International web-based SUPPORT/ADVOCACY GROUP exclusively for patients diagnosed with Myotonic Dystrophy type 2 (DM2) or PROMM. Access an online patient resource base to become better informed about DM2. Share support & a wealth of information including medical research, best updated links, etc. Information available on request. Patient members currently reside in the U.S., Canada, Europe, Australia and Israel.
DM2 is an underdiagnosed form of Muscular Dystrophy, suspected by some researchers to have a similar prevelance to DM1. It is an autosomal dominant inherited multisystemic disorder caused by a defective gene on chromosome 3q21. The clinical features are heterogeneous & may include SOME OR MANY of the following: progressive muscle weakness, muscle pain, stiffness, myotonia, fatigue, daytime sleepiness, cataracts, cardiac abnormalities, endocrine abnormalities i.e.insulin resistance & mild cognitive disorder. While milder than DM1 or Steiner's, DM2 has many clinically similar symptoms but has significant differences as well.
Our advocacy is intended to raise the profile of the myotonic dystrophies, increase availability of accurate updated information, support research efforts & encourage members to become more informed about issues impacting their health. This forum includes current medical research, links to other sites & a growing list of resources on DM2, also known as PROMM, MMD2, Proximal Myotonic Myopathy, Proximal myotonic dystrophy, Dystrophia Myotonica 2, Myotonic Dystrophy 2, Myotonic Muscular Dystrophy type 2 & Ricker Syndrome. A nominal level of participation is required by all members.
Participants of this forum must note that we are not medical professionals. Ideas and discussion in this forum are intended to be educational in nature. For diagnosis and management of DM2, seek a neurologist who specializes in adult neuromuscular diseases.