Muscular Dystrophy Is Very Cruel

Muscular Dystrophy (MD) is a broad term to describe a group of incurable muscle diseases that weaken the musculoskeletal system and hamper locomotion - especially among boys. Muscular Dystrophy is characterized by a progressive muscle declination, defects in muscle proteins and a necrosis of muscle cells and tissue. It includes more than 20 specific genetic defects.

The Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy seems to be the most serious variant. It occurs at approximately 1 from 3 000 born boys. The first symptoms of the disease begin to appear at boys with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD) when they are about three years old. The disease gradually weakens the skeletal muscles of limbs and body. In the teens age some time between 13 and 19 years of age, the respiratory muscles will be affected (one needs then a life supporting breathing apparatus) and the heart muscle will be affected, too. In a lot of cases a person will get progressively weaker to the extent that it shortens life span due to heart and breathing complications.

Muscular Dystrophy affects boys in 99,9% of cases however the disease can also occur at girls rarely. Muscular Dystrophy can often also appear at adults. Its progress is then not that dramatic as at children. There is no effective treatment known for this disease currently. Persons affected by the Muscular Dystrophy are becoming increasingly dependent on their neighborhood and on help of the others. A comprehensive spa treatment and a regular rehabilitation of each individual are the only ways to extend his or her self-sufficiency and mobility. Inactivity (such as bed rest, sitting for long periods) and bodybuilding efforts can worsen the disease. Prognosis depends on the individual form of Muscular Dystrophy.

For parents, a care for such patients is very demanding mentally and financially.