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Old 01-22-2005, 08:54 PM   #1
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Ms Hug

Could someone explain to me what a "ms hug" is...I have seen it mentioned here before...Thanks

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Old 01-23-2005, 09:00 AM   #2
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Re: Ms Hug

I'm wondering the same thing!!

Old 01-23-2005, 11:06 AM   #3
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Re: Ms Hug

I think its when you feel like there's a big ol' bear hug happening and your chest is constricted. But I'm not sure.

Old 01-23-2005, 12:48 PM   #4
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Re: Ms Hug

It's when you have a squeezing sensation aroung your upper midsection, usually around the diaphragm or even higher around the lungs. It is sometimes called girdling, like an old fashioned bodice girdle has been cinched up too tightly. When the hug happens it can hurt to breath deeply. Like any other MS symptom, there is variation in degree of intensity and exact location.

Hope this helps.

Take care,

Old 01-27-2005, 05:16 PM   #5
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Re: Ms Hug

I asked my nuro doc about the MS Hug and he said he had never heard of it, or conected it to MS. Please explain?

Old 01-27-2005, 08:03 PM   #6
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Re: Ms Hug

MS Hug is a nickname. My daughter's doctor calls it girdling. Here's a quote from a well know MS organization:

“Paresthesia” refers to any abnormal sensation: prickling, tingling, pins and needles, “ants crawling on my skin,” or a tight girdling around the torso, nicknamed “the MS hug”.

I've also heard the painful girdling called "Dysesthesia."

Hope this helps.


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