The Story of MS Hug


With lifestyle changes taking place at a brisk pace, we have become prone to ailments that till now were not known to many, or for that matter did not even exist. Events like these, no wonder, have made us realize the very essence of health, fitness, and a proper routine in our lives.

One such unfamiliar sickness is MS Hug, a painful symptom coming out of the Multiple Sclerosis family.

What is MS Hug?

As the name suggests, one feels like a tight band encircling, squeezing, or hugging the chest or ribs. The relevance and impact of MS Hug are such that it affects more than 55% of the people suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, from here on MS. It is to be noted that the chest pain arising from MS Hug can be mistaken for other ailments related to heart diseases, gallbladder problems however, chest or abdominal pain can hint towards a sign of a much serious condition.

Symptoms pointing out MS Hug

One of the most intriguing facts about MS Hug is that each person has a different version of experiencing it.  The tightness occurs between the neck and waist, while the pain usually occurs on both sides of the body and can usually hover from a slight tickle to an unbearable grip that makes it difficult to breathe.

MS Symptoms

These symptoms broadly feature under 3 categories:-

Motor Symptoms

These are pretty common MS symptoms that severely impact mobility which in-turn affects the quality of life. Weakness, slowness, and speech issues are some of the many effects that come under the gamut of Motor symptoms.

Cognitive Symptoms

The majority of MS patients develop cognitive difficulties. Problems with memory, focus, and processing information, usually takes place under this symptom.

General Symptoms

Patients usually develop fatigue that is severe enough to impact the daily routine. Changes in physical sensation also occur in this type of symptom.

Causes of MS Hug

Nervous Systems like the brain and spinal cord get attacked by the body’s immune system. Damage caused to the Myelin, which protects the nerves results in interference with messages sent from the nerves to the brain and the body.

In MS Hug, pain occurs across nerves and muscles and in some cases, both. Due to the pain in nerves, abnormal sensations of MS Hug are produced while when it comes to the muscles, spasms are pretty common. These are the ones that trigger difficulties in walking, moving, etc.

In addition to what we have discussed above, heat, stress, and exertion also go on to become the base for a bigger problem which is MS Hug. Cases of its relapse have also been seen in patients and one has to be completely at rest and be stress-free. Stress is indeed one of the most common and often overlooked causes for MS-Hug.

MS Hug can be tricky. You may either be misunderstanding it with some other disease or vice-versa, but at the end of the day, what would matter is its rapid detection and cure.