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   Posted 10/8/2008 9:41 AM (GMT -7)   
my boyfriend just found out he may possibly have ms. so i cant help but wonder, if we have children can they develop it to or will they most likely?

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   Posted 10/8/2008 10:35 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey Amanda

Well there are two schools of thought on that. I've read both... There is the belief that the chance to have ms is more prominent if u have a parent with ms, but there is also the belief that it is NOT passed on from parent to child, but rather from more distant family. There is a connection in sibling to sibling as well. Meaning, often it is seen in siblings where the parents have no indication of ms or ms'ish symptoms. I suppose it's not real clear. In any case...u just have to weigh the situation as it affects u and u'r boyfriend. If u feel ms or not...i want kids...then go with that! Don't let the fear of something u can't be sure of prevent u from doing something u ARE sure u want. This is a tough position friend. I know of folks who made the decision to not have kids because they knew they had ms and i also know of folks who did have kids and it has of course enriched their lives and given them all that they hoped for. Be easy on u'rself here friend. Take lots of time to weigh this and don't worry about what if's just yet. We'll be right here supporting u and u'r boyfriend with all this.
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   Posted 10/8/2008 3:49 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi Amanda,

As Rhonda pointed out, there is a lot of conflicting information on this subject. I'm sure this possible diagnosis is overwhelming and scary for both you and your boyfriend. Try to remember to take all this one step at a time as he goes through the diagnosis process. You might check out the link below from the MSAA for their info on "who gets MS," as it discusses family. While I don't know what research backs up their numbers, they are a reliable source of info on MS.


(Mod Note: Sunny i worked on u'r link, but can't fix it. It is adding some letters and symbols and redirecting, so u'r instructions to paste are going to be the best way.)

Post Edited By Moderator (rhondab) : 10/8/2008 5:25:42 PM (GMT-6)

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   Posted 10/8/2008 3:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm having trouble making links work, but if you copy and paste the URL below into your browser it should take you to the correct page:

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   Posted 10/9/2008 10:12 PM (GMT -7)   
I am optimistic that my children will not inherit my bad auto-immune gene...the way I look at it is,my Parents dont have MS. They didnt pass it to me. Where'd I get it from?? Who knows! So,Whether my Parents passed the gene down to me doesnt matter. I have it regardless. If my Children do indeed end up with illness,at least they have a person they know and trust to talk to about MS problems. Finding someone that understand is sooo hard,so at least they would have me to be there(as I would whether I had MS or not).
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   Posted 10/11/2008 9:06 PM (GMT -7)   

Hi all,

I am a pathological optimist but also a realist.  My mother had MS and so do I.   My mother's MS was mainly in the arms and mine is down the left side of my body with walking the worst.  But we both have pain as the major symptom and I have read similar symptoms are common in inherited type MS though whether environmental or genetic I do not know.  A few houses away I have a friend whose husband has MS.  They have four daughters 3 have auto immune diseases - diabetes, lupus/chronic fatigue and the yougest (26) now experiencing pins & needles and vision problems?  I worked with disabled people and one man with MS had a daughter with lupus.  I definitely believe that there is a genetic predisposition to all disease and there are many who believe this but it does not mean you will get it.

Good news is that I read that if you take fish oil when you are pregnant the babys nervous system will be strong & they will NOT get MS.  I have been taking 3000 ml good quality fish oil for 15 years and it is great to counteract inflammation (& good for a whole lot else skin, PMS, as well).  The one time I stopped I developed blurry vision as soon as I resumed it good vision returned??  I also read that taking fish oil daily at any time can help prevent MS but my daughter (now 25) does not belive in it.  She is very, very fatigued every day so I am really concerned but can do nothing except pray, thats why being aware and doing all you can when pregnant is the best way to go.  Children are the greatest joy but a worry too and independant souls on their own path. Love, light and blessings

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