse as well. Sleep revives.
        I wonder if the cold air in your lungs could also impact what happened.
        I always look for the answers.
        take care! Stay warm.

    • #18293
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      What is SOB?

    • #18294
      Cyndi DeHoff
      Participant

      Shortness of breath

    • #18295
      Cyndi DeHoff
      Participant

      Maureen, What is Delta8?

    • #18296
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      Delta 8 THC is a psychoactive compound found in the cannabis plant. It has a slightly different chemical structure that makes it a lot less potent than true cannabis. It takes pain away, & gives relaxation. I take it in the evenings only. It seems to be the only thing that has worked for me. Daily I take 125mg of azathioprine, 300mg Mestinon, & 30mg of prednisone, for 2 years now, & do not notice any changes, not for the better. It gets pretty tiresome taking these drugs, with no effects whatsoever. I did do the IVIG also, with no results.

    • #18303
      Cyndi DeHoff
      Participant

      Thanks for the info Maureen. I’m sorry you haven’t been able to find relief from your meds.  It’s so frustrating trying to find something that works!  Have you ever tried cyclosporine?  That’s what did it for me after Prednisone and cellcept failed to do anything.  We are all different.

    • #18308
      Cyndi DeHoff
      Participant

      Ladies we have talked about trying a zoom group with all of us.   I have never started a zoom meeting myself, but I am willing to try and get things started if your all interested??

      Everyone would need to private message me their email and phone numbers.

      we would also need to work out a time that works for everyone. I am generally available anytime.  I assume nights or weekends may work best ??

    • #18314
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      I’ve never zoomed. I don’t have a computer, just my phone. I’m not a tech person!

    • #18316
      Amy
      Participant

      Hi Maureen – you can download zoom app for Iphone I know. You will have to check for android. Amy

    • #18317
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      Thanks! I’ll have to check that out.

    • #18323
      Nan
      Participant

      The Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America is hosting their (virtual this year) annual National Patient Conference this Thursday and Friday, February 10th and 11th. The session about seronegative MG will be on Thursday at 4PM Eastern Standard Time. It’s free to register at Myasthenia Gravis Foundation of America (MGFA)

      It will be recorded if you want to watch later. I hope to at least catch the part about seronegative MG.

    • #18340
      Jennie Morris
      Participant

      Yes, I am seronegative and am very disappointed that more isn’t been done through research and drug approvals for us.

    • #18342
      Cyndi DeHoff
      Participant

      Hi Jennie , we are working on doing a group zoom call with this Seronegative group. If you would like to join, please private message me and leave me your email and phone number. We would love to have you!

       

    • #18348
      Jennie Morris
      Participant

      My path is different from most here. I was diagnosed in 1981 but, after many years, realized that my main symptom of laryngitis actually started in the mid 1970s. I had cancer treatments in 1977 and once I recovered, I was stronger than I had ever been until an unrelated, outpatient surgery in early 1981 brought it back. I’m lucky – my diagnosis only took a visit to an ENT who referred me to a neurologist. Until 2008, I had good years with minimal issues and I always limited my activity to accommodate. Then menopause, HRT and aging brought it back with a vengeance. Prednisone makes my MG worse, like many others. I’ve tried IVIg (aseptic meningitis every time), PLEX (minimal success), Imuran, Prograf, and Cellcept (all had different but dangerous side effects), and now I’m on 4th year of Rituxan which has stopped working.  Prior to Rituxan, I took 5 60mg Mestinon every 3 hours so on long days I exceeded the maximum of 2000mg per day. Now I take 3 60mg every 3 hours but that doesn’t allow me to walk unassisted but all my stomach can tolerate. In the past year, I have had extremely low O2 with exertion and pulmonologist has me on O2 24/7 with mechanical ventilation at night. However, except for the extreme weakness which is both legs (left is worse), hands, arms, diaphragm and throat, I’m otherwise healthy.

