Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Complex. Multiple sclerosis is an issue of genetic susceptibility, not the usual heredity, and risk runs about 3-5% if mother has it, 1-2% if father has it. But without specific environmental triggers, the disease will be unlikely to manifest.
No proof. No conclusive proof that m s is transmitted by genetics ( hereditary) but slightly higher incidence is noted in some families.

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Please help docs! Is multiple sclerosis hereditary?

Not primary cause. Ms is clearly influenced by genetics, as we are aware of risk profiles increasing genetic susceptibility and some genetic protective profiles; but, without a number of environmental influences, will not occur. So, like folks who get flu frequently, this is a vulnerability, but not a hereditary illness. Read more...

Is multiple sclerosis hereditary? My grandmother had multiple sclerosis, she passed away a few years ago. I'm almost 22 and lately I have been feeling completely run down, I go through dizzy spells, I mix up words and jumble them around, and I have been h

Yes . Yes multiple sclerosis does have hereditary compontent to it...Your symptoms though are not completely consitent with ms. Read more...
Strictly . Strictly speaking, ms is not hereditary in the same sense as adult diabetes (type ii), where inheritance rate approaches 90%. In contrast, first degree relatives of patients with ms carry 2-5% risk of having ms. Note that your grandmother is your second-degree relative, so your risk is no higher than that of general population - approximately 0.1%. So, while there is an undisputable genetic component to ms, it is not really hereditary. More information on ms genetics is available through national ms society: http://www.Nationalmssociety.Org/multimedia-library/brochures/general-information/download.Aspx?Id=28. Read more...
Approaches. You could have anemia, thyroid problems, sleep disorder, depression or other emotional issues, even migraine. MS is NOT a genetic disorder, and doubt Grandma's affliction has been passed onto you. Read more...

Is multiple sclerosis a hereditary condition?

In part. Hereditary risk is one factor, but the interplay between genetic background and environment is likely in this disease. Identical twins studies show about a 30% risk for MS if one twin has the disease (certainly not 100%). Population studies show certain ancestry may increase or decrease risk (e.g. Northern european ancestry high, whereas asian, african, aboriginal very low). Read more...
Multiple Sclerosis. A danish study does suggest that relatives of ms patients may be as much as seven times more likely to get the disease compared to people with no known relatives with the disease. This may be the result of common genetics.It could also be caused by common environmental exposures. No one knows for sure.. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/pmh0001747/. Read more...
NO. Although it occurs in those who are genetically susceptible, such as HLA-B-1*1501, in absence of added environmental factors, would not arise. Not a true heredity which is clearly passed from parents to children in any fashion, and familial incidence is truly rather low in offspring. Read more...

Does multiple sclerosis have a hereditary component?

Yes. No single gene for MS has been found or likely to be found. Multiple genes have been identified which in different population studies worldwide seem to increase risk or protect against ms. The vast majority of these genes relate to immune system function. Genetic background, combined with environmental trigger likely trigger this disorder. Read more...
Multiple sclerosis. A danish study does suggest that relatives of ms patients may be as much as seven times more likely to get the disease compared to people with no known relatives with the disease. This may be the result of common genetics. It could also be caused by common environmental exposures. No one knows for sure. Read more...
Not genetic disorder. Ms does seem to run in families, but does not occur as a hereditary condition. Rather, our genetic makeup confers either susceptibility or protection, and we have identified genes in both categories. Even if susceptible, without environmental influences, such as latitude, the disease will not occur. So, multiple factors play a role affecting our immune system expressions. Read more...

Which is inherited--muscular dystrophy or multiple sclerosis?

Muscular dystrophy. Muscular dystrophy is much more of an inherited disorder. Some are x-linked, others are autosomal. Heredity is not nearly as prominent in ms. Read more...
See answer below. Muscular dystrophies are inherited. Multiple sclerosis on the other hand is not thought of as a genetic disease. Read more...

I'm scared I have multiple sclerosis?

Find MS specialist. We have potent and effective meds these days, especially Gilenya and tysabri, (natalizumab) and dietary measures, vitamin supplements, avoidance of smoking, and aerobic exercise all play an important role in eventual success. You will benefit from working with an experienced neurologist who has extensive ms experience. Read more...
Need to know more. Will really need to know more about what your symptoms are. Initially, you should discuss your concerns with your primary care physician. Then an appropriate a referral to a neurologist will allow a more definitive diagnosis for you.Multiple sclerosis is treatable at the present time with multiple medications and ensure an excellany quality of life. Read more...

What are the odds that I'm going to develop multiple sclerosis? How common is this?

Variable. If you have identical twin with MS, about 30%, but if no relative and you live north of latitudes 39-42, could be as high as 1 in 545 in the general population. About 450,000 cases thought to be in USA, in a population over 300,000,000. Read more...

I recently diagnosed by multiple sclerosis, and I don't know what to do I'm afraid to take medication.

Multiple sclerosis . First, I wish you will get better and get over this disease, and that can't be achieved without specialists supervision, neurologists and other physicians, and taking medications prescribed according to your stage / severity of the disease, if questioning the diagnosis, get a second opnion. If really anxious / depressed seek psychiatric help, but don't just stay put, good luck . Read more...
Well. First of all you should have a primary doctor that you can talk to and have any and all of your questions answered. Now with regards to medication. Do not be afraid for there are some very good medications today again your doctor should be giving you information and reassurance. You will do well don't worry . Read more...