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Do early symptoms of multiple sclerosis and a family history of it mean the symptoms increase?

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The first symptoms of multiple sclerosis typically get better and then return, according to WebMD. However, it is possible they may follow a pattern of either fluctuating or lingering.

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Multiple sclerosis can be brought on by a variety of factors, including a person's environment or another autoimmune condition, explains Patient.co.uk. Genetics also plays a part. There is a 4 percent risk of children contracting multiple sclerosis if a first-degree relative has it. Twenty percent of those diagnosed with multiple sclerosis have a relative with the condition.

Symptoms may appear in different patterns, reports Patient.co.uk. Relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis is defined by periods of good health followed by relapses, or the return of symptoms. As symptoms gradually worsen, and there are fewer periods of remission, the individual advances into secondary progressive multiple sclerosis. The third pattern is primary progressive; the individual has symptoms that gradually develop and worsen over time without remission periods.

No two people experience exactly the same symptoms, notes WebMD. Early symptoms include blurred vision, lack of coordination, loss of balance, numbness and trouble with cognitive ability. It is recommended a patient work closely with a doctor if there are any concerns about developing multiple sclerosis. As of February 2015, there is no cure for the condition; however, most people are able to manage their symptoms with proper treatment. There are several medications that manage progression of the condition and also treat symptoms, according to the Mayo Clinic. Physical therapy, exercise and diet are effective methods of treatment.

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