    • #18350
      Nan
      Participant

      Hi Jennie. I am not a doctor, but if ever there were a candidate for trying one of the new FcRN inhibitors like Vyvgart, it sounds like you. A few months ago, my dosage of methotrexate was increased to 15mg/week. Since you haven’t tried methotrexate yet, I will let you know if it works. I also had to discontinue Cellcept and Imuran due to side effects. Plex helps me alot, and 10mgs prednisone/day seems to be keeping me stable.

      I don’t know how you take so much Mestinon — 120mgs at a time is as high as I can possibly go. I am trying to get by with much less; if it weren’t for the side effects, I would use more.

    • #18352
      Julie
      Participant

      Hi, I’m seronegative as well. My diagnosis was relatively easy. My optometrist first suggested MG due to my right eye randomly dropping out of alignment. The neurologist immediately trialed me on mestinon due to the eyes but significant bulbar symptoms and shortness of breath. I had a great response to the mestinon which confirmed the diagnosis for my neurologist. I started having double vision 40 years ago. It was random and mild. 2 years ago I was diagnosed with undifferentiated connective tissue disease. I was already on methotrexate when the symptoms of generalized MG started. The neurologist wants to start cellcept but there has been a delay due to me needing to change rheumatologists. My previous rheumy couldn’t figure out how to work with the neurologist. I just got the go ahead to add cellcept on top of the methotrexate. My other significant symptoms of dysautonomia with gastroparesis and bowel dysmobility have been helped a lot by the mestinon. I take 60mg 3-4 times in the daytime and the 160mg long acting at night. I’m working remotely due to the threat of Covid and the difficulty with driving and double vision. I have more energy working remotely. The effort required to get to work was making me much worse. I’m hopeful the cellcept is going to help. The muscle weakness is getting worse.

      I would love to try to connect via Zoom or other methods.

      It’s nice see that we aren’t alone in this MG world!

      Does anyone else have a connective tissue disease with your MG? Or a relative with MG? My aunt has MG and lupus. I’m sure family history played a part in getting my diagnosis so easily. I just wish I could find a rheumatologist as awesome as my neurologist! My fingers are crossed that this most recent one is the last one!

      Nice to meet all of you!!

      Julie

      • #18355
        TheresaG
        Participant

        Julie,

        Cyndi DeHoff and I are working to get the group together. If any of you have not already done so and are interested please PM Cyndi or I your emails so we can connect. Hopefully we can get this together by next week and send out emails.

        Your story is interesting to me. Mine started about 2012 near as I can put a finger in it. Visually issues. Neuro opthamologist ran achr and musk. Negative. Then a bout with Neuroendocrine cancer 2014. After my surgery I’m guessing the drugs and or trauma released full in MG. More blood tests, went to UCLA to a rheumatologist there. They and UVi ran every antibody know in 2015 all negative except for positive ANA 1:1280 amc centromere antibody. After an accidental discovery that I took prednisone and felt much better they first out me on 10 mg, we weaned back to as low as I felt better on and it was settled in 5 mg. All the while with caution with the concern of scleroderma which pred is contraindicated for. They dismissed me with undifferentiated connective tissue disease. Pretty sure that’s what they call, “ we have no idea disease”.

        my daughter was dx’d with it 25 years ago, she began with bilateral drop foot at 27. The. After not positive antibodies she finally had a positive ANA after 5 years at the end of her pregnancy. Dx’d with lupus. It got quite severe and she did a clinical trial which was not put forth fda> 2 years later she was given rituximab which out her lupus in remission. Her muscle problem has moved to her upper body and respiratory. Very severe. She is headed to Mayo in March to investigate further. She actually has never been given SFEMG which astonishes me.
        my father was told he had ALS. I now believe he had MG based upon his health path. Now deceased so too,late fo find out.

        sister had chrohns, RA. So yes un answer to your question as autoimmune runs in families we’ve been hit hard.

        i really believe this connection can serve us seronegative well to compare and perhaps take our similarities to the researchers.
        Interesting that so far it is all females that have responded.

        are there any seronegative males out there?

