Hi Barb! My name is Barb also, and I was dx last year at the age of 50. I also did not have much warning prior to an exacerberation/flare. In retrospect, my only previous symptoms were a partially numb foot and fatigue. My foot was that way (and still is) for several years and the doctors said it was probably caused by a pinched nerve. I am only taking a low dose of baclofen in the evening right now, and I do not really notice that it has a noticeable effect on the stiffness in my left leg. My other symptoms are pain/ siffness in left rib cage, occasional back pain, and burning/tingling pain in left forearm and on the top of my head. Neurontin seems to lessen the burning/tingling pain.
I am not on amy of the progression therapies either although I tried 3 different ones and had bad reactions to all three. (Long story). I have been to a ms clinic and they consider my ms to be relatively mild at this point. I have another MRI at the end of this week and if it shows no active inflamation I will not try any new therapies for at least 6 months.
I am also surprised that your doctor/neuro has not put you on any of the DMD's. There are lots of people in their 50's and 60's who are on these treatments.
Diagnosed April 2007
Started betaseron -- May 2007 -- experienced allergic reactions after 2 weeks
Started copaxone -- June 2007 -- stopped after 4 1/2 months;experienced severe 5 IPIR's
Started tysabri -- December 2007
Stopped tysabri -- April 2008 (developed antibodies/severe reactions)