My husband and I were just getting ready to try for kids and I want to make sure I'm not mis-diagnosed so I don't pass any thing onto future kids that could have been prevented. Needless to say no one understands the stress, depression and confusion I have been feeling so I thought I would see if I can get some support from this forum.
Hi Shay, and welcome. I agree with NHE about all the MS mimics, so you may have to nudge your doctor into doing as much testing as needed. Feel free to ask as many questions as you want, and I'm sure there will be someone to help you find more info. Please check out the other sub-forums here at TIMS and don't forget the "search" function.
I'll also give you a link to the NMSS information with the basic genetics of MS. Although there does appear to be a genetic component, there's not much of a direct "hereditary" connection. I'll also add a quote about that from NMSS that, I hope, will reassure you a little. Since MS is diagnosed so often later in life, many, many of us (like me) had our children way before we knew we had MS and definitely don't regret it. And many of us (like me) are doing okay even after years and years of MS. http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about- ... index.aspx
This is from the National Multiple Sclerosis Society site, but you should check out the whole link:
How do we know that genes are not the only factor in determining who gets MS? The identical twin of a person with MS has a 1 in 4 chance of developing the disease. The fact that identical twins of people with MS—who share all the same genes—don’t always get MS, and that more than 80% of people with MS do not have a first-degree relative with MS, demonstrates conclusively that MS is not directly inherited and that factors other than genetics must be involved.
Good luck and keep us posted how you're doing.