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Hereditary?

  • By CC4Ryder

    Two of my adult kids have MS, male and female, diagnosed in their 40’s. I have had symptoms I believe as well. My question: If I have it, could I have passed it on to my I children?

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  • By Carol

    Absolutely. MS is hereditary. I got my MS from my mother. One of her sisters, my aunt gave one of her daughters MS, who is now in a wheelchair. I hate to say it, but if you have a disease and know that it is hereditary, it would be wise for you to adopt children if you would like to have children.

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  • By Erin Rush Moderator

    Hi, CC4Ryder! I can understand why you might be concerned about this. There is a genetic component to MS, but having a first degree relative (sibling, parent, child) with MS only slightly raises an individual’s chances of developing the disease. You can read more about the genetic factor and MS here — https://multiplesclerosis.net/causes/genetics-contribute-to-risk-for-developing-ms/. I hope this answers your question and please don’t hesitate to reach out if you have anymore questions or concerns. We are happy to help in nay way we can. Best, Erin, MultipleSclerosis.net Team Member.

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