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Ocular Myasthenia Gravis & Remission with Vitamin D

Myasthenia Gravis and Vitamin D: A Promising Case Study

Myasthenia gravis (MG) is an autoimmune disease that disrupts the communication between nerves and muscles, leading to muscle weakness. While steroids are a common treatment, they can have harsh side effects.

A Brazilian Case Study

Intriguingly, a Brazilian doctor treated an MG patient using high-dose vitamin D3 (80,000 - 120,000 IUs). Remarkably, the patient's symptoms went into remission.

Potential Benefits

  • Hormone-like Action: Vitamin D may mimic some of the effects of steroids, potentially without the same side effects.

  • Immune Regulation: Vitamin D supports T regulatory cells, which play a crucial role in preventing autoimmune reactions.

  • The Vitamin D Connection: Many autoimmune diseases, including MG, are linked to vitamin D deficiency.

Important Considerations

  • Hypercalcemia Risk: High-dose vitamin D can raise blood calcium levels (hypercalcemia), increasing the risk of kidney stones. Precautions like omitting dietary calcium and increasing fluids may be helpful.

*Please keep in mind that the above is not a medical advice. You should see your doctor about any possible medical conditions.

Last updated: May 24, 2024 14:27 PM