just wondering if you are the only one in your family with MS......
I have a cousin with MS, my dad and another cousin have HNPP (Hereditary Neuropathy with liability to Pressure Palsies), and I've been diagnosed with both. (Dad had genetic testing, and 50% of their offspring have it.) That means that my peripheral nerves are demyelinating like my central nervous system and I have a missing myelin gene.
I really think there must be a connection between them.
I write about peripheral neuropathy on here a lot, because it's impossible to tell which of my symptoms are from MS and which are PNS issues. Since the peripheral nerves are all the ones that are not in the CNS (brain/spinal cord), they're just as likely to cause some of the same symptoms as MS - especially for someone like me, but I suspect that other MSers have a few PNS issues as well, even without HNPP.
Here's a bit info for anyone who's interested. This is why I wonder if I would even notice if my MS disappeared. http://www.merck.com/mmhe/sec06/ch095/ch095i.html
Hereditary Neuropathy With Liability to Pressure Palsies
Hereditary neuropathy with liability to pressure palsies is a hereditary disorder in which nerves become very sensitive to pressure, injury, and use.
In this neuropathy, nerves are susceptible to damage resulting from relatively slight pressure or injury or from repetitive use. Usually, this neuropathy starts during adolescence or young adulthood, but it may start at any age...
Peroneal nerve palsy with footdrop, ulnar nerve palsy, and carpal tunnel syndrome commonly develop. Numbness or weakness occurs periodically in the affected area. Symptoms vary from unnoticeable and mild to severe and incapacitating. Episodes may last several minutes to months.
Wishing good health vibes to all of us this morning.