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What is the treatment for a multiple sclerosis (MS) hug?

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You’re more likely to trigger an MS hug if you’re feeling stressed, overworked, or very tired. So try to take good care of yourself and avoid a flare-up.

Here are a few things to try to avoid a multiple sclerosis (MS) hug:

  • Apply a warm compress. (Note: Heat may cause more pain in some people.)
  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a healthy diet.
  • Get a massage.
  • Stay rested and get at least 8 hours of sleep each night.
  • Use deep breathing techniques, yoga, and meditation.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing.

From: What Is the MS Hug? WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

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

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

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

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

SOURCES:

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

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

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

National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America.

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 10, 2018

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