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  • DocTim

    July 8, 2021 at 9:07 pm

    IVIG treatments have been a tremendous help with my MG, and I have had no side affects or reactions other than some fatigue and chills when I first began them. Since Nov 2020, I have received 100mg IVIG infusions 24x. Each of them as has been as an outpatient in the infusion clinic of a VA hospital  I have a terrific neurologist and an very thanks for the help of IVIG therapy.

    • BioNews Staff

      July 8, 2021 at 9:31 pm

      Hi Tim! IVIG has helped me a lot too. Luckily, I only reacted poorly the first time I got it. Since then, my experience has been very similar to yours.

      And it’s so great to hear that you have such a fantastic neurologist! They sound just like mine. It’s a lifesaver to have someone so good in your corner.

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        July 9, 2021 at 12:55 pm

        Hi, It’s Stanley Schildkraut here. I was started on IVIG as an out Patient in 2012 at Downstate Hospital in Brooklyn New York. Monthly treatments followed by terrible AFTER reactions
        My doctor’s idea was doubling the treatment.
        A coma from April 3014 through October 2014, suffering from a acute respiratory failure.
        Doctors started plasmapheresis once every other day. The company broke, I survived. It’s 7 years. I thank my doctors and My Higher Power. My story

  • Dean Counts

    July 9, 2021 at 8:06 pm

    I was originally diagnosed in 2012.  I had IVIG treatments in 2017 and 2019, both home infusions, for exacerbations.  Luckily I had few side effects mainly fatigue. But they worked well for me.

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      July 9, 2021 at 10:47 pm

      I’m glad IVIG worked well for you. I’m led to believe IVIG, in tempered amounts of dosages can have beneficial effects.
      As with any other medicine the administering doctor must have complete knowledge of this procedure.
      The COMATOSE life I lived from April through October of 2014 was solely brought on by the severity of the gMG and the over treatment of IVIG.
      I’m led to believe that the Acute Respiratory Failure I suffered was a doctor’s failure to understand the gravity of the disease MYASTHENIA GRAVIS. Be Well

      • Jonathan A

        August 9, 2021 at 1:57 am

        I too received ACUTE RESPIRATORY FAILURE and a  COLLAPSED RIGHT LUNG also.  I already had all the undiagnosed Ocular MG and Generalized MG symptoms.  So after 8 months of no diagnosis, I went to a BANNER HOSPITAL URGENT CARE CENTER for a diagnosis.

        But the doctors … including three consulting NEUROLOGISTS  … could not diagnose MG.  My breathing was getting bad, I was drooling PHLEGM, was forced to lie flat on my back  …. without an neck support  … and they gave me anesthesia to stop me moving for  MRI’s and CAT scans.     Us MG patients already have suppressed MG diaphragm breathing.   So I never came out of the anesthesia afterwards.  The recovery nurse called a “CODE STROKE”  … I was resuscitated back to life, was sent into ICU, and quickly contracted 3 types of PNEUMONIA at that BANNER Hospital and spent 4 months in three hospitals  … because they were not familiar with MYASTHENIA GRAVIS    …..    and did not know HOW DANGEROUS SOME DRUGS CAN BE !!!!

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        August 14, 2021 at 9:47 am

        I’m sitting with my wife trying figure for the umpteenth time why I ended up in a coma with Acute Respiratory Failure.
        A doctor who knew little about gMG,Omg or any other stage of Myasthenia Gravis is our answer.
        Watch your doctor. As in any other profession there are good and bad however in the medical field the bad or “Acting” can KILL you. Be careful,be well, GOD BLESS. Stanley Schildkraut

  • DocTim

    July 20, 2021 at 2:33 pm

    My health care is through the VA.  I know there are some bad experiences reported from VA care, but my MG journey with VA has been excellent. I have had IVIG treatments every 3 weeks since January. They are a major help and boost. I’ll be back in the chair this Thursday.  I’m thankful I have tolerated then well.

    We can see by the testimonies on here why MG is called the Snowflake Disease.

    Be well and safe!

  • Deb Couraud

    July 22, 2021 at 4:48 am

    I had a reaction to Gamunex-C  after  a hospital stay of 5 doses and discharge followed by infusions at home x 1 in one  month.  After home dose I was covered in a rash, nausea, but no headache, no itching, rash was not hives. I have pre-meds before each dose Tylenol and Benadryl.

