I am presently in the diagnostic phase with my medical team, with MS and ALS as current diagnostic considerations. I have a question about one of my symptoms. Specifically, I have experienced significant, near-constant mid-back and shoulder tightness and pain for the past 5 months. My doctors are now starting to wonder if this might represent diagnostically-relevant spasticity instead of benign back pain unrelated to MS or ALS. While I await my MRI, I wanted to ask if anyone could assist me in distinguishing back spasticity from benign back pain/tightness. Is there anything that separates MS-related spasticity in the back from benign back pain?
Thank you very much for any insights!