I am newly 25yrs old, my mother had MS , and in my constant research I have found there may be possible links between MS and epilepsy, migraines, bipolar disorder, and scoliosis, all of which I have been diagnosed with as a child, except for my scoliosis was diagnosed directly before my epidural for thw birth of my 2nd child. Also as a child I sustained quite a bit of head trauma. Given all these factors I am beginning to wonder if I should begin testing for MS?
You have a lot on your plate! MS is not something that can be predicted with any sort of diagnostic test, it is primarily diagnosed through assessment of health history and evidence of disease activity as shown on MRI (learn more about the diagnostic process here
If you are having concerning symptoms
, I encourage you discuss them with your healthcare providers. If you do not already receive care from a neurologist you may be referred to one for further discussion and testing. Be sure to tell them that your mother has MS, as having a close family member with this diagnosis does increase your chance of getting MS.
Take good care of yourself,
My name is Amanda and I grew up with my father having MS. He has been living with it for 22 years therefore I do know a lot about it myself. On January 24, 2014 I lost my right eye sight and after eye testing and an MRI I was told that I have MS. I did not tell the eye doctor or the Emergency room doctors that my father has MS so after they gave me the news I then told them about my father.
There are a lot of conflict about MS being genetic or not. I am still in the process of waiting for my appointment with a local MS Center to see a MS Neurologist to really be diagnosed and take me next steps. I am also trying to find out more information about genetic in MS.
In my opinion if you feel like you are experiencing symptoms and feel that something may be off then go with your gut and get a neurologist. Now I wish that I went with my gut and got tested before my attack.
Best of luck to you and your family.
It is my understanding, that the chance of getting the disease MS is not related to previous trauma someone might have suffered to the nervous system. Although the exact cause of MS is not known, most believe it to be some sort of an auto immune disorder and not related to structural damage. But I'm still learning all this stuff too.
I would talk to your doctor about the symptoms you described and see if they feel like that would be enough to start the sometimes long and drawn out process of diagnosing MS.
You really have been dealt some challenges eh? Hope you are coping with things ok xx
My mum found out she had MS when she was 42.. and here I am just getting over Optic Neuritis at 41, having cognitive difficulties.. fatigue... and Uhthoff's Phenomenon is the best one ..haaa! anyway .. 2 MRI's showed up MS related lesions on the brain/spine... and I am still not officially diagnosed lol.. .. but my neurologist is seeing me again this week..
So is there a relationship/connection that is still being worked out??!! .. But it is true there are no tests (as yet).. just MRIs.. good luck with everthing you poor bug xx