So sorry to hear of your history of breast cancer.
My head must have been out to its proverbial lunch last evening.
A great list of other diagnoses to consider can be found on pages 21-23 of the Boston Cure Project’s Multiple Sclerosis Primer: www.bostoncure.org/downloads/bcp-ms-primer.pdf
You might come up with a whole list of questions after checking that out.
And, if you check out www.mult-sclerosis.org/news/December2003
for an article on Highlights from the 128th Annual Meeting of the ANA, you will find information about a study on late onset MS that you could take to your neuro’s appointment.
My presenting symptoms were similar to some but not all of those reported in that study. The most common symptoms (52 patients with first symptoms of MS at age 50 or older (mean age of onset, 57.6 years) were paraperesis (difficulty moving legs, leg weakness, etc.), sensory symptoms, and gait dysfunction. Spinal lesions were very common “much more common than is typically seen in younger MS cohorts”, and “gadolinium-enhancing lesions were present initially in 8 patients only.” I didn’t have any spinal lesions but I did have plenty of those enhanced lesions (more than 10). They characterize us oldies as an “interesting subpopulation because of our unique presentation.”
If you really want to pursue something before your neuros appointment because you think it’s MS, two things you may want to check out are low dose naltrexone (LDN) and minocycline. Both are FDA approved already for other things. There’s great information on the This MS site on LDN and also on minocycline. The trial for minocycline is actually happening in Canada so you might be able to convince your primary care doc to give you a script if you decide to pursue it. Also be sure to read the thread started by Arron, the moderator, “Important Page to Read”, the Chlamydia thread and check out the information in Regimens.
Interesting that you mention the polio. I was a "polio pioneer" for the vaccines and also wondered if my diagnosis was related to that.
Anyway, I hope this information is a bit more useful. Do take care and keep exercising.