Tips for Managing the MS Hug

In this newlifeoutlook video, Sebastian talks about a common symptom associated with multiple sclerosis: the MS hug. An MS hug is when a patient feels a tight, constricting pressure around their chest. It can last for a few seconds or as long as several hours.

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Sebastian notes that there isn’t much you can do to avoid an MS hug, but there are ways that you can make yourself more comfortable. Practicing deep belly breathing will take some of the pressure off your chest and help you relax. Some people find that drinking warm drinks like tea or soup broth can help, while others suggest changing into loose-fitting clothing to alleviate some pressure and make the body more comfortable.

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  1. Denise Highland says:

    Hi I have had the ms hug for quite a few years nothing makes it go away it came on without me doing anything. Just one of those unexplained ms symptoms. .

    • Dianne Roncal, DMD says:

      We are very sorry to hear that, Denise. Hopefully, someday, something gets developed to get rid of this.

  2. Herb says:

    I have had MS Hug since being diagnosed in 2007. I found that wearing a light elastic band around my midriff dissipates the sensation of tightness. And, it helps to hide my pot belly as well. A win-win solution!

  3. Judi dobson says:

    Hi my last one lasted nine days. It was very intense to point I couldn’t sleep much and would wake crying and couldn’t breath. I’d have to sit up. My dr knew told me to wait it out. Increased my baclifen which helped some. Have had two this year.

  4. Tracey R. Thomas says:

    I have these quite often…my main problem is, I have very large breasts, I need one those industrial looking things to keep them up and off of my stomach and NOT bouncing. Even though it doesn’t feel good to have them ‘everywhere’ at night when I sleep, I’ve found that my bra, which has a very tight band, is misery so I have to take it off a lot and can’t sleep with it on at all any more. I would give anything for a breast reduction. So…until they start giving those surgeries away for free or very, very cheap…I’ll only leave the house when I can stand to wear my bra!Unless someone has a good answer for me.

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