Muscular dystrophy and related conditions cause muscles to waste and weaken. More than 70,000 people in the UK are affected

Mitochondrial myopathies

Mitochondrial myopathy is a collective term for a group of diseases that particularly affect muscle, but which may also affect every other part of the body including the brain and the eye. Mitochondrial myopathies affect people in different ways. The most common problem is a combination of mild weakness of the arms and legs together with droopy eyelids and difficulty in moving the eyes.

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign provides expert advice and support for individuals living with mitochondrial myopathy and their families, and for health professionals.  We lead the search for treatments and cures for muscle-wasting conditions.

In this section you'll find the latest information about mitrochondrial myopathy and helpful resources. 

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign supports individuals and families by:

  • funding mitrochondrial myopathy research projects and providing information on research progress
  • leading the patient voice in the HFEA consultation on new IVF technique with potential to stop mitochondrial myopathy being passed from mother to child
  • supporting the training and development of the next generation of scientists and funding clinical trials co-ordinators in the drive towards potential treatments for muscle-wasting conditions
  • working with, and providing training and education for, NHS-funded care advisors
  • taking a leading role in driving NHS support for neuromuscular networks and spearheading campaigns to improve access and quality of specialist care
  • offering advice and information and enabling people to overcome difficulties through our advocacy service
  • providing grants towards specialist equipment to help people to live as independently as possible
  • helping people to connect with each other through our local Muscle Groups, online via TalkMD, at conferences and events; and through Trailblazers, our national network of young disabled people.

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There is a role for everyone in the fight against muscle-wasting conditions.  We are a small but strong community of people in the UK and we are determined to win this fight, together.

There are opportunities to get involved in a variety of ways, such as:

Support and Information

Always remember, the charity is here for you and your family. For more information about mitochondrial myopathy or for support, contact our freephone support line or send us an email (Monday to Friday 8.30am - 6pm): 0800 652 6352 (freephone)

A support group called Mito Links run by people with the conditions and their families provides support, information and links with other families affected by these conditions.  To make contact:

Beating muscle-wasting conditions is a massive challenge requiring a collective effort, but with advances made in research over the last 20 years there has never been a better time to join us. Together, we can win the fight.

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