    My rash lasted 3 weeks. It was miserable .

    I went to allergist/immunologist was told it could be Gamunex switched to Privigen  no problem since and have been on Privigen several years.

    No brand proven more effective than other but my allergist felt it may have been related to the additives or inactive components in the Gamunex but who knows for sure.

    I just know the change in brand fixed the problem. So I would say what does it hurt to switch brands. Doctors sometimes just get use to prescribing one brand vs another.

  • David S

    July 23, 2021 at 5:29 pm

    Good day all –

    I have been IVIGing for about two years now.  I hate IVIGs.

    Early on the treatment was monthly.  After a number of treatments I requested the 3 concurrent treatment days every 2 months in an effort to have more time between treatments so we could do some travelling.

    Since beginning this treatment I was unsure as to it’s effectiveness as I felt no improvement after the IVIGs and felt no need before the scheduled treatment – either on the 30 day schedule or the every 2 month schedule.

    In Feb of 2021 I completed my last 3 concurrent treatment every two months and requested to my Neuro that I skip the next treatment as I felt no improvement from the IVIGs.  He agreed.

    I met with my Neuro in April, and based upon my condition he suggested I resume these treatments.  During this Off Time I overdid physically and started to again experience severe Double Vision and increased my Prednisdone to get my eyes back in order.  Also during this Off Time I decided to use use a cane to improve stability.

    So I am back IVIGing every 30 days – .

    For me the IVIG side effects were non existent.  I felt no better before the treatment or after so I assumed that they were having no effect.  I guess I was wrong.  Since I have resumed this treatment my cane has stayed in the corner by the door.  My wife also agrees that the IVIGs help stabilize me.

    I get my health care through the VA. and get my IVIGs at the VA in Houston.  I have no complaints.  They have been responsive and feel I am getting good care.

    Current med treatment –

    IVIV every 30 days

    15mg/day Prednisdone.  Will wean this back down to 10mg/day next month.

    50mg Azathioprine 3 times daily.

    2 – 60mg Pyridostigmine-  2 times daily.

    1- 180mg slow release Pyridostigmine every evening.




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      August 25, 2021 at 3:30 pm

      Dear Dave. Thanks.  You did what I did.  Became your own PATIENT ADVOCATE

      Doctors are funny, they will write s paper about your experiences with  IVIG. Get it published  someplace and you my friend will be in s box.

      You’re alive, you sound like as million dollars.  Thanks for having the guts to stand up.  GOD BLESS

      Stanley Schildkraut

  • John Ulfelder

    July 23, 2021 at 7:50 pm

    I had 5 IVIG treatments as an in-patient shortly after my initial diagnosis of MG, in part because the prescribed mastedone was not making any difference in my MG symptoms, drooping eyelids and difficulty swallowing. I had no side effects from the IVIG treatment, but no real improvement in my symptoms. They followed the IVIG treatment with 7 rounds of plasmapherisis (2 days apart) also as an in-patient. This treatment did not have a marked effect on my symptoms either. With the help of therapy while in the rehab hospital and at home I have regained my ability to swallow and am able to pretty much eat and drink everything. As a result, I will be having the feeding tube that was installed while I was in the hospital removed in the next couple of weeks. My eyelids, however, are still drooping and interfering with my vision. My neurologist continues my prednisone and mastedon and says it may take some time. I am scheduled to meet with a neuro-opthamoogist who works with MG patients to discuss additional treatment for my eyelids. Fingers

  • Lou Venema

    July 26, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    Once t he approval was done I had on treatment of 500ml. That worked well. I was then moved up to 3 times every four weeks.About a year ago it was increased to every 3 weeks.

    Sometimes I have a slight discomfort, much like a sugar drop. I think it is mostly tension. A protein bar fixes it right up.

