Sister Has Ms, And I Am Worried That I Have It Too.

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Asked by iblady2u

Sister Has Ms, And I Am Worried That I Have It Too.

I am a 54 year old woman, and my sister has MS, she has had it for over 15 years. Now I feel that I may have it too. I am getting pins and needle feelings in my arms and legs. My side gets numb, I am tired all the time, I itch alot, and I stay hot. My doctor is trying to rule out everthing else but MS, but he did take blood work today, but would that show it? Also when he did the knee jerk reflex I had none. Should I be worried? I was also newly diagnosed with diabetes type 2, but my sugar is not that high, plus I don't need to take medication. I am really worried, but would like to know, what chance could there be that I could also have MS?

Answer

Hi iblady2u,

I hear your worry and concern about having MS. I cannot give you medical advice but only my experience. I think that blood tests will not give a definitive answer to MS but may rule out other illnesses that you don't have. I know that doctors rely on MRI's more and more to diagnose patients. Usually the doctors will need two separate symptoms that affect the brain, spinal cord or optic nerves about a month apart. Given your sister's MS, they may go ahead and order an MRI for you. The only way you are going to find out these answers is to consult with a qualified neurologist who specializes in MS. They can help you to find your answers. In the meantime, you should empower yourself with reading what you can about MS. I suggest The National Multiple Sclerosis Society (http://www.nationalmssociety.org/about-multiple-sclerosis/what-we-know-about-ms/diagnosing-ms/index.aspx) for learning about getting your diagnosis answers.

Good luck and keep us posted!

Cathy