Take these three steps to prepare for the doctor’s visit and help them determine whether it is DMD or another condition;
Understanding your family’s history of muscle disease and other conditions can help your doctor reach a diagnosis.
Bring photos or videos to help your doctor gain a better understanding of the signs and symptoms you have observed.
The earlier a doctor makes a diagnosis, the sooner a child with DMD can start getting medical care and treatment. Getting care early gives doctors the best chance of slowing down the disease and helping to preserve muscle function for as long as possible.
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Date of preparation: September 2022
Neuromuscular disorders affect the muscles and nerves, and most of the causes are genetic. This means they are either passed down through the family or caused by changes in an individual person’s genes.
Most neuromuscular disorders cause muscle weakness that worsens over time. Signs and symptoms of neuromuscular diseases can vary and may be mild, moderate, or severe.
Most often, when a child has a neuromuscular disease, they don’t grow and develop as fast as other children their age. They are often slow to start lifting their head, sitting, walking, and talking.
Treatment and supportive care may improve the symptoms of a neuromuscular disorder, increasing mobility and even life expectancy.
Muscular dystrophy is the term for a group of neuromuscular disorders that cause muscle weakness and muscle loss.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is a type of muscular dystrophy that causes muscle weakness that worsens over time. The progression and symptoms can vary from person to person.