        • #18396
          Julie
          Participant

          Wow, Theresa there is a lot going on in your family! Besides my aunt with Lupus and MG, my niece has celiac disease and gets the classic butterfly rash of lupus but not diagnosed with that yet. One of my sisters has had Raynaud’s for years but struggles with mental health issues and has never sought out treatment or to figure out why. My children both have psoriasis. My daughter has raynauds as well. My mother has Achalasia which is an esophageal dysmotility problem that they have decided is autoimmune. So lots of weird random tidbits of autoimmunity with some formal diagnoses.

          I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone better! It’s no fun trying to figure out all these symptoms and treatments without hearing how other’s are doing with the same issues.

          Julie

    • #18356
      Amy
      Participant

      Good Morning, the more I read everyones story the more I realize how similar our stories are. It will be good to get the Seronegative group together. Maybe we can make a difference in actually advancing an FDA approved treatment for us that actually will put us in to remission, not just try to “manage” our symptoms.

    • #18357
      Amy
      Participant

      Hi Julie, Glad you are here. I have a diagnosis of mixed connective tissue disease on my chart also. I think it is the diagnosis doctors give you when they have no idea what you have, but you have something. We are the square peg that doesnt fit in their round hole. Amy

      • #18358
        TheresaG
        Participant

        Amy, right on! Me too.

        Cyndi and I are working to get that zoom group put together.

        I think you sent her your email?

        feel free to pm me.

      • #18395
        Julie
        Participant

        Hi Amy,

        I’m looking forward to connecting with others living with these diseases.  And definitely the doctors have been stumped by my symptoms!

        Julie

    • #18366
      Mary K Henderson
      Participant

      Hello,
      Yes Seronegative diagnosed Sept 2030.

    • #18373
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      I don’t have a clue how to private message. Help.

      • #18374
        TheresaG
        Participant

        In the upper right corner click on your profile.

        then click messages.

        put my name in and it will come to me only.

        if you have difficulty just dm me.

         

    • #18378
      Cyndi DeHoff
      Participant

      Hi Maureen, if you scroll up to the very top here where it says Myasthenia gravis news you will see a circle with 3 horizontal lines inside in the upper right corner. Hit that circle and it will take you to a menu where you will find the Member line.  Hit Member and find my name Cyndi DeHoff and under my name will say private message   Hit that box and you can leave you phone number and email info.  only I will see it.
      We are looking forward to meeting everyone!

    • #18393
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      I feel dumb. Did what you said, but still can’t find it. I’m done. I’ll just keep reading these responses as they come through. Thanks.

      • #18398
        TheresaG
        Participant

        Don’t feel dumb…ever.

        this site truly is not terribly easy to navigate.

        if you would like to call me I would be happy to walk you through it. Feel free to message me.

         

      • #18450
        Jodi Enders
        Keymaster

        Hi Maureen! I wanted to reach out because I see you have run into some issues using our mobile version of the website. I did contact our tech person. Unfortunately, this is a limitation of the platform in which our website was created, and certain features such as “add friend,” “public message,” and “private message” are unavailable from a phone. I apologize for this inconvenience. Is there anything else that I can help you with?

        • #18484
          Maureen Gosz
          Participant

          Thanks Jodi! I was feeling pretty dumb with all the help people were giving me, & I still couldn’t figure it out! I don’t have a computer, just the phone. Thanks again! 😊

    • #18397
      Amy
      Participant

      Hi Maureen,  you are not dumb.  This web forum is clumsy to navigate.  I’m having trouble too and I did beta testing of websites for a University for years.  The easiest way to private message Cindi would be, to click on her picture right above this message (cindi and her dog “Cindi DeHoff”.  You will get a larger picture with 3 boxes, add friend, public message, private message.  Click on Private message and send her your phone and email for the zoom group.   Hope this helps.  Amy

      • #18404
        TheresaG
        Participant

        Amy,

        thanks for that input.

        it is not easy for sure!

