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You may be experiencing a number of unexplained and concerning symptoms like difficulty climbing stairs, trouble getting up out of a chair or morning headaches. Maybe you have felt related muscle weakness or have felt short of breath. It can be easy to dismiss these symptoms, especially if you have had them for a while.

But they could be signs of an underlying problem such as a neuromuscular disease.


Neuromuscular disease is a term used to describe various medical conditions that impair or weaken the body’s muscle function.

There are over 150 different types of neuromuscular diseases. These include:

  • Muscular dystrophy
  • Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy
  • Spinal muscle atrophy
  • Myositis
  • Pompe disease
  • Metabolic or hereditary myopathies
  • Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease)
  • Myasthenia gravis

Many neuromuscular diseases are the result of a genetic mutation. These mutations can be passed through generations by a parent’s DNA or occur spontaneously in a single person.

While some types of neuromuscular diseases occur in childhood, others may not be evident until later in life. The age of onset, cause, symptoms, severity and prognosis of neuromuscular diseases are all dependent on the diagnosis and the person.

Health information contained herein is provided for general educational purposes only. Your healthcare professional is the single best source of information regarding your health. Please consult your healthcare professional if you have any questions about your health or treatment.