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Should I talk to my doctor about my muscular dystrophy symptoms?

If you have muscular dystrophy, you should discuss your symptoms with a neurologist.  While there are no treatments for muscular dystrophy, the neurologist may consider monitoring of your heart, lung, and swallowing function, suggest exercises or physical therapy or refer you for supportive braces which will enable you to walk independently longer, and refer you for genetic counseling.   

If you or your child are experiencing symptoms that could be caused by muscular dystrophy, you should talk to your doctor. These symptoms may include weakness, a lack of coordination, or any other muscle problems. It is especially important to talk to a doctor if you are experiencing symptoms and have a family history of muscular dystrophy. Your doctor may refer you to another specialist such as a neurologist, a doctor who specializes in nerve and brain conditions.

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