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How do I manage my myotonic dystrophy on a daily basis?

Myotonic dystrophy can be managed on a daily basis using a combination of medication, physical therapy, and assistive devices. Medications are available to lessen myotonia, and if you have diabetes or mild diabetic symptoms, medication can help you control your blood sugar. Physical therapy can help keep your joints flexible and reduce contracture pain.

Devices such as braces and wheelchairs can help support weak muscles and improve mobility.

If you have sleep apnea, a nasal-continuous positive airway pressure (N-CPAP) device can help.

Eating smaller meals more often, avoiding cold liquids, and elevating the head of the bed can help if you have difficulties with eating or swallowing.

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