    • Mark

      August 25, 2021 at 9:54 pm

      I’m having that dropping eyelid surgery late Sept. much of it is simply because of age. It in itself is common. Pretty much like getting a free facelift. I’ll post after the surgery and let all know how it helped the horrible watery eyes. That is what causes the vision problems according to my specialist. After the results are in they may optimize the additional upper eyelid surgery. If it weren’t for the eye problems I’d be almost back to my old self aside from the leg weakness. But I’m getting there. I went to Dent for 3 years and never once did they mention a solution through surgery.  All they said was there is nothing that will help.  Then again I only saw the Doctor once. Alway the physician assistant. After a short time I new the routine better than them. You know— the pull push, push the eyelids, push the head etc. so go for the surgery if that’s possible for you. I’ll report my findings late Sept. Best of luck



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        August 25, 2021 at 10:53 pm

        <p style=”text-align: right;”>GOD BLESS, I’m not ready for the surgery. Keep me(us) informed</p>

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        September 23, 2021 at 10:47 am

        Good morning Lou, it’s an interesting post. Thank you.
        I began IVIG in 2012 or 2013. It almost killed me.
        My then neurologist knew not much about MG. Most of them swear they do.
        The Shiley port you’re not wearing is an an IV, why go through wearing a port that should be changed, oh you doctor didn’t tell you that?
        The easiest and most successful MG treatment is Plasmapheresis. It”s once or twice a month procedure, maybe 2-3 hours. There is no cure but you will feel a difference in a day or two.
        Do some research on your own. Become your own ADVOCATE. Don’t be afraid of speaking to your Doctor.
        The Acute Respiratory Failure was caused by over a years worthless IVIG treatments.
        It’s fancy and doesn’t do much. Gee you’re doing it a home. You doctor is not doing his homework or bringing you up to date.
        Yes Mr V, there are no Santa Clauses but there is something that will give you a better quality of life.
        Thanks for reading this. Be well. Stanley Schildkraut

  • Jonathan A

    August 2, 2021 at 4:31 am


    These discussions give me much needed information about other patient’s experiences with IVIG treatment.   It took me 8 months to be diagnosed, put on meds, and be given 5 days of IVIG treatments initially.  I realized that IVIGs must be DANGEROUS … as the first time it happened to me, the lady technician pulled up a chair and spent over five hours in the doorway of my hospital room the first day.   I assumed she did that …..  to either call another NURSE CODE STRIKE  … or rush and stop what they were doing to me  … if I had a terrible reaction.

    I had died already at the first hospital.  I did not come out of the anesthesia they fed me (to do MRI/CAT tests) and they called a CODE STRIKE and I was resuscitated.   Because they did not recognize my MG (suppressed diaphragm breathing) … they doubled down by giving me an anesthesia to suppress my breathing and my movements from breathing choking. They did not recognize that MG patients have phlegm, swallowing drools, and can not be flat on their backs with no neck support.

    After 5 months in five hospitals  ….. being stuck in my bed for three months, being on hoses and IV’s for five months, being on no food eating (on enteric and PEG tube feeding) and urine foley catheters for three months, and on leg and wrist restraints tied to my bed rails  for six weeks   (self ex-tubation said some reports  …. more likely my HORRID NIGHTMARES)    …… I was freaking out  … worrying if I would have to return to the horrors of a COLD HOSPITAL room to get more IVIG treatments.   At least it sounds like from these letters  … that while I will probably need more IVIGs …. at least if an outpatient  … I would not be trapped inside multiple hospitals again.  THANKS for  information on what you have encountered with IVIGs.  A potential return to hospitals for a IVIG treatment or  second septic bursitis infection MG crisis (from my toasted immune system) still has me freaking out.

    I do not know how to say how effective my IVIG was and about its side effects  ….. as I don’t know if it is the IVIGs  ….. or all my daily drug MEDICATIONS and syringes that keeps my MG SYMPTOMS in check for now   …. or continue my bad side effects.    I do not know about if I had any NAUSEA  ….. as after my first IVIG treatment, it would be another 6 weeks before they would let me try to attempt to sit up at the side of my bed, and attempt to stand.  It would take weeks of therapy to relearn how to stand and walk again  … after all that time restrained to bed rails.

