Aside from MS I have a number of health issues, so it's really tough sometimes to tell if symptoms that flare up are actually due to MS or something else. For instance, I've got bone pain in my left lower leg, but it's most likely due to the heal spur. If I didn't know about the heal spur, I might assume it is related to MS.
But anyway, here's the major struggle. For years I've had periodic problems with the muscles going rock hard in my neck, upper back, and jaw. I've had a pretty good summer and spring where this particular problem didn't flare up at all, but this week it's back with a vengeance. My jaw muscles feel like they're always contracted and want to grind my teeth. But I don't actually grind them normally, and my bite does not feel like it's off. My neck, head and back are just as tense all the time. Yesterday my chiropractor tried to release some of the muscles, but wasn't able to accomplish anything other than very temporary relief. The tension feels like it's wrapped around my head and neck so tight that I almost can't see straight, and my fatigue is considerably worse. I usually attribute it to weather changes, but we've had nothing but sunshine and stable weather for weeks, and there's no change in the forecast any time soon. So I'm wondering if this is just another MS symptom to wade through or if it's likely to be something else, like TMJ, which I have had in the past and didn't feel anywhere near this bad. I hate going to the doctor every week for whatever comes up next, lest he think I'm a hypochondriac, lol. Plus, he's most likely going to tell me to take a pain killer and/or muscle relaxant and send me home. (My IBS means those are not options anyway).