Yes, i have some family who have ms. My father's dad had it and my first cuz on his side also has it. I've been thinking about this topic too and am glad u started this thread. As u may have read, i have psoriasis which has gotten worse since all my symptoms began and as funny as it may sound, seems to worsen when my symptoms act up. Also, my daughter is potentially looking at ra, which as Uppity pointed out, is autoimmune as well. I think this whole pic is pretty intertwined, tho we may never have proof of it. Thanks for starting this and i'm looking forward to seeing the responses u get.
Hey, I'm new here and newly diagnosed with MS just this past thursday. I have been waiting for a diagnosis for about 12 years now. I have a younger brother who has been diagnosed with MS for about 3 years now. He only had symptoms for about 6 months before diagnosis. We both have other autoimmune diseases ( I have Graves disease and he has Alopecia) and there are many autoimmune diseases that run on both my mother's and my father's side of the family. My mother has been struggling with Trigeminal Neuralgia for about 25 years and has recently developed some other MS symptoms and has been sent for an MRI which has not yet been done.
I have to say that this site is a god send for me. It makes me realize that I am not alone in this struggle and I am not the only one who had to struggle to get a difinitive diagnosis. My Doctor was extremely worried about how to tell me the news on Thursday. I have to say that when he said "there have been some significant adverse changes on your MRI," the first emotions that I felt were happiness and relief. I felt about 20 years younger and about 50 pounds lighter. I know this may sound weird and it's not like I want to have MS but now the Doctors can't call me a hypochondriac or crazy and tell me there is nothing wrong with me.
On my dad's side my uncle has it. He's had it for 21 years now. Only just last year he got in a wheelchair. He was swimming laps 3 times a week. So when I got dx'd I was not afraid and did not think of it as a death sentence just another hurdle to climb over and it's a tough one to battle but I get by every day.
I have 10 uncles and 2 aunts and 40 first cousin's on my dad's side so far I am the only one that's been dx'd with MS other than the one uncle.