hi there coley, it's very hard to say whether you have ms, but based on what you described i urge you to have a zinc test done.
i have had the same cognitive problems, horrible re phone numbers etc, and they were definitely related to zinc deficiency. i suspected zinc, had the test done, fixed a serious deficiency, and now my brain's all better.
the fact that your episodes have occured after three pregnancies strongly suggests zinc impairment to me. pregnancy places a high demand for zinc on the mother's body.
also, since your youngest child has required multiple surgeries, i am sitting here wondering if your zinc status may have been dangerously low even after your second pregnancy.
the 'normal' range for zinc is 11.5-18.5 umol/L. 'healthy controls' sit at more like 18-20 umol/L. if you get a test done, do not take 'it's normal' for an answer. there was a member here whose lab used 10-20 umol/L as their 'normal' range. the lab told this member their serum zinc was normal. when the lab was pressed for actual results, it turned out this person's level was 10.083 umol/L. deficient by research standards, and far off the healthy upper end of the normal range.
Zinc and copper in pregnancy, correlations to fetal and maternal complicationshttp://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/1067748
Serum zinc and serum copper concentrations during early pregnancy in 84 consecutive primigravidae were correlated to other haematological factors and were also correlated to complications of labour and/or complications affecting the infant. ...One infant showed a congenital heart defect (ventricular septum defect and preductal coarctation of aorta). Her mother showed the lowest serum zinc concentration recorded in the 13th week, but no other abnormal findings. Compared to women with abnormal labours and/or immature infants, mothers with normal deliveries and normal deliveries and normal infants showed significantly higher serum zinc values (p less than 0.001) and significantly lower serum copper concentrations (p less than 0.025) during early pregnancy. A notably high incidence of complications affecting mothers and infants has been recorded among women with low serum zinc. Similarities to effects of experimental zinc deficiency in animals are striking. If a low serum zinc reflects a state of deficiency, and this seems to be the case, zinc deficiency is probably common.
the good news is, zinc does a LOT of different things in your body. if you find your levels are indeed low, it is such an easy problem to resolve, and then a whole bunch of other processes can work properly also.
i'd strongly suggest a serum zinc test for you, and having the doc to check your kids' zinc levels too! fyi last study i saw on zinc levels in healthy children, the average serum zinc level was 20.5 umol/L. if you want that abstract to take to the doc i can link you up to it. hope that helps.
my approach: no meds so far - just nutrient-dense anti-inflammatory whole foods, and supplements where needed
info: www.whfoods.com, www.nutritiondata.com