Well, I made my long awaited appointment with Dr. G (the neuro) but can't get in until March. Oh well. I was browsing through the Fibromyalgia threads and most of my symptoms are very much like the ones i see on that forum. I would think that they would be similar to those of MS? I've heard that you can have the "white spots" and not have MS - right?
I also read somewhere that a study showed that migraines may cause lesions (i emphasize "may") on the brain. Has anyone heard anything like that before? I've suffered from migraines since I was about 10. The burning/pain in the back of my neck and shoulders is just getting to be so irritating = it's pretty much constant. I don't know if I should see a rheumy or not. I just don't know. I think I need to go back on Lexapro.
Yes, many symptoms of fibromyalgia mimic those of MS. With fibro, though, there are specific "pressure points" that, if a doctor presses on them, the patient will feel a distinct pain. Those "pressure points" are not common to MS.
Yes, migraines (and other conditions) can cause white spots, or lesions, to appear on MRI's. And yes, white spots can occur without there being any known cause, and they don't cause problems.
You said you "need to go back on Lexapro". You might find that going back on it not only relieves your anxiety, but also reduces pain. Doctors don't exactly know why -- but some of the antidepressant/anti-anxiety meds also work to reduce pain in some patients. Given all the other physical conditions you describe (back problems, hip replacement, etc.) it's no wonder you have pain in your neck and shoulders. Some of that may well be caused by your other physical conditions.