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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

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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.

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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.
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Dr. Pavle Repovic
Neurology

In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Samir Peshimam
Critical Care

In brief: Yes

Yes multiple sclerosis does have hereditary compontent to it.
..Your symptoms though are not completely consitent with ms.

In brief: Yes

Yes multiple sclerosis does have hereditary compontent to it.
..Your symptoms though are not completely consitent with ms.
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