  • Thomas Lee Clark

    August 5, 2021 at 12:52 am

    Jonathan, what a story. My excursion was mild in comparison. This to me is why this site is so valuable. I never heard of IVIG but I never understood what the “artificial” plasma was that was put back in. My greatest problem was a massive leak of blood onto my bed. the cancer type drug may have been Azathioprine??, I do not remember but could safely be administered for only a year. I feel so blessed not having the absolute debilitating symptoms others have had. This disease must be like fingerprints, none other set is alike, only similar. I had a gamma-globulin shot in the military, do not know why butt it hurt. I received many shots on world-wide status. Now I am very careful what I take, including a flu shot and especially quinine. Pulmonary embolisms are painful if you live thru the experience. Praying for you brother.

  • Ann Marie Hetrick

    August 8, 2021 at 6:15 pm

    I have had to have IVIG treatments twice in the past year for flare ups. I was an outpatient and received every day for 5 days. It was for three hours each time. I really did not have any reactions. They had me drink 3 bottles of gatorade while I was receiving the infusion. They said it would help with the side effects. They also told me to drink it when I went home. The treatments really did help me.

  • DocTim

    August 11, 2021 at 12:44 pm

    IVIG Prep:  I have had IVIG treatments every three weeks since January of this year.  My veins are good, but hard to poke, so I always ask for the IV Team rather than the floor nurse to do the IV.  One of those nurses told me I might try a product called Liquid IV a few days before my infusions to better hydrate and make the veins more friendly.  I tried it and it helps me a lot.  I am now using it every time for three days prior to my IVIG, I will have one or two bottles of water with the Liquid IV powder dissolved in them to super-hydrate. I also use them in hot weather on the golf course or outside.  They are inexpensive and available at COSCO & Amazon, and likely elsewhere.  Good to check with your MD about this, but wanted to encourage those who get frequent IVs and don’t like to get poked more than  once (I’ve needed as many as 4 tries with regular nurses).

    BEST TO ALL!  Keep looking UP!

    • Jonathan A

      August 12, 2021 at 2:35 pm

      Thanks to everyone  .. who has been replying about IVIG treatments and how it goes.    My veins are hard to poke  ……   as well     …..   as nurses have trouble  finding a vein.  So you need really trained people to get to your blood.      At the third of five hospitals last year  ……  I had so many blood draws and IV’s in both arms  …. that the nurse finally had to cut off my hospital ID name band  …. so she could find a clean FRESH bit of skin & veins   … to put in a new IV.    So as a result   … of these bad experiences  … of nurses trying to find my veins for Sonora Lab Blood draws (18 vials in last three months), contrast dyes for imaging tests IV’s, and other draws  …. I have NEVER DONATE BLOOD.  It was too long and painful to get any blood out.

      Now that I have finally been diagnosed with MYASTHENIA GRAVIS after an 8 month search for my disease diagnosis,   I have been told that I can not donate blood or plasma  … as my blood is ruined for anyone else …because I am stuck (literally) having to take too many medications  … including five blood thinners (even though I have 0+ blood the thinnest one) and 2000 mg Daily of CELLCEPT to TOAST and KILL my immune system.

      So thanks for the hydration information.

  • Thomas Lee Clark

    August 12, 2021 at 8:52 pm

    Most of you are beyond my league! One of my many trips to the er I had a squad medic ask if he could start my IV for his training. Always a hard stick, he worked on both hands then got his supervisor who come up dry, then a floor nurse came over and zip zop she rang the bell on my wrist. When I complimented her she promptly told me as she pointed to another curtain that she had just failed over there. I always try to tell the phleabo to dig for it. It really doesn’t hurt as much as the idea hurts. Once while installed a young nurse failed to stick and she really felt bad, to tears. They called for who I dubbed “BIG NURSE” she was a 5 foot nothing smart cookie. She had more hardware in her pockets she rattled as she came into the war zone. I have no idea what she carried in her smock but she put a warm compress on my elbow, cuffed my arm and my IV arm was changed for the next cycle. One thing I would never allow was to be stuck in either hand between the little and ring finger. That vein became plebitic very quickly. My INR checks are done 3 of 4 now with a finger stick like a sugar check. One is always drawn for a lab INR and the butterfly is used. The veins roll but very seldom miss, follow the yellow brick road. The scar tissue is softening with less use.

