There may be certain patterns in your family that make it more likely that your neurological disorder is genetic (or caused by a gene mutation). Some of these patterns include:
If you recognize any of these patterns in your own family history, you should share this information with your healthcare provider so that you can discuss it further. Genetic testing might be helpful to determine the cause of your symptoms and to guide management recommendations.
You can use our family history tool here to gather information about your family history and take it with you to your next appointment with your healthcare provider.