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    tracie_1984 posted:
    have a first cousin that has ms i am not sure if it is her mom or dad that has it. i was wondering if you have some of the symptoms should i talk to my dr about it
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    hackwriter responded:
    Dear tracie,

    Though MS can run in some families, the risk is still low, somewhere between 3% and 5%, that an immediate family member will also develop the disease. Therefore, you are not at a statistically significant risk of having MS if your first cousin has it, you would run the same risk as the general population, which is a little over 1%.

    That said, if you are experiencing symptoms such as loss of vision, numbness/weakness/tingling in your limbs, bladder/bowel problems, fatigue, see your doctor. Multiple Sclerosis shares many symptoms with other conditions, and that is why it is important to see your doctor. Chances are it's not MS but something much easier to treat.

    Hope this helps.

    Kim
     
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    hackwriter replied to hackwriter's response:
    Note: According to the Q&A in the right hand column, immediate family members have only a 1%-3% chance of developing MS--and the general population has a less than 1% chance of developing MS. Either way, it is a rare disorder and the role genetics play in it are still not totally understood.

    Kim


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