  • Jennie Morris

    August 14, 2021 at 2:56 am

    I’ve only had IVIg 2 times. The first time was in 2009. The first day went well so the second day they increased the rate. I had a third day scheduled and arrived at the hospital infusion center with a headache. They admitted me through the emergency room. My lumbar puncture was positive for meningitis and the culture proved it to be aseptic meningitis. I tried again in May this year in hopes that it would augment my Rituxan treatments. My neurologist prescribed an extremely slow rate but again I was back in the hospital with aseptic meningitis. On the positive side, my Rituxan treatment 2 weeks later was more successful than any in the last 3 years. But hospitals that don’t have large infusion centers don’t understand how to diagnose aseptic and tend to treat bacterial meningitis for an extended period. I was very sick from the meningitis treatment. We’re evaluating the possibility of adding SCIg to my treatment plan.

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    August 25, 2021 at 3:06 pm

    Thank you for your posituve feeling of IVIG.
    My experiences with it were terrible.
    I landed in a hospital in a coma, diagnosed with Acute b respiratory failure.
    My wife told them about MYASTHENIA GRAVIS. MY doctor was reached. Not a cool meeting. Plasmapheresis C was started.
    I wouldn’t recommend your to anyone. Thank GOD you are alive. Sincerely. Stanley Schildkraut

  • DocTim

    August 25, 2021 at 9:36 pm

    If you’re not weary of IVIG chat yet…
    I am about to get a chest port installed to facilitate my aggressive schedule of IVIG.  I sit in the infusion chair for 4 hrs, 2 days straight, every 3 weeks.  This regimen has helped me very much, but has wearied my veins, and a port seems necessary.  Before my next infusion, I’ll stop by radiology to have in put in.

    Not crazy about the idea of a port, but if it removes the infusion discomfort and the difficulty of the IV Team vein search, it’ll be a good thing.

    Daily, along with 3wk schedule of IVIG:
    480 mg Pyridostigmine
    300 mg Mycophenolate

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    August 25, 2021 at 10:48 pm

    Tim my good man, I’ve a Shiley port that’s in my chest. I’m getting plasmapheresis done once a month. The up feeling lasts about 3 weeks. A sometimes gentle slide after that.

    IVIG almost killed me. The doctor ran away. His professed knowledge of Myasthenia Gravis was just that. After a coma and rehab with little or no muscle use in my legs, I tried reaching him maybe about 25times. Better for me.

    If your neurologist knows the benefits of plasmapheresis, infusion without the vein punctures.  Research it, very few patients who complain.

    Just be careful, be well. Remember, with plasmapheresis there is a better way.  I’m in Brooklyn New York, if you need doctor referrals I will gladly provide them. I’m using MAIMONIDES CANCER CARE.

    Don’t let the name fool you

    Best of everything. Stanley Schildkraut
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  • DocTim

    August 26, 2021 at 6:28 pm


    I am happy you found something that sustains and strengthens you in your MG journey.  I have read some about the plasma therapies but have not discussed them with my nuero’.  I am having a port put in next week – not sure if it’s a shiley port or not – but it sounds like the same thing.  I’m having it placed because my veins don’t like the frequent IVs.  I was asked early on if I wanted a port, and declined for personal reasons, but now it seems necessary.

    My treatment is helping me much the way you describe your experience with plasmapheresis.  My Rx and the regular IVIG treatments have me on an upward strength trend.  I can basically decide the IVIG schedule according to how I feel.  I’m hoping to stretch it out soon to 4, even 6 weeks apart.  I’m not sure I would want to interrupt that right now.  If my situation changes, I would certainly be looking for alternatives.

    I receive all my care via Veteran Health – my neurologist has been amazing in guiding me through this adventure. My Pri-care Dr always defers to him about my MG.

    I’m do not know if the therapy you use is even available to me in the VA system, but if the IVIG slows my progress or causes issues, I would be asking questions about it.

    Thanks again for your encouragement & best to you as well.


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    August 26, 2021 at 8:41 pm

    I am not a VA PROPONENT. At the Brooklyn NY VA almost all MG patients are sent to Private Hospitals.  Very few VA doctors know much about Myasthenia Gravis.

    Although bills are paid by the VA, all treatments are done by civilian Doctors.

    You’re told your veins are not up to snuff. A Shiley port is placed and your veins are not bothered. Oh yes standard CBC AND INR tests are done. Seems you’ve been “Vein Washed”.

    I’ve never set my own routine. Something is not jiving. Speak to a civilian doctor. Oh ask you VA NEURO which school he went to.

