How to Cope With MS Hug
Unfortunately, MS hug is a symptom that many with multiple sclerosis (MS) will experience. Though it bears a friendly name, the way it feels is anything but friendly.
Watch the video above to learn about MS hug, or read the written summary below.
What Does MS Hug Feel Like?
MS causes contractions in the ribcage, which leads to a sensation of compression around your chest. It can last a few seconds or a few hours — it really depends on the person. In rare cases, it can last even longer.
What Can Be Done?
There isn't too much you can do to treat MS hug, but you can do the following to help ease the pain until it passes:
Try to breathe further down into your stomach. Feel how your stomach is expanding, rather than your chest.
Once you start to feel the constriction of the MS hug, grab a soothing cup of tea. It will help relax you and soothe your muscles.
Stay away from tight clothes — or change into something loose if your MS hug has already begun.