Hi just wondering if the symptoms of gripping chest pain can last for days or longer . I fell off my horse and although I didnt fall on my upper chest `i have been left with severe pain in the front and left side of my upper chest spreading round to the right side but less severely… I have general mshug symptoms which are quite transient but this time it has lasted for 5 days and still going.Does anyone else have a more lasting chest/rib pain?

I’m GG as well, MS hug or girdle effect Why does MS cause the hug or girdle effect? This is a spasm-type symptom that is one of the more unusual effects of MS. Between each of our ribs are tiny muscles called intercostal muscles. These hold the ribs in place but provide flexibility at the same time. If these muscles go into spasm, the result can be uncomfortable or painful. This is sometimes referred to as ‘banding’. Effects People with this symptom of MS describe a burning or tight sensation which spreads around the rib cage, causing a crushing feeling that can range from uncomfortable to very painful. Sometimes it is accompanied by pins and needles. Most commonly felt around the ribs, occasionally the effect is experienced in the hands or feet. Treatments Individuals with MS who experience the hug or girdle effect do not always have the same degree of intensity of pain. For some, it is no more than an uncomfortable feeling, which passes without the need for any treatment. Others, however, need pain relief to deal with the spasm. Analgesic cream, warmth and painkillers are all used to provide relief. Your medical professional will discuss how best to manage your pain and will bear in mind any other drugs you are taking I presume you have seen a GP, had x-ray; make sure nothing was broken. George

You could be badly bruised from the fall, you could have cracked a rib. That might explain the lasting pain. It might not be MShug. Maybe get a GP/nurse to check if the pain is still there?

thanks for your advice


Thankyou I got the doc to check it as I did wonder about the damage etc, nothing serious found so its painkillers and carry on for now.

My husband had a fall and they checked him out and said he was fine. He had all this pain, so i forced him to A&E and they found a hairline fracture on one of his ribs. He just had to rest up but boy he was in pain. Especially as i had to do deep breathing to avoid pneumonia as he was a long term COPD sufferer.

so perhaps if your pain doesnt settle have an xray?