    With all my best wishes, be well. Remember. Start Advocating for yourself

    Stanley Schildkraut

  • Jerry Trapp

    August 27, 2021 at 8:32 pm

    I received 4 IVIG treatments last 11/20, 12/20, 01/21 and 02/21.  All went perfectly and I had no side effects.  Also, I could see on good effect either, so I discontinued them after 4 months.  The treatments were done at my home with a visiting IVIG nurse.  All of them took 2 days to complete at about 5 hours/day.  The reason I quit doing them was – number 1 they did not seem to be effective at all, number 2 they were very time consuming and expensive (I was receiving them for free due to financial assistance) – but the billed cost was over $6,000/month – the Medicare cost was less – the first treatment does throw you in the Medicare drug do-nut hole for the rest of the year.  I had no side effects except some bruising at the IV injection site which is a training/experience problem with the administering nurse – otherwise, I would have never know I was getting the IVIG.  It has now been 6 months since my last treatment and I am still stable with my MG symptoms – so, it is possible the IVIG did some good, but I have not experienced any changes in symptoms since quitting the treatments.  I would be happy to answer questions if anyone wants to ask.  I am an 81 year old male diagnosed with Generalized MG about 30 months ago – taking 180 MG Mestinon and 15 MG Prednisone per day and doing okay – a lot of muscle weakness and continued issue with left eye (Ocular MG) and very heat sensitive – sweat like a race horse when exposed to much heat.

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    August 27, 2021 at 9:34 pm

    Hello Jerry, so glad to hear from you.  Your doing the IVIG at home was presented to me. The experience of nurses led me to say no to homebound treatment.   I took the IVIG for over a year, the one result was I lapsed into a coma April through October 2014. Almost died and my Doctor wanted to continue the IVIG, he told my wife and daughter “Give it Time”. He was relieved of all duties. Plasmapheresis was begun, I’m on the same treatment to this day.

    Once a month, no veins breaking down.  I wear a Shiley port.  I have more up days then down. I walk about 21/2 miles daily.

    I take 900mg GABEPENTIN, Pyridostigmine and Warfarin. You’re mixing MESTINON and Prednisone(?). Your muscle weakness is right there.  Ask your doctor to speak with some of his other successfully treated patients. I’m  sure they are few

    Good luck Mr Octogenarian

    Stanley Schildkraut

    • Jerry Trapp

      August 29, 2021 at 6:50 pm


      Thanks for your kind response.  It sounds like you are saying that taking both Prednisone and Mestinon is a bad idea and is causing my muscle weakness.  That is news to me and would love more input regarding that issue from your are anyone on the blog.

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        August 29, 2021 at 10:54 pm

        Thanks for the sound of your voice. I’ve found the more often we hear from one another, the better we feel.

        I have a Shiley port in my left shoulder. My

        <p style=”text-align: right;”>veins aren’t bothered be an additional phlebotomist.  I took Prednisone and MESTINON together back in 2012-2014.I swelled had trouble standing, swallowing and speaking. Ending up COMATOSE from April-October 2014. Acute Respiratory Failure caused by the cocktail I took and a doctor who, as far as I go knew S–T FROM SHINOLA. BE YOU OWN ADVOCATE. No one else will. I as will all of us always be honest. No big shot just offering what we went and are going threw
        Sincerely. Stanley Schildkraut

      • Ann Marie Hetrick

        August 31, 2021 at 5:36 pm

        Hi Jerry. I was diagnosed over 8 years ago with MG. I had severe weakness and double vision. My neurologist started me on mestinon for the first 2 weeks then added prednisone doses slowly until I was on 30mg every other day. I saw a dramatic improvement but it did take about 6 months. She then tried to take me off prednisone and the symptoms started to return. So we slow started cutting back on prednisone in 2.5mg doses and I was started on cell cept also as this was going on. I currently only take mestinon 120mg mestinon 4 times daily and cell cept 500mg twice daily.

