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What does it feel like to have an MS hug?

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This feeling is different for each person. You might have pain under your ribcage or between your neck and waist. It can be achy, sharp, or burning. It can last a few seconds to a few hours, and in rare cases, a few days. Some people have tingling or tickling, while others have crippling pressure below the ribs that can make it hurt to breathe. People often say it’s like wearing a girdle around your middle. For that reason, it’s also called the “MS girdle” or “girdle-band” sensation.

SOURCES:

John Hopkins Medicine: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Galey, T. International Journal of MS Care, winter 2004.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: “Give Me A Hug, But Not an MS Hug.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on April 4, 2020

SOURCES:

John Hopkins Medicine: “Multiple Sclerosis (MS).”

Galey, T. International Journal of MS Care, winter 2004.

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation: “Give Me A Hug, But Not an MS Hug.”

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

Reviewed by Christopher Melinosky on April 4, 2020

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