    • #18409
      Deborah A Dortzbach
      Participant

      So good to read all these! I am also seronegative. This is my 3rd year anniversary and I am 72, so you can see I was a “late comer”. Double vision was the prompt that took me to the ER, single fiber EMG the eventual confirmation. Like many of you the past three years have been a journey—mestinon, a constant companion, IVIG an early necessity for a near crisis, and prednisone for more than a year to stabilize. Now I take cellcept and have definitely plateaued to a stable place after a full year and am taking just a baby dose of prednisone. I swim in a warm pool regularly because I also have another autoimmune disease which definitely complicates—ankylosying spondylitis affecting my back and joints. But, I am grateful—with lots and lots of medications to navigate and wonderful new friends with similar disease to guide, life is not only manageable but beautiful. I do have excellent medical care. My own spiritual walk in reading God’s Word is a constant source of strength. Yes, I would love to meet via zoom or however!

      Debbie

    • #18408
      Maureen Gosz
      Participant

      Ok,followed what you said, but I do not see the boxes that you mention, friend, public or private message. 🤔

    • #18414
      Bobbi
      Participant

      Hello , new to this site . I am also , seronegative . And now after 6 years , my neuro is doubting her diagnosis . Very disappointing .

    • #18419
      Carol Lawson
      Participant

      I have had “seronegative” MG since 2007, but only diagnosed in 2011 after 4 years of misery, by an expert in MG, after dealing doctors unable to make a clinical diagnosis, who only rely on the 2 blood tests given at the time.  I strongly object to our being labeled with a term, “seronegative” that somehow implies that this isn’t really the disease, because of the laziness of the medical community in their failure to test for the full complement of antibodies that can be present.  I was once able to arrange with a university conducting research to test my blood for other antibodies, for free, and the lug nut doctor I was seeing at the time, part of a large university hospital in NYC couldn’t be bothered to arrange the blood draw.  We need a more positive label for our rare form of an already rare disease, like “untested for MG” to put the onus back on the medical community.  We are excluded routinely from trials and we need a better position and benchmarks for trials.

    • #18422
      BARBARA f BARNES
      Participant

      I too am seronegative.  I went through multiple doctors.  I have episodes of dyspnea with normal o2 saturation, as a chem & ICU nurse it was hard to accept it had nothing to do with pulmonary issues.  Finally diagnosed at Vanderbilt in Nashville, after years of different doctors.  Luckily my primary doc kept pushing me to try more doctors. I live in southern IN so we take the 3 hour trip to Nashville every 2-3 months. I finally am stable on 80 gm of IVIG, Mestinon & Immuran. I am a very determined to stay active & have gradually increased my activity to walking 6 miles a day. It wasn’t easy, but I always told patients if you go to chair you’ll stay there.  Good luck everyone, it is so nice to know I’m not the only seronegative or out there.  Thanks to everyone for sharing.

      • #18469
        TheresaG
        Participant

        Barbara thanks for the positive post.

        love the stay there chair innuendo!

    • #18465
      Ronald E. Clever
      Participant

      I am sorry to be so uninformed but what is Seronegative MG and how would I know if I have it.  Should I be asking this question to my neurologist?  She is very good by the way but I have never heard of some of these variances of MG.  I only know I have generalized MG.

      Thanks

    • #18515
      Peggy
      Participant

      I am seronegative. It is hard enough to have a rare disease with MG, but adding being seronegative  has really discouraged me. I was diagnosed in Feb. 2020 and have had a very rough time all these months with several hospitalizations for MG crisis.

      I am so disappointed they withdrew use of new drug for seronegative patients.

    • #18518
      Zippy
      Participant

      Hi! I do. I would like to be added to the group please. Nice to meet all of you. I tried messaging TheresaG to be added but this is saying private messages are temporarily suspended.  I would appreciate the support.

    • #18553
      Karen
      Participant

      I am sero-negative and after >30 years (officially ~15 years..the rest of the time it was “all in my head”) my baseline now means I can’t chew much, have chronic respiratory failure due to muscle weakness, extreme heat intolerance, fatigue that great limits any activities after ~3pm ( even after my daiy nap)…I’m extremely mad about the FDA excluding seronegative patients for the new tx

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