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        August 31, 2021 at 9:09 pm

        My Dear Anne Marie. You’re an old timer. 8 years with an MG diagnosis that’s under controlled.
        My diagnosis came in 2012, my path has not been easy. The cocktail of MESTINON and PREDNISONE almost killed me.
        IVIG 1 a month, 5 hours of an IV with my Doctor telling me I looking better. April of 2014 until October of 2014 I was comatose, acute respiratory failure.
        My doctor was unceremoniously let go. I was given Plasmapheresis ever other day. I came out if the coma, it was a while until I was able to eat solid food or drink liquids.
        I’m home since May 2015. I take Mestinon 90mg three times a day
        I wear a Shiley port. GOD has given me my life again. By HIS GRACE we will be married 50 years on September 12.
        I’m so glad to hear of your progress.
        You friend and supporter. Stanley Schildkraut

  • DocTim

    August 27, 2021 at 11:01 pm

    Jerry, thank you for sharing your experience with MG and with IVIG treatments. One of the interesting things about MG is how differently it affects everyone, and how differently the various treatments help or hinder. It seems that indeed no two are alike.

    I’m glad you have found a regimen that works best for you. I was diagnosed with MG last September. I have learned so much since then about the disease, it’s effect on myself and others, as well as the variety of treatments. I have generalized MG as well. My issues are mostly with my speaking, chewing, swallowing, and breathing… All pretty important!

    Mestinon was my initial therapy, later some IVIG was introduced, and later still I started on Mycophenolate. I have a tremendous neurologist who has guided me through my dark days to a very good spot now. My improvement since my low point last fall has been nothing short of amazing.

    My flares now mostly involve my speaking strength. I’m a public speaker, and so this has been a real challenge for me. I am 11 years younger than you, so I appreciate your courage and strength and endurance.

    I wish you all the best. Like you no doubt, I’ll be glad when the temperature lowers a little bit. These hot days are very hard on we who suffer with MG. Particularly, as much as I like to get outside for yard work and golf.

    Be well and safe.

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    August 28, 2021 at 10:45 am

    Thank you Tim. I was diagnosed with MG towards the the middle of 2012. Yes I have, to this day trouble swallowing, slurring words, my left eye sags and my general strength wanes on different days.  Yet I consider myself at least 75% more fit today then I was when I was diagnosed.

    My medicinal cocktail might not work for everyone, but it is very well tested(by me) so it doesn’t kill me. My neurologist isn’t a soothsayer, he’s a good doctor. He’s been able to work with me since my becoming COMATOSE in 2014.  My initial dance with a neurologist almost killed me, he prescribed what he wanted to, used IVIG, almost killing me.

    Be careful, our doctors are practitioners.  They “Practice”.  Your diagnosis is relatively new.

    Thank you for helping Jerry with kind words. I’m a chemical engineer with about 50 years in my field. I know some things, not all things. I’m glad both of you Jerry and Tim are feeling better. Watch your medicine, watch your doctor’s advice.  Hopefully old timers like me will always be around to advise you. As I generally close with, GOD BLESS YOU. If you don’t feel well after a treatment get another doctors advice.



  • Ella Guthrie

    August 28, 2021 at 9:11 pm

    I have been on IVIG infusions for about 3 1/2 yrs now.  I had to have a port put in because only my right arm can be used to blood drawing or inserting needles for infusion.  It’s much better with the port, as I have 4 days of treatment every month.  Sometimes by the time I am due for the treatment, my eyelids are drooping heavily, halfway down or more, and I am feeling very fatigued.  After treatment, sometimes, I am very tired and sleepy; sleeping the rest of the day and all night.  Repeat the next day.  Then I am good, with eyes wide open and feeling more energetic.  Have had no bad side effects as have been described above.

    God bless you all and best wishes for better outcomes.


  • DocTim

    August 29, 2021 at 5:12 pm

    Ella, thank you for sharing your story. It was very encouraging to me, since my IVIG journey is only about 9 months old. I am to have a chest port put in for my infusions this coming week. Like you, my veins got weary of the IVs, and it looks like I’ll need these infusions for some time. It seems like you spend a lot of time in the infusion clinic. I go for 2 days every 3 weeks. I’m hoping that I will improve enough to stretch that time out some.

    Some have had bad experiences with IVIG, but mine is much like yours. No real issues except some fatigue for a little while after. I’m thankful for this treatment, and it has helped me get back to about 75-80% of my pre-MG diagnosis strength level.

    God’s blessings for you as well, and continued strength and health.

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