Multiple Sclerosis Are you the only person in your family to have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?

Tie One on for Multiple Sclerosis
Tie One on for Multiple Sclerosis

Are you the only person in your family to have been diagnosed with multiple sclerosis?

Actually this is quite an important question as many people in the multiple sclerosis community are concerned that others in their family will develop the condition.

Some years ago when I discussed the question with a neurologist they said , rather lamely, that it was genetic in some cases.

So I thought the most useful thing to do would be to ask my readers. This should tell us a bit more about the incidence of multiple sclerosis in families.

Please feel free to add any thoughts you might have about ms and genetics in the comments section below!

9 comments
LeslieCarbaughEvans
LeslieCarbaughEvans

My daughter was diagnosed in her 20's and I was diagnosed in my 50's. No one in MY family has/had it. However, my first husband and father of my daughter had MS, as did his sister and mother. And no, he and I weren't related, ha! SO it was bizarre when I was diagnosed, which I guess means my daughter got a double dose.

Cindyk54
Cindyk54

I am the only one in my family that has MS. I am thankful for that.

JennieJo
JennieJo

I am the only one who has MS in my family. It was a very challenging thing to accept and understand when you never saw it coming. I am 50% Latvian 25%polish 25%Irish. .with that being said my natural born genetic makeup consists mostly to people who are in a region that is not near the equator, fair skinned, and usually low in Vitamin D due to lack of sunlight. Not sure if that could be a link? I also am extremely low in B12. My body doesn't absorb it unless I get the monthly injection . Im 27 and was diagnosed at age 20 . Which I am told that is pretty young to have this diagnosis.

klane2325
klane2325

My father's brother has been diagnosed with MS and so has my mother's niece. I worry for my children because my husband's grandmother had MS as well. I was diagnosed November 2015.