Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy, type 2C
- Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy with gamma-sarcoglycan deficiency
- Muscular dystrophy, Duchenne-like
- Duchenne-like muscular dystrophy, autosomal recessive, type 1
Your QuestionI live in Serbia, and I'm looking all around the world to find somebody who may give me hope and help me with my problem. In 1998 when I was 12-years-old, I suddenly felt some pains in my leg muscles and from that moment I have problems with my all body muscles. Now I am 23 and I still walk on my own but it is very hard. Two years ago I was diagnosed with gamma-sarcoglycanopathy (LGMD2C).
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There is no specific treatment for limb-girdle muscular dystrophy. Management of the condition is based on the person's symptoms and subtype (if known). The GeneReview article on limb-girdle muscular dystrophy lists the following approach for medical management of the condition:
- Weight control to avoid obesity
- Physical therapy and stretching exercises to promote mobility and prevent contractures
- Use of mechanical aids such as canes, walkers, orthotics, and wheelchairs as needed to help ambulation and mobility
- Monitoring and surgical intervention as needed for orthopedic complications such as foot deformity and scoliosis
- Monitoring of respiratory function and use of respiratory aids when indicated
- Monitoring for evidence of cardiomyopathy in those subtypes with known occurrence of cardiac involvement
- Social and emotional support and stimulation to maximize a sense of social involvement and productivity and to reduce the sense of social isolation common in these disorders
- Limb-girdle muscular dystrophy type 2C . OMIM Database. 1/23/2009; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/dispomim.cgi?id=253700. Accessed 4/14/2009.
- Muscular Dystrophy: Hope Through Research. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke Website. 2010; http://www.ninds.nih.gov/disorders/md/detail_md.htm. Accessed 11/1/2010.
- Gordon E, Pegoraro E, Hoffman EP. Limb-Girdle Muscular Dystrophy Overview. Gene Reviews. September 2, 2008; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/bookshelf/br.fcgi?book=gene&part=lgmd-overview. Accessed 4/14/2009.