I'm just wondering why no one has commented on my question I'm stressed out worried and can't get anyone to comment here either
Honestly, sudden onset of pins and needles and numbness in your hand and arm sounds a lot more like a nerve entrapment injury. If I was you, I'd head to a good physiotherapist first. They can carry out some simple tests to see if this is the actual issue.
Do you have specific fingers that go numb first?
Hi and welcome,
It's actually a lot more common to be the only member in the family with MS....MS isn't genetically inheritable like many other medical conditions it's more of a genetic susceptibility, having said that though there can be multiple family members diagnosed with MS but it's honestly not the norm.
The odds slightly increase with first relations, eg parent and siblings, the further removed the relationship the less likely it becomes eg grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins etc, your mothers sister's (maternal aunt's) diagnoses shouldn't really be of concern to her sisters or brothers children...
To be honest i'm not sure if your saying your father was actually diagnosed with MS or some other neurological disorder ("My father had ND"), but even if he was dx with MS, keep in mind your aunt and father are only related by marriage.
'IF' they had been brother and sister and both diagnosed with MS, the genetic susceptibility in the family would be higher so their children would of had higher odds of being dx-ed with MS but even then, the odds (depending on where you look) are only around 5-10%, which means 90-95% of MSers children won't be diagnosed with MS..
" If MS were solely dependent on genes, it would be expected that if one identical twin developed the condition, so would the other, which isn't the case.
Studies have shown that, whilst still small, the risk of developing multiple sclerosis is higher for people who already have someone with MS in their family.
An Australian study published in 2013 combined the results of 18 previous studies to get a better estimate of the risk of MS in family members. In families where one member was already diagnosed with MS, the risk was highest for more closely related members.
Lifetime risk of MS by relationship to someone with MS:
Identical twin - 1 in 5
Non-identical twin - 1 in 22
Other brothers or sisters - 1 in 37
Parent - 1 in 67
Child - 1 in 48
Relatives that were less closely related had a lower risk.
The lifetime risk in the general population is about 1 in 330...
...MS risk in context
It is worth putting MS in context with other conditions.
1 in 3 people will develop some form of cancer
1 in 9 women will develop breast cancer at some point in their lives
1 in 9 men will develop prostate cancer
1 in 20 people over the age of 65 have dementia
1 in 22 people have chronic heart disease
1 in 33 people have diabetes
1 in 500 people have Parkinson's Disease"
I would strongly suggest you put any worrying thoughts you have about what you experience being a neurological condition like MS completely out of your mind....bilateral, all peripherals (upper and lower limbs) are typically red flags pointing away from neurological conditions like MS because the symptom pattern is not commonly associated with MS and more commonly associated with peripheral nervous system issues.
IF you already have a pre existing structural spinal issue and had spinal surgery, it's just 'more likely' to be structural spinal related and or migraine related which has worsened around the same time frame....higher likelihood it's all associated to what you already know about, so don't put it off any longer, make an appointment with a neurologist and find out for sure what exactly is going on!
Hope that helps....JJ
Thank you I am actually leaning I'm that direction to be honest. I really wasn't even concerned that it was MS until the Dr's were concerned. I'm a very positive person I don't go looking for problems. This is the last thing I was expecting to hear. Anyway had MRI haven't got results but I'm sure all is well!! Thank you for your response I am glad I'm not the only one thinking more that way!!! Rather than the alternative