Hi, this is the first time I have ever read about an illness like this and I want to thank you for…
Alicia PC

Hi Alicia. No stupid questions. I’m not a scientist, so I’ll explain as best I understand it. Essentially the nerves connected to the muscles in my extremities (hands, wrists, feet, ankles — and moving inward) begin to degenerate. As they no longer feed impulses to those muscles, the muscles atrophy and weaken.

For research purposes (and I think because of an early misunderstanding of the mechanism that causes CMT), the disease is placed under the umbrella of Muscular Dystrophy. The symptoms are quite similar.

Hope that helps!

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