I haven’t posted about Multiple Sclerosis for awhile because I really haven’t had anything new to write about but the past few weeks I have been experiencing what people call the Multiple Sclerosis Hug. The first time I heard about it was a few months ago and now that I have researched it I think it may be what some of back pain has actually been this whole time.
Anyway lets get to what the MS Hug is a “band-like” sensation that feels like a tight strap or girdle wrapped around the torso area. This is the best description of it I could find. I have looked high and low for more information on this and anything else I could find about it and I am having no luck. Which I am finding to be a pretty common this when it comes to some of the symptoms that I have been having as of lately.
That being said those that know about the medication I am on might worry that it could be a serious side effect of the medication I am taking and I can assure you it isn’t that. I have felt these ways for years I just never put everything together. I should have figured it all had something to do with the MS but since they come and go I usually forget about it after they pass.
I couldn’t really find any statistics on how often it happens but one site did say up to 75% of will experience pain but they don’t have one for how many people experience the MS Hug. They say it cause by a lesion on the spinal cord that affects the muscles between your ribs.
I haven’t talked with my doctor about this yet but I will be talking to her at the end of the month after I have an MRI so I will see what she recommends when it comes to treatment and things like that. I did see there are a few medications you can take to try and help with it but I don’t think I will do anything for mine at this point because it does come and go. Now if it ever sticks around for awhile I will for sure figure out some treatment options.
Is there anything you would like to know more about? If so please leave a comment and I will write about